Men Who Cook: Introduction

We cook for many purposes beyond survival and pleasure. Daniel Patterson, a big-time San Francisco chef who’s not so good with people, has personal reasons for cooking: asylum from the harshness of the world and a quest for innovation in haute cuisine. Zach St. George, still a novice in the art of making bread, finds cooking a time of humbling reflection after a bake-off with Michael Pollan. Patterson, Pollan, and St. George are men who cook, and they bare their souls through the food that they make. The results—whether refined or rustic—are united by a common thread: the drive for perfection.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.