Photo by Ken Light

Photo by Ken Light

Michael Pollan, the best-selling author whose many works are on the shelves of those following food issues, will be in town May 2, at Beth El Synagogue to talk about his new book "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" as part of the synagogue's "Inspiring Minds" series.  Pollan is the author of "Food Rules," "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "In Defense of Food" and other volumes that have been must-reads in the food world. His new book will be published in late April and focuses on the four elements (fire, water, air, earth) that transform the stuff of nature into good things to eat and drink.

Tickets for the event:

$500 for the VIP ticket, which includes a private reception (appetizers by Heidi and Stewart Woodman, chef/owners of Heidi's and Birdhouse) and a photo opportunity with Pollan, reserved seating, a copy of his new book.
$180 for reserved seating and a copy of the book.
$60 for a general admission ticket
$25 for a senior (65 or older) or student general admission.

Part of the proceeds of the event will benefit Appetite for Change, a North Minneapolis nonprofit that uses food as a vehicle for social change. The event will also benefit Beth El Synagogue.

For tickets or more information, see or call 952-873-7300.
The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park.