Cooked - Season 1, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

Part IV: Earth

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Of all the traditional methods he explored, says Pollan, fermentation is the most mysterious: the work of "cooking" is done not with heat, but by microbes. It is also more common in our diets than we realize, involved in a third of the foods we eat. Director Peter Bull travels to Peru to visit women who chew yuca root and collectively spit it out into a vat so enzymes in their saliva will jump-start the fermentation process for the making of the traditional beverage masato.

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