Michael Pollan Explains How We "Cook" Matters

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Michael Pollan Explains How We "Cook" Matters

Author and food activist Michael Pollan has been making the media rounds promoting his latest book, Cooked, in which he explains how the key to our health is in how we could our food. In addition to stopping by the NYC studio of NPR (listen HERE), he also made a visit (his fourth) to The Colbert Report:

The premise and argument of the book are quite simple to understand, as the book jacket explains,

"The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life."

Pollan is not the first to discuss the importance of a home-cooked meal—I mean, our grandmothers knew this shit ages ago. Through a retelling of our food cultural history, Pollan succeeds in explaining how the food industry has succeeded in manipulating our bodies into craving their own form of "cooked" food.

You can both read and listen to the audio of the "Introduction" to Cooked at his website.