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In Defense Of Cooking

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In Defense Of Cooking

Michael Pollan needs no introduction. Since The Omnivore’s Dilemma (The Penguin Press, 2006) established him as a prominent food-system American luminary, the New-York-Times-journalist-turned-best-selling-author has been speaking at sold-out events around the country—and abroad. These days, his fans can rejoice in having plenty of opportunities to hear him live, in the mainstream media or in the blogosphere, as he discusses his latest book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.

“It was never my plan to write about cooking,” he recently told packed pews in the beautiful church of San Francisco First Unitarian Universalist Society. But he had a couple of epiphanies: while working on Food Rules, he was told by a transplant cardiologist that the post-surgery prescription he gives his patients is a recipe for roast chicken, with suggestions for how to turn leftovers into a meal on day 2 and a soup on day 3.

A second epiphany was the realization that Americans love watching TV cooking shows a lot more than they do spending time in their kitchen preparing meals. On average, that activity takes up 27 minutes a day, with just 4 minutes spent cleaning up, according to the NPD Group‘s Harry Balzer.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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2:19AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Thank you :)

3:18AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Thanks

10:40PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing this

5:41PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Thank you Laetitia, for Sharing this!

3:18AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thank you :)

2:48AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thank you :)

3:05AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Thank you :)

9:57AM PDT on May 22, 2013

thanks

4:10PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Thx for the info

8:08PM PDT on May 17, 2013

I love cooking. I just cook stuff that tastes great and is terrible for me.,

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