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Michael Pollan: "Cooked"

For decades, the convenience of fast foods kept many Americans out of the kitchen, but a slow food movement is bringing them back. Michael Pollan helped spur that movement by guiding readers through the food chain and examining why and how we eat. Now Pollan is taking to the kitchen in an effort to reclaim cooking as an enjoyable and important part of daily life. He joins Kojo to talk about his culinary adventures.

Video From Inside The Studio

Michael Pollan, the best-selling author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food," says the family dinner table is where children learn to share, converse and take turns. "I feel funny saying this, but meals are really an important institution. I really believe that the family meal is the nursery of democracy." Pollan adds that the individuality of frozen microwave meals is not conducive to family happiness.

Chefs & Food Writers React To 'Cooked'

Watch as celebrated chefs Mario Batali and Alice Waters, along with food writer Samin Nosrat —- who tutored Pollan in the art of pot cooking -— discuss this seminal piece of non-fiction writing.

Michael Pollan On 'The Colbert Report'

"Cooked" author Michael Pollan explains to Stephen Colbert that the most important thing about one's diet is not a nutrient, it's an activity.

Read An Excerpt

Excerpt from "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" by Michael Pollan. Copyright 2013 by Michael Pollan. Reprinted here by permission of Penguin Press. All rights reserved.


The Forgotten Actor Who Battled Hollywood's Whiteness In The 1950s

Remember P. Jay Sidney? Probably not, but Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker unearthed the story of this actor and advocate's push to diversify the TV world 50 years ago.

Cascara 'Tea': A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

Hot or cold, in a soda, hot toddy or beer — people are finding all sorts of ways to imbibe cascara. It's a caffeinated, tea-like drink with a fruity flavor made from dried coffee cherries.
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U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

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