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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Watch an Animated Michael Pollan Talk on How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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By now most of us are familiar with Michael Pollan's no. 1 food rule: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He developed that thesis further in his new book, Cooked, in which he hypothesizes that the food you eat doesn't matter as much as who makes it -- that is, whether it's made by an individual or a corporation.

Basically, it's good news for all you would-be dieters out there. Pollan hypothesizes that you can eat anything you want, as long as you make it yourself, because you're naturally going to use less sugar, salt, and fat than corporations, and you also probably won't make high-maintenance items, like french fries, all that often.

The book goes further than just nutritional advice. It's a fascinating read that delves into the elements that humans use to transform ingredients into food -- fire, water, air, and earth -- and makes you want to get in the kitchen and get your hands dirty.

But if you want the Cliff's Notes, so to speak, the folks at the RSA have animated one of Pollan's recent talks in which he goes into this theory of corporate vs. homemade food. It's a fun little watch while you're eating your (hopefully brought-from-home) lunch. Enjoy.

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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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