Many people have asked me over the past couple of weeks if I’ve read Michael Pollan’s new book “Cooked.” I have not had a chance to read it yet, but lifestyle blogger Starre Vartan reviewed “Cooked,” and she says that the argument Pollan makes in the book “is definitely convincing.”

What’s the argument he makes? Pollan made an appearance on “The Colbert Report” recently to discuss that.

When it comes to your food, it doesn’t get much more simple than “who is cooking it?” Pollan’s assertion that if a “human being is cooking for you, and not a corporation, you’re fine” makes a lot of common sense. Of course that doesn’t mean if a human being is taking frozen pizza rolls out of a box and heating them up for you, it’s fine. There’s a difference between cooking and heating up. Cooking uses raw ingredients and uses them to create a meal.

After reading Starre’s thoughts on “Cooked” and watching Colbert’s interview with Pollan, “Cooked” is going on the to-be-read pile. I’m also even more convinced that teaching my sons to cook is incredibly important. I’ve wanted to give them the skills so they can help out now, cook for themselves when they’re adults, and never see cooking as just the woman’s job. Now it seems I can add Pollan’s reasons for the importance of teaching them to cook to my list.

As an aside, I love that Pollan admitted that he has what Colbert called a “shame food.” Whenever I learn that someone like Pollan will once in a while grab something like a box of Cracker Jacks, his confessed “shame food,” I always feel better about he imperfections in eating that happen in my family. 

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