How Cooking Can Make You a More Conscious Eater

Season 6 Episode 605
Aired on 03/29/2015 | CC tv-14
In his 2006 book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan examines four meals and asks one simple question: Where exactly does our food come from? The book encouraged millions to pay special attention to what made it to their plates.

Michael says that simply cooking can be a great first step for someone who wants to start to eat more consciously. "When you cook, you're forced to remember that you're working with plants and animals and mushrooms. That this is stuff of nature. You're putting your hands on it," he says. "When you handle a cut of meat, you know, a pork shoulder or something, which I love, you realize, you know, this is the muscle of an animal. And it has a purpose, apart from feeding me, and you realize I don't want to waste this. Something gave up its life for me."

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