In his talk last night in Cleveland, the celebrated and gifted writer and cook, Michael Ruhlman, wove current research into his own personal experiences to tender a compelling argument that the prime strategy for health care costs, obesity, well-being and community building is more people cooking more. I couldn't agree more. He cited the now amazing research demonstrating that it was actually cooking that allowed the human brain to develop beyond its primate origns and civilized the world into the human societies that continue to flourish.
My work for the past several decades on engagement points to the ontological power of cooking as personal and shared transformation. When we cook more, we deepen our connections to ourselves, each other and the planet. No amount of ideologies can ever have the power of cooking.