Food started me on this journey. If it’s not a major source of joy, community, and connection, the opportunity is there to make it so.
Marion Nestle does it. She returned after recently launching her book Let’s Ask Marion, which I consider her most accessible. I read What To Eat, around 500 pages, and loved it, but Let’s Ask Marion is under 200, with quick chapters, though still comprehensive in covering her most important topics.
Our conversation covers background not in the book of her and her co-author, Kerry Trueman, who researched the questions, asked them, and planned with Marion the book’s structure and content.
Since her first appearance on this podcast, I sat in on her class at NYU—one of the benefits of teaching there myself—so got to know her work and history in more depth. She helped found the field of food research. I was glad to get some of that personal touch at the end—the plants Marion grows and her attitude to them.
She wrote in the book that her top consideration about food is that it’s delicious. It’s personal. We can grow it. I hope that connection to our food came out in our conversation and that we can increase it.
Most Americans seem to view food, exercise, and the environment with horror, sources of guilt, shame, confusion, and uncertainty. Marion lives the opposite. I think I do too. Knowing all about food and our food systems may seem like work, but it leads to delicious joy, community, and connection.