April 22, 2013 - Michael Pollan

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The Boston manhunt ends, Canadian police expose an Al Qaeda plot, America's infrastructure earns a bad grade, and Michael Pollan describes the four ways of cooking.

>> Stephen: TONIGHT, THE

BOSTON NIGHTMARE IS OVER.

GOOD NEWS-- YANKEE FANS CAN

START HATING THE RED SOX AGAIN.

( LAUGHTER ).

AND THE GEORGE W. BUSH LIBRARY

IS OPENING, EXCEPT THE HISTORY

SECTION.

THAT'S BEING REWRIttenN.

( LAUGHTER ).

THEN MY GUEST MICHAEL POLLAN HAS

A NEW BOOK ABOUT HOW RAW

INGREDIENTS BECOME.

SIMPLE-- YOU PUNCTURE THE

WRAPPER AND SET IT ON HIGH FOR

THREE MINUTES.

( LAUGHTER ).

TODAY IS THE 43rd ANNUAL

EARTH DAY.

AT THAT AGE NO WONDER ITS ICE

CAPS ARE RECEDING.

( LAUGHTER ).

THIS IS THE "COLBERT REPORT"

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

THANK YOU!

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN.

PLEASE, SIT DOWN, WE HAVE TO GET

TO THE NEWS HERE.

FOLKS, WHAT CAN I SAY BUT WOW.

WHAT A WEEKEND OF NEWS.

LET ME CATCH YOU UP.

PREVIOUSLY ON THE "COLBERT

REPORT," I TOLD YOU THAT THE

F.B.I. WERE SEARCHING FOR

SUSPECT 1 AND SUSPECT 2, WHICH

THEY NARROWED DOWN FROM I DON'T

KNOW AND MAYBE THAT GUY.

THEN THURSDAY NIGHT, RIGHT AFTER

MY SHOW AIRED -- COINCIDENCE?

LET HISTORY DECIDE.

( LAUGHTER ).

WE FOUND OUT THAT TWO BROTHERS,

TAMERLAN TSARNAEV AND HIS

YOUNGER BROTHER...

( LAUGHTER )

A LITTLE HELP.

>> ZO-car sa-MY-ev.

>> ja-HAR zar-NYE-eff.

>> JOE-car SAR-nev.

>> JOE-hay sar-NAY-off.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: I'M GOING TO GO

WITH WHITE HAT GUY.

( LAUGHTER )

THESE BROTHERS KILLED A YOUNG

POLICEMAN, CARJACKED AN S.U.V.,

ENDING WITH A HIGH-SPEED CHASE

AND A FIREFIGHT IN WHICH

TAMERLAN WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED,

ENDING HIS LIFE AS ALL ISLAMIC

TERRORISTS DREAM-- AT BETH

ISRAEL HOSPITAL.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

MEANWHILE-- MEANWHILE, WHITE HAT

GUY FLED THE SCENE SO

AUTHORITIES START A MASSIVE

MANHUNT, ORDERING THE ENTIRE

CITY OF BOSTON TO

SHELTER-IN-PLACE.

MARKING THE FIRST TIME AN

AMERICAN CITY HAS BEEN

COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN IF YOU

DON'T COUNT DETROIT.

( LAUGHTER )

IT IS-- IT IS UNPRECEDENTED,

FOLKS.

CNN'S SUSAN CANDIOTTI 7, I

THINK, CAPTUREDLY THE FEELING

BEST.

>> THE STREETS ARE EMPTY.

IT'S EERIE.

IT'S AS THOUGH A BOMB HAD

DROPPED SOMEWHERE.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: WELL SAID.

THAT'S CNN SUSAN CANDIOTTI

REPORTING LIVE FROM

NO-(BLEEP)YLVANIA.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

THEY FINALLY CAUGHT WHITE HAT

GUY HIDING IN A BOAT, AND HE'S

BEEN FORMALLY CHARGED.

THE QUESTION IS HOW SHOULD THE

UNITED STATES RESPOND TO THIS

ACT OF TERROR?

WHERE SHOULD WE STRIKE BACK?

WELL, LET'S REVIEW WHAT WE KNOW.

THEY ARE MUSLIMS.

THEY ARE BROTHERS.

WHICH MAKES THEM THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

( LAUGHTER ).

THAT MEANS EGYPT.

( LAUGHTER )

THEN AGAIN, THEY ARE FROM

CHECHNYA, A FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF

THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION LOCATED

IN THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS,

WHICH MAKES THESE TERRORISTS

CAUCASIANS.

( LAUGHTER ).

SO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR

CAUCASIAN MALES WITH DARK HAIR

AND ANGER ISSUES, AND I BELIEVE

WE HAVE A COMPUTER COMPOSITE.

( LAUGHTER )

YES.

( APPLAUSE )

THAT IS THE FACE OF EVIL!

( LAUGHTER )

NOW, SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE

CONFUSE CHECHNYA WITH THE CZECH

REPUBLIC, BUT THE CZECH

AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. RELEASED

A STATEMENT SAYING THE CZECH

REPUBLIC AND CHECHNYA ARE TWO

VERY DIFFERENT ENTITIES.

HMMM.

ME THINKS HE DOTH PROTEST TOO

MUCH.

( LAUGHTER )

BECAUSE IT DOTH SOUND TOO MUCH

LIKE THAT OTHER THING I DOTH

THOUGHT IT WAS.

( LAUGHTER )

NICE TRY, YOUR AMBASSADORSHIP.

I'M WATCHING YOU, CZECH

REPUBLIC.

YOU, TOO, CHEX MIX.

( LAUGHTER ).

( APPLAUSE )

NOW, EVEN THOUGH-- EVEN THOUGH

THESE BROTHERS ARE ETHNICALLY

CHECHEN BEFORE COMING TO

THE U.S. THEY ALSO SPENT TIME IN

KRYGYZSTAN AND CAS CONTACT STAN,

PLACES SYNONYMOUS WITH UNREST

AND HIGH WORD SCORES IN

SCRABBLE.

( LAUGHTER ).

SO IF WE PUT THE PIECES OF THE

PUZZLE TOGETHER-- RUSSIA,

CHECHNYA, CIRSIG ZACH,

KAZAKHSTAN, THE CZECH REPUBLIC,

IT IS CLEAR WE MUST INVADE IRAQ.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

I'M SAYING.

I'M JUST SAYING, IT WORKED THE

FIRST TIME.

AND THE SECOND TIME.

( LAUGHTER )

AND, FOLKS, I AM RIGHT NOW BEING

TOLD BY THIS PROMPTER THAT

THERE'S BREAKING NEWS IN THE WAR

ON TERROR.

JIM.

>> CANADIAN POLICE SAY THEY

FOILED A PLOT THAT HAD SUPPORT

FROM AL QAEDA TO DERAIL A TRAIN.

TWO MEN ARE UNDER ARREST.

U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE

F.B.I. WERE ALSO INVOLVED.

>> THE PLAN WAS TO BLOW UP A

BRIDGE IN CANADA WHILE A TRAIN

WAS CROSSING, A TRAIN WHICH

TORONTO AND NEW YORK CITY

COMMUTERS USE.

>> THIS IS A TESTAMENT TO THE

STRENGTH OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS

WITH CANADIAN AND AMERICAN LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

>> Stephen: YES, THE ROYAL

CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE, OR

MOUNTIES, HAVE THWARTED AN

AL QAEDA-INSPIRED TERRORIST

ATTACK, WHICH IS QUITE A FATE

CONSIDERING HOW HARD IT IS FOR

THEM TO GO UNDER COVER.

FOLKS, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A

WORD TO OUR FRIENDS UP NORTH--

YOU CANADIANS ARE A BRAVE AND

HEROIC PEOPLE.

IF I HAVE SAID IT ONCE, THIS IS

THE ONE TIME I SAID IT.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS )

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I-- I WANT

ALL MY MAPLE-BLOOD BROTHERS TO

KNOW THAT WE WOULD PUT IT ON THE

LINE TO PROTECT YOU IF THERE WAS

ANYONE WHO DISLIKED YOU.

( LAUGHTER )

SO THANK YOU, CANADA.

THIS IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU

HAVE GIVEN OUR COUNTRY SINCE

YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE PROVIDING

A PLAUSIBLE PLACE FOR OUR

NONEXISTENT GIRLFRIENDS TO BE

FROM.

( LAUGHTER )

AND I AM NOT-- I AM NOT THE ONLY

NEWSMAN SHOWING CANADA THE

PROPER RESPECT, SHEP.

>> LET'S GET THE DETAILS.

IN ENGLISH AND IN FRENCH.

IT'S HOW THEY ROLL.

AND THEY'RE STILL SAYING HOLE

OVER THERE AND THEY'RE GOING TO

SAY HELLO FOR A LONG TIME.

THEY DO-- YOU KNOW, GOD LOVE

CANADA BUT THEY-- THEY-- THEY'RE

NOT GREAT AT THE TELEVISION.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Stephen: SHEP'S RIGHT,

THEY'RE NOT GREAT AT THE

TELEVISION.

THEY JUST WASTE TIME, UNLIKE FOX

NEWS WHICH TODAY HAD A LOT OF

GREAT FOOTAGE OF CANADIANS

WASTING TIME ON TELEVISION.

OF COURSE, THERE HAS BEEN

WALL-TO-WALL COVERAGE OF THESE

TERRORIST ATTACKS ALL WEEK

BECAUSE THE MEDIA LOVES

REPORTING BAD NEWS.

I BACK THAT UP WITH DETAILS BUT

OUR FACT CHECKER WAS HIT BY A

A BUS CARRYING MEDICINE TO AN

ORPHANAGE FOR PUPPIES AND

WHEELCHAIRS.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT TONIGHT, I AM HERE TO TELL

YOU TO BUCK UP, AMERICA.

IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE FEW

AMERICANS WHO STILL HAS A BUCK

BECAUSE IT'S TIME FOR TINY

TRIUMPHS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

FOLKS, THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF

CIVIL ENGINEERS RECENTLY

RELEASED THEIR QUADRENNIAL

REPORT CARD, AND FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN 15 YEARS WE IMPROVED OUR

GRADE.

IN 2009, THEY GAVE OUR

INFRASTRUCTURE A

D, BUT THIS YEAR WE HAVE

ROCKETED UP TO D-PLUS.

BOOM!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WE ARE CLIMBING THE LADDER.

( LAUGHTER )

BY THE WAY, DO NOT CLIMB THAT

LADDER.

IT IS A DEATH TRAP.

FOLKS, THIS REPORT, WHICH GIVES

A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF A

NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE WAS

RELEASED IN MARCH, BUT I JUST

GOT IT BECAUSE THE DELIVERY

TRUCK SPENT FOUR DAYS STUCK IN A

POTHOLE.

( LAUGHTER )

BE PROUD, NATION.

BECAUSE WE HAVE BOOSTED OUR

GRADE IN ALL 16 INFRASTRUCTURE

SUBJECTS, EXCEPT FOR 10 OF THEM.

( LAUGHTER ).

FOR MORE, WE TURN TO THE FIRST

NAME IN CRUMBLING, CNN.

JIM.

>> SIX CATEGORIES SAW

IMPROVEMENT.

BRIDGES, RAILROADS, DRINKING

WATER, SOLID WASTE, AND

WASTEWATER.

SOLID WASTE EARNED THE HIGHEST

GRADE ON THE REPORT, A B-MINUS--

GO, SOLID WASTE.

( APPLAUSE )

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: YES, YES.

GO SOLID WASTE.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, TUCKER

CARLSON IS THE NEW HOST OF "FOX

& FRIENDS WEEKEND."

GO, TUCKER.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, WE CAN

NOW PROUDLY SAY THAT ONLY 25% OF

OUR NATION'S BRIDGES ARE

STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT OR

FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THERE IS A THREE-IN-FOUR CHANCE

IF YOU DRIVE ACROSS A BRIDGE,

YOU WILL MAKE IT TO THE OTHER

SIDE.

AND AMERICA CAN HOLD ITS HEAD

HIGH, KNOWING WHEN IT COMES TO

OUR NATION'S LEVEES, 8% ARE IN

ACCEPTABLE CONDITION.

OF THE REMAINING LEVEES, 22% ARE

UNACCEPTABLE, 42% ARE

CONSTRUCTED OF OLD MARSHMALLOW

PEEPS, AND 28% DON'T WANT TO

WORK.

THEY JUST WANT TO BANG ON THE

DRUM ALL DAY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

NATION, I BELIEVE THIS INSPIRING

D-PLUS IS A GRADE WE CAN ALL BE

PROUD OF.

IN FACT, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD

HANG THIS REPORT CARD SOMEWHERE

HIGH WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE IT.

BUT NOT A BRIDGE.

( LAUGHTER )

IT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE

LOAD.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT KEEP THOSE PARTY HATS ON,

NATION, BECAUSE I'VE GOT MORE

GOOD NEWS TO REPORT.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

AGENCY STUDY SAYS THAT MORE THAN

HALF OF U.S. RIVERS ARE UNABLE

TO SUSTAIN LIFE.

BUT I AM AN OPTIMIST.

I PREFER TO SEE OUR NATION'S

RIVERS AS HALF NOT A

PHOSPHOROUS-SOAKED-AQUATIC

GRAVEYARD.

AND THIS SUMMER YOU CAN HAVE

JUST AS MUCH FUN IN A SO-CALLED

POLLUTED RIVER.

NO TIRE SWING?

JUST JUMP IN AND CHANCES ARE

YOU'LL LAND ON ONE.

IF ONLY 45% OF OUR RIVERS AND

STREAMS CAN SUPPORT LIFE, I'LL

SAY THE PROBLEM ISN'T WITH THE

WATER, IT'S WITH THE FISH.

HEY, IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE

HEAT, GET OUT OF THE WATER THAT

FOR SOME REASON IS ON FIRE.

( LAUGHTER ).

SO CHEER UP, NATION.

THESE TWO REPORTS SHOW THAT

WE'RE GOING TO BE JUST FINE.

EVEN IF A BRIDGE DOES COLLAPSE,

CHANCES ARE THE RIVER WILL BE SO

POLLUTED, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO

DRIVE RIGHT ACROSS IT.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANKS SO MUCH.

NATION, SUMMER IS COMING AND I

KNOW YOU'RE LOOKING FOR JUST THE

RIGHT VACATION.

WHAT WILL KIDS LIKE, THE BEACH,

THE MOUNTAINS?

THE ANSWER IS AS ALWAYS, THEIR

iPADS.

NOT ANYMORE, FOLKS, BECAUSE THIS

SUMMER YOU CAN SHOW YOUR KIDS

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES AT THE

LIBRARY.

>> ON THURSDAY, THE BUSH FAMILY

DEDICATES THE GEORGE W. BUSH

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY IN DALLAS.

IT OPENED TO THE PUBLIC MAY 1.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT, MAY

1, 10 YEARS TO THE DAY SINCE

GEORGE BUSH FAMOUSLY LANDED ON

THE DECK OF THE USS "ABRAHAM

LINCOLN" AND DECLARED MISSION

ACCOMPLISHED, WHICH MEANS THE

LIBRARY WILL BE FINISHED IN

ANOTHER EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

NATION, I AM SO PUMPED!

BECAUSE THIS THING IS GOING TO

BE PACKED WITH BUSH-NOGRAPHY.

MORE THAN 43,000 ARTIFACTS AND

200 MILLION E-MAILS WILL BE ON

DISPLAY.

AND THOSE 200 MILLION E-MAILS

COULD HAVE ALMOST 18 NONREDACTED

WORDS.

BUT THAT'S NOT EVEN THE BEST

PART.

>> WOULD YOU HAVE INVADED IRAQ

IF YOU WERE PRESIDENT?

OR BAIL OUT WALL STREET?

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

WANTS TO KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD

HAVE DONE.

IT'S PART OF A NEW INTERACTIVE

THEATER FEATURED IN THE GEORGE

W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND

MUSEUM.

>> Stephen: YES, THE LIBRARY

INCLUDES INTERACTIVE ROLE

PLAYING WHERE THE PRESIDENT

HANDS OVER THE REINS OF POWER

TO SOMEONE ELSE, JUST LIKE HE

DID WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

IT'S LIKE-- WHAT'S IT LIKE.

IT'S LIKE-- IT'S LIKE A

PRESIDENTIAL "CHOOSE YOUR OWN

ADVENTURE."

I MEAN, WOULD YOU DEPLOY FEDERAL

TROOPS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA,

OR RELY ON LOCAL FORCES?

WOULD YOU BAIL OUT WALL STREET,

OR LET THE BANKS FAIL?

WOULD YOU INVADE IRAQ OR LEAVE

SADDAM HUSSEIN IN POWER?

IT REALLY GIVES YOU PERSPECTIVE.

LET'S SEE YOU SIFT THROUGH

MOUNTAINS OF INTELLIGENCE SAYING

SADDAM DIDN'T HAVE WEAPONS OF

MASS DESTRUCTION TO FINDS THE

ONE MEMO THAT IMPLIES THAT HE

MIGHT.

BUT, FOLKS, AS EXCITED AS

I AM, I MUST CONFESS THERE IS

SOMETHING THAT DEEPLY

DISAPPOINTED ME ABOUT THE BUSH

LIBRARY.

I AM NOT INVITED TO THURSDAY'S

DEDICATION.

>> AWWWW.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

AND I'M HURT.

ON MY INSIDE FEELING PART.

( LAUGHTER )

I MEAN, AT THE END OF THIS MAN'S

PRESIDENCY, EVEN AS MY FELLOW

CONSERVATIVES WERE ABANDONING

BUSH LIKE RATS ON A SINKING SHIP

ON A CRASH COURSE WITH CAT

ISLAND, I REMAINED FAITHFUL, AND

I'M SURE HE KNOWS THAT FROM THE

WARRANTLESS WIRETAPS HE

AUTHORIZED.

THAT'S OKAY, MR. PRESIDENT.

I FORGIVE YOU.

AND I WILL BE THERE ON DAY ONE,

AND SO SHOULD YOU, NATION.

YOU CAN BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

NOW.

OF COURSE, SOME OF THEM WILL BE

FOR THE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL

LIBRARY.

AND SOME WILL BE FOR THE GORE

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT THE TICKET COUNTERS WILL

READ THEM ALL AS BUSH.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A

BESTSELLING AUTHOR WHOSE NEW

BOOK IS CALLED "COOKED: A

NATURAL HISTORY OF

TRANSFORMATION."

I'VE PRESET MY OVEN TO

FAHRENHEIT 451.

PLEASE WELCOME MICHAEL POLLAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY, MICHAEL.

>> HEY, HOW YOU DOING?

>> Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING BACK.

>> SURE.

I BROUGHT MY CARD.

MY COLBERT SUB CLUB CARD.

>> Stephen: TIMING HERE,

JUST--

>> WHAT DO I GET?

>> Stephen: YOU GET A FREE

FOOT LONG.

EVERYBODY KNOWS, THE AUDIENCE

KNOWS WHO YOU ARE, BUT FOR

PEOPLE AT HOME WHO MAY HAVE

LIFTED IN A CAVE THE LAST FEW

YEARS, YOU'RE THE BESTSELLING

AUTHOR IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, FOOD

RULES.

AND NOW YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK

CALLED "COOKED: A NATURAL

HISTORY OF TRANSFORMATION."

OKAY, MICHAEL, YOU HAVE A

FOOD BOOK PROBLEM.

( LAUGHTER )

OKAY?

NO MATTER HOW MANY FOOD BOOKS

YOU WRITE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

FILL THAT HOLE INSIDE OF YOU.

>> IT'S A WRITING DISORDER.

>> COLBERT: WHAT'S THE LATEST

FLIM-FLAMIN THIS ONE?

DO I HAVE TO HAVE THE COW SIGN A

RELEASE OR SOMETHING LIKE, THAT

PLAY MOZART FOR MY TOMATOES.

>> MUCH EASIER, MUCH EASIER.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S YOUR STORY

HERE.

>> THE STORY IS AFTER FOLLOWING

THE FOOD CHAIN FROM THE FARM TO

YOUR BODY EYE WROTE BOOKS ABOUT

FARMING, I WROTE BOOKS ABOUT

HEALTH.

>> Stephen: EVERYTHING IS

CORN.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: GO AHEAD.

>> AND I REALIZED THE CENTRAL

LINK IN THE FOOD CHAIN WHERE WE

TRANSFORM THE STUFF COMING OFF

THE FARMS INTO MEALS IS THE KEY

LINK.

IT EXPLAINS THE HEALTH PROBLEM

IN THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

ABOUT YOUR DIET IS NOT A

NUTRIENT BUT AN ACTIVITY--

COOKING.

SO THE QUESTION ABOUT YOUR DIET

IS NOT WHAT ARE YOU EATING BUT

WHO IS COOKING IT?

IS IT A HUMAN BEING --

>> Stephen: CONSUELA.

ARE YOU SAYING THESE SHE'S NOT A

GOOD COOK?

WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?

>> I THINK THAT'S GREAT.

IF YOU CAN AFFORD CONSUELA,

FANTASTIC.

AS LONG AS A HUMAN BEING IS

COOKING FOR YOU AND NOT A

CORPORATION, YOU'RE FINE.

>> Stephen: CORPORATION CAN

COOK SO MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY

THAN HUMANS.

THEY HAVE GIANT VATS AND HUGE

MACHINES THAT EXTRUDE FOOD AT MY

FACE.

MACHINES DO IT BETTER SOMETIMES.

LIKE, I CAN'T-- I CAN'T MAKE

FUNIONS AT HOME.

>> AND I CAN'T MAKE CHEESE

NOODLES.

THEY MAKE THAT KIND OF FOOD--

LIKE FRENCH FRIES TOO EASY.

IF YOU WERE COOK AT HOME HOW

OFTEN WOULD YOU MAKE FRENCH

FRIES?

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW HOW

TO MAKE FRENCH FRIES.

>> GOOD.

YOU WON'T MAKE THEM THAT OFTEN.

WHEN CORPORATIONS COOK FRENCH

FRIES FOR US, WE EAT THEM TWO OR

THREE DIFFERENT TIMES A DAY.

THEY USE CHEAP INGREDIENTS AND

LOT OF ADDITIVES TO KEEP THE

FOOD LOOKING FRESHER AND --

>> Stephen: AND CRUNCHY.

>> AND CRUNCHY.

>> Stephen: AND CRISP.

>> BUT THOSE ADDITIVES ARE NOT

SO GOOD FOR US.

THEY COOK WITH LOTS OF CHEMICALS

THAT YOU DON'T HAVE IN YOUR

PANTRY.

>> Stephen: THE BOOK IS SPLIT

UP INTO EARTH, AIR, FIRE.

IS THIS EATING PHILOSOPHY BASED

AT ALL ON THE BAND EARTH, WIND,

AND FIRE.

( LAUGHTER )

BECAUSE I BASE ALL MY EATING ON

THE BAND MEATLOAF.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THESE

DIFFERENT SECTIONS?

EARTH, AIR, FIRE-- THERE'S A

WATER SECTION, TOO.

>> COOKING IS ABOUT

TRANSFORMATIONS OF NATURE INTO

FOOD.

IT'S A MEAL.

AND THERE ARE FOUR MAIN

TRANSFORMATION.

WE COOK WITH FIRE, BARBECUEUE

KNOW ALL ABOUT BARBECUE.

WE COOK IN POTS, WATERS, STEWS,

AND BRAZES.

AIR IS BAKE.

WE INJECT AIR INTO FOOD TO MAKE

IT MORE DELICIOUS AND

NUTRITIOUS, AND EARTH IS COOKING

WITH MICROBE WHICH IS KIND OF

THE MOST INTERESTING OF ALL.

THERE'S A LOT OF BACTERIA IN THE

SOIL, AND WE USE BACTERIA TO

FERMENT, TOO, AND FUNGUS.

>> Stephen: LIKE BEER.

>> BEER, EXACTLY.

BEER IS A GOOD EXAMPLE,

SAUERKRAUT.

THESE FOODS ARE ALL COOKED WOULD

WITHOUT THE USE OF HEAT.

>> Stephen: DO I HAVE TO MAKE

MY OWN BEER OR I CAN DRINK--

GEE.

>> Stephen: CAN I DRINK BUD

LIGHT LIME.

>> YES, YOU CAN.

LOOK, THERE ARE CERTAIN KINDS OF

COOKING WE OUTSOURCE, AND BEER

IS A GOOD EXAMPLE.

ALTHOUGH I DO MAKE BEER.

I LEARNED HOW TO MAKE BEER FOR

THE BOOK.

IT WAS KIND OF FUN AND

SATISFYING.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE A

SHAME FOOD?

DOES MICHAEL POLLAN HAVE A SHAME

FOOD, THE SORT OF THING IF YOU

CONFESSED YOU ATE IT, EVERYONE

WOULD SAY, "THAT MAN IS A

FRAUD?"

WHAT IS IT?

>> WELL, IF I'M BUYING FOOD IN A

GAS STATION, WHICH I DON'T

RECOMMEND DOING, BUT

OCCASIONALLY --

>> Stephen: IT'S CREATED BY

RAW INGREDIENTS.

>> I LIKE CRACKERJACKS.

>> Stephen: OH... THAT'S

HARDLY THE WORST THING IN THE

WORLD.

>> THANK YOU, THAT'S VERY

COMFORTING.

>> Stephen: THEY'VE BEEN

MAKING IT FOR, LIKE, 120 YEARS,

RIGHT.

>> IT'S A TRADITIONAL AMERICAN

FOOD.

>> Stephen: DO YOU EAT THE

PRIZE?

THAT'S WHERE MOST OF THE

NUTRITION IS IN THE CRACKERJACK

BOX.

>> THE PRIZES AREN'T WHAT THEY

USED TO BE.

THEY'RE ALL PAPER NOW.

>> Stephen: I GET SHOCKED BY

THE THINGS I READ.

AM I GOING TO BE SHOCKED BY

ANYTHING I READ HERE OR AM I

GOING TO BE INTRIGUED?

>> I THINK YOU'LL BE SHOCKED.

>> Stephen: WHAT SHOCKS?

>> WELL, WHAT SHOCKS?

I GUESS THE SHOCK IS THE SIMPLE

FACT THAT YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE THE

MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT YOUR

DIET IS WHETHER IT IS COOKED OUR

NOT.

>> Stephen: FICOOK IT MYSELF

CAN I HAVE PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING?

>> YOU CAN HAVE THE PASTA.

MAYBE GET WHOLE WHEEPT PASTA IS

YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: WHOLE WHEAT PASTA

SUCKS.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

MICHAEL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

ON THAT NOTE, MICHAEL POLLAN,

THE BOOK IS "COOKED."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FOR THE

REPORT, EVERYBODY, GOOD NIGHT.

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