Here's another high-concept end-of-year missive from edge:
Cooked food has so many important biological effects that its adoption should be clearly marked in the fossil record by signals of a reduced digestive system and increased energy use.What separates us from the animals? Cooking! It's not language, tool use, problem solving, or fancy digital watches. It's fire, and the 3qt allclad copper-core saucepan on top of it.
Celebrate your humanity and cook something healthy tonight. We didn't fight our way down from the trees just to microwave frozen burritos. And remember, International Soup Swap Day is January 23.