Cooking connects people with their food on a personal, nutritional and even spiritual level. But it’s easy to drift away from your kitchen range when there’s an ever-growing freezer section in the grocery store. The trend is clear in a two-year-old study by the marketing group, NPD: there’s a steady decline in the number of people who say they don’t cook. For Native Americans, there’s the potential added loss of traditional practices. Should you spend more time in the kitchen?
Teresa Jones – diabetes program coordinator at Yellow Hawk Clinic
Dr. Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa) – chef and owner of Red Mesa Cuisine. She has a Ph.D in culinary anthropology from the University of New Mexico focusing on Native American cuisine
Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz (Tewa and Chicana) – natural foods chef and traditional herbalist
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