One of the highlights of the BlogHer Food conference in San Francisco was the closing panel, featuring keynote speakers Shauna James Ahern (Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef), Molly Wizenberg, (Orangette) and Michael Ruhlman (Michael Ruhlman). Just as it was about to wrap up, Ruhlman leapt from his seat for an inspiring, rally-the-food-blogging-troops rant (and I mean that in a good way) about why food is important and cooking is even more important and why we all have a duty to carry that forth if we want to see the human race succeed and thrive. Does that sound like Ruhlman was exaggerating a bit? Ruhlman would say he's not. Ruhlman has been transformed and inspired by a book he has read, and re-read multiple times: "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human," by Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham.
Afterward, food photographers and videographers Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple, who were at the conference as panelists, cornered Ruhlman. They asked him to elaborate on the book -- why it means so much to him, why true foodies should read it and why they'll be inspired by it. See the must-watch results, above. Warning: There's a touch of salty language, and this video will make you want to run to your kitchen -- or run into someone else's kitchen.
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