05/25/2012 10:19 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Food Connects Us, Says Crescent Dragonwagon (Video)

"We never eat alone," says Crescent Dragonwagon. "Even if you are eating by yourself, you are not alone." That's because one of the three purposes of food is the "medium of benign connection." Who couldn't use a little of that these days!

You'll never think about peaches the same way again after hearing her describe their luscious solution to their reproductive dilemma. After all, they "can't go on to mate!"

Dragonwagon's new cookbook, Bean by Bean, is on my short list of essential cookbooks. Crescent's warmth, wit, and intelligence shine through in her book as they do in this video, taken at the 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference in New York City.

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