10/13/2011 08:33 am ET Updated Oct 20, 2011

4 Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Greener And Healthier

I just plain love food.

To me, it's so much more than fuel that keeps us going. For one thing, it's so sensual: Choosing, cooking and eating appeals to all the senses -- taste, obviously, but also sight, smell, touch, even sound. It's also communal, the moment when family, and sometimes friends, gather and visit. We pause. We talk. We argue. We laugh.

So, let's talk about this important aspect of our lives. As you know, there are real health hazards to be found in the kitchen. But they can be prevented simply and naturally. You just have to know where to start and how to keep bacteria, microbes and toxic chemicals at bay.

We'll take a look at the top priorities -- from the food you buy, to preparation techniques, to the kitchen products you use.

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