Why Isn’t Fiber More Glamorous? And Other Questions In “New York Magazine”‘s “The Cut”

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It's a good question. Fiber plays such an important role in our health, thanks in no small part to our microbes. And it is an integral part of so many amazing foods and cuisines. Yet we often see it as a bland obligation. I talked with Edith Zimmerman of New York Magazine's The Cut about …

CANCELED: Book Talk and Signing in OKC March 21 @ Full Circle Bookstore

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I am excited to be returning to my home state of Oklahoma later this month. I'm honored that during the trip, I will get to present and to sign books at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City! I'll be talking food, the microbiome, and my new book, Cultured. The event is Thursday, March 21 at …

Where Microbiome Research Is Headed: My Latest for NPR

There has been a flourish of new studies linking the human microbiome to a host of diseases--Parkinson's, diabetes, and even depression. But that is not enough for biologist Rob Knight. Knight is one of the co-founders of the American Gut Project, a citizen-funded effort to better understand the microbiome's connection to health. He recently moved …

The Guts of a Microbiome: I Sequenced My Family’s Poo for Science–and for NPR

About a year and a half ago I learned that the epicenter of citizen microbiome science is just a half-hour away from my house. So, naturally, I wanted to give them my poo.* And my dog's, too. (The results of the quest are detailed in a four-part series on NPR's Shots blog) More specifically, I wanted to …