Savor

Savor

Savor digs into how people live and how they eat – and why. Hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum interview the culinary creators and consumers of the world, exploring the science, history, and culture of food and drink, all with a key question in mind: Why do we like what we like, and how can we find more of those things?... Show More

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May 28, 2020 31 min

This creamy, warming dish is the subject of tremendous popularity -- and tremendous debate. Anney and Lauren dig into the many recipes and histories behind tikka masala.

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May 22, 2020 40 min

This plant is used to make highly popular (and highly caffeinated) drinks around South America and the world. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and science of yerba mate.

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May 20, 2020 51 min

In your own kitchen, you can tame wild microbes and use them to bake tasty, slightly tart sourdough bread. In this classic (yet timely) episode, Anney and Lauren explore the twisting history and practical science of making sourdough.

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May 15, 2020 60 min

From donuts to Duff beer, this long-running television show spends a lot of time focusing on food. Anney and Lauren explore the silly, the satirical, and the strangely delicious-sounding foods of ‘The Simpsons’.

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May 13, 2020 38 min

This saucy rice dish seems deceptively simple for the potency of the opinions it can inspire. Anney and Lauren dig into the history (fascism??) and science (no stirring necessary?!?) of risotto.

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May 8, 2020 38 min

These spicy, crunchy root vegetables can grow to amazing sizes and give a kick to all kinds of dishes. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and science behind radishes.

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May 6, 2020 48 min

These crunchy, oily seeds compliment many baked goods and other dishes – but they have a dangerous reputation. Anney and Lauren explore the history and science of poppy seeds and opium poppies.

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May 1, 2020 46 min

These (supposedly) single-serving quickbreads – and their yeast-risen cousins, English muffins – are relatively new inventions. Anney and Lauren explore the nooks and crannies of muffins.

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Hawaiian foodways have intersected with immigrants’ and colonists’ influences to create delicious local dishes. On Oahu, we spoke with Highway Inn restaurant owner Monica Toguchi Ryan about history, generosity, making do, and cooking with aloha.

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April 24, 2020 35 min

This classic cocktail of spiked sparkling lemonade may have been born from a popular 19th-century hoax. Anney and Lauren explore the strange history of the Collins – including Tom, John, and other varieties.

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April 23, 2020 43 min

Although she didn't even start cooking until her late 30s, Julia Child is known for bringing the art of French cuisine into American home kitchens. Anney and Lauren trace the life of the TV icon in this classic episode.

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April 17, 2020 47 min

The cookies that Girl Scouts sell as a fundraiser each year have gained a mythic quality and epic following. Anney and Lauren dig into the sweet history (and psychology) behind Girl Scout Cookies.

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April 15, 2020 36 min

This simple dish of fermented cabbage adds depth of flavor to meals as an ingredient, side dish, or condiment. Anney and Lauren explore the bacterial science and bubbling history behind sauerkraut.

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April 10, 2020 56 min

Decorating eggshells predates written history and has been linked to Easter celebrations for a thousand years. Anney and Lauren explore how Easter eggs became a tradition, how they became chocolate, and why a rabbit is said to bring them.

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April 8, 2020 46 min

This vegetable has long been prized for its flavor, appearance, and effect on our urine. Yep. Anney and Lauren explore the spirited history and science of asparagus.

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Organizations that help fight food insecurity are more important than ever in times of crisis. Anney and Lauren explore the history and modern workings of food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens.

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This Vietnamese sandwich combines multiple textures, flavors, and cultural influences to create a universally delicious experience. We dig into the history and culture of banh mi.”

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March 27, 2020 56 min

This hypothetically drinkable dessert has been the impetus for great inventions and the means of (attempted) assassination. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and science of milkshakes.

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March 25, 2020 42 min

This fruit is used as a vegetable and was once believed to cause insanity. Anney and Lauren dig into the odd history and science of the eggplant.

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March 20, 2020 42 min

The concept of savory, broth-based gelatin molds may sound strange to the modern palate, but they were posh for centuries. Anney and Lauren dip into the history of humanity's most aspirational aspics, plus the science of gelatin.

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