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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September 25, 2020 46 min

’The Sporkful’ is toasting to its 10-year anniversary this week, so we sat down with host Dan Pashman to chat about how the show has changed over the past decade – and how the food world has changed along with it.

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September 23, 2020 39 min

This traditional lager was the most popular beer at Munich’s Oktoberfest for a century. Anney and Lauren dip into the bottom-fermenting science and barmy history of märzen and other Oktoberfest beers.

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September 18, 2020 36 min

The ‘crab’ in your California roll and seafood salad is almost certainly an imitation made up of other seafood that’s been shaped and flavored to resemble crab legs. Anney and Lauren crack open the science of surimi and the history of krab sticks.

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September 17, 2020 45 min

This buttery-sweet tree nut makes a tasty snack, milk, or ingredient – but its fruit is poisonous. But but: Its apple is not! Anney and Lauren break down the science and history of the cashew tree, nut, and apple.

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September 12, 2020 40 min

This spicy-savory-salty-funky-sweet sauce is the product of thousands of years of fermentation tradition. Anney and Lauren dip into the science and history of gochujang.

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September 9, 2020 48 min

These pretty, meringue-based cookies are a delightful treat – but can be a disaster to attempt making. Anney and Lauren explore the convoluted history and complex structural science of macarons.

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September 4, 2020 59 min

This often inexpensive, sometimes maligned method of packaging wine has a history steeped in intrigue. Anney and Lauren dip into the environmental science and crime-ridden history of boxed wine.

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September 2, 2020 33 min

This lightly anise-flavored vegetable is used for its bulb, stalks, fronds, and seeds alike. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of fennel.

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August 31, 2020 63 min

These often sugary, heavily advertised products all root from an ascetic health food movement in the 1800s. Anney and Lauren explore the strange history and gun-puffed science of breakfast cereals.

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August 26, 2020 55 min

Oysters were one of humanity's first foods, and they've remained ragingly popular ever since. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren dive into the biology and bloody history (piracy! murder!) behind oysters.

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August 24, 2020 53 min

This branch of food science studies the physics, chemistry, and creative art of making food. Anney and Lauren explore the difficult definitions and delightful nerdery behind molecular gastronomy.

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August 22, 2020 3 min

Through cooking and conversation, chef Esther Choi dives deep into the rich world of Korean-American culture. Esther invites guests to open up as she cooks their favorite Korean dishes, drawing on traditional family recipes she’s refined at her restaurants Mŏkbar and Ms. Yoo. Esther and her guest dive into topics ranging from food to family, from K-pop to K-dramas, and from fashion to sexuality, plastic surgery, adoption and more –...

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August 20, 2020 48 min

These vehicles don’t just bring frozen desserts to their customers – they can bring neighborhoods together. Anney and Lauren explore the history and music of ice cream trucks.

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August 15, 2020 32 min

These small, preserved flavor bombs are made from flower buds. Anney and Lauren investigate the salty science and history of capers and caperberries.

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When you need just a sprinkle of seasoning, salt and pepper shakers are a practical solution – but the designs people create for these everyday objects can be spectacular. Anney and Lauren explore the opulent history and kitschy culture of condiment casters.

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August 11, 2020 54 min

Anney and Lauren once again dig into the virtual listener mail bag and discuss the good, the bad, and the vodka.

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August 5, 2020 49 min

Marshmallows in one form or another (hearts, stars, and horseshoes included) have been enjoyed for thousands of years and involve some serious science. This is no fluff piece, is what we're saying.

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August 4, 2020 43 min

For a simple mix of rum, mint, lime, and sugar, this cocktail has inspired a complex blend of love and hate. Anney and Lauren dip into the uncertain history and contentious culture of the mojito.

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This brand of bright-colored drink mixes dates to the 1920s and owes its place it pop culture to an anthropomorphic pitcher. Anney and Lauren explore the history of Kool-Aid and its enthusiastic mascot.

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July 24, 2020 38 min

This tropical fruit is famously delectable and infamously finicky to grow. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and horticulture of the mangosteen.

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