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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October 26, 2020 33 min

This new cookbook invites readers into the kitchens of East African grandmothers, who share their stories through recipes. We chat with the author, Hawa Hassan, about how her own story led to the book’s creation, and the community that made it possible.

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October 22, 2020 45 min

This fresh, spreadable cheese has roots that go back hundreds of years, but it found its niche in American cuisine in the past century with bagels, dips, and casseroles. Anney and Lauren dip into the science and history of cream cheese.

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October 19, 2020 47 min

This brand of candies and snacks has the peanut-butter-and-chocolate market cornered. Anney and Lauren dig into the sweet and salty story of Reese’s.

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October 15, 2020 54 min

This creepy television show features downright delicious-looking dishes – which have to appear to be maybe-human flesh but be made of actor-friendly ingredients. Anney and Lauren discuss the implications and reality of the food featured in ‘Hannibal’.

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October 12, 2020 60 min

This popular tree fruit has been the subject of myths and legends throughout the ages – possibly due to linguistic confusion. Anney and Lauren explore the juicy history and snaking science of the apple.

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October 7, 2020 53 min

No- or low-alcohol cocktails are getting some serious attention these days. In this classic episode, we explore the science, history, and culture of ‘mocktails’ with special guest Julia Bainbridge, whose new book 'Good Drinks' explores the subject.

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This classic Cuban/Floridian sandwich includes various pork products, cheese, mustard, and pickles – but its exact makeup is as contested as its exact birthplace. Anney and Lauren get to the meat of the story behind the Cubano.

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October 2, 2020 43 min

This brand of easily prepared rice pilaf and noodle dishes was born from a marriage of cultures during America’s era of convenience food. Anney and Lauren dig into the story behind Rice-A-Roni.

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’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 10, 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 3, 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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