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?

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July 17, 2024 51 mins

This well-loved reference book serves not just as an encyclopedia of gastronomy, but a window into the (mostly French) culinary world from when it was published. Anney and Lauren flip through the history behind the ‘Larousse Gastronomique’.

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This bottle cap’s simple, effective design – and its inventor’s business savvy – shaped the beverage industry as we know it. Anney and Lauren pry open the history and science of the crown cap (or crown cork).

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This starchy side dish can inspire some strong opinions -- and side-eye. Anney and Lauren peel back the history behind the many, many iterations of potato salad.

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July 4, 2024 32 mins

This preparation of soybeans employs a fermentation process to bring a funky flavor and stringy texture to the mix. Anney and Lauren spill the beans on the science and history of natto.

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June 29, 2024 35 mins

We return once again with missives from you, dear listeners! Included in this motley crew are some strong opinions about regular cannoli and regular opinions about strong vindaloo (which we hope we haven't re-butchered the pronunciation of). As always, our greatest strength will be each other!

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June 27, 2024 30 mins

Dentists originally created this fairground favorite, and the physics behind it is fascinating. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren put their spin on the history and science of cotton candy.

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June 26, 2024 42 mins

This near-omnipresent citrus has been a rare treat, a reason to develop irrigation technology, a cure for scurvy, and a protection against the black plague. Anney and Lauren unpeel the botany and history behind the lemon.

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June 21, 2024 44 mins

This brand of savory sauces has as many origin stories as it has uses. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and phenomenon of HP Sauce.

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This botanical liquor can be made with many things, but often brings flavors like caraway or dill seed to the party. Anney and Lauren dip into the science and history of aquavit.

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June 7, 2024 33 mins

These small cephalopods are a huge part of California’s fishing industry. Anney and Lauren dip into the biology and history of California market squid.

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These ricotta-filled, deep-fried pastries are the stuffed stuff of slightly bawdy legends. Anney and Lauren shell out the science and history of cannoli.

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May 31, 2024 25 mins

This spice is made from tiny fruit that pack a huge wallop of flavor. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of allspice. (Correction: The thing in Transformers is the AllSpark. The “AllLife” is a thing that Anney wrote into her D&D campaign. Neither go in a pumpkin pie.)

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May 24, 2024 53 mins

This fast-food pizza franchise has served up literacy programs, space sponsorships, government-promoted cheese – and a lot of pizzas. Anney and Lauren delve into the deep-dish history of Pizza Hut.

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May 23, 2024 36 mins

James Beard is called the dean of American cooking for good reason -- he was a prolific pioneer of local, sustainable food that's celebratory, indulgent, and approachably DIY. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore the life of this sometimes troubled chef, writer, and bon vivant.

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May 17, 2024 33 mins

This bright-hot stew can come out a number of ways thanks to the many culinary influences that have gone into it. Anney and Lauren marinate on the history and cultures behind vindaloo.

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May 16, 2024 31 mins

This crumbly mountain cheese may not melt, but it’s the perfect finishing touch on all kinds of snacks, sides, and meals. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of cotija cheese. (p.s. Since I forgot to say it in the episode, here you go: BACTERIA POOOOOOOOP --LV)

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These pieces of movie merchandise are far more than a way to hold popcorn. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and popularity of popcorn buckets.

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May 6, 2024 44 mins

Wines in this wide, complicated category are flavored with herbs and spices, stabilized with liquor, and sweetened (a lot or a little). Anney and Lauren dip into the history and cultures behind vermouth.

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April 26, 2024 38 mins

These wild members of the onion family have catapulted from local favorite to foodie phenomenon. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of ramps.

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April 24, 2024 40 mins

These cookies can be light or dense, made with shredded coconut or ground almonds, fancy or plain -- and their history is closely tied to pasta. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and many iterations of macaroons.

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