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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October 15, 2021 65 min

On film, many foods are made of non-food items and many non-food items are made of food. Movie magic! In this classic episode, we speak with special effects artist Vii Kelly about inexpensive edible gore, plus go into the history of food effects in movies and television.

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This long-beloved cheese starts sweet and simple, but can be aged and smoked into a number of specific styles. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of Gouda.

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October 8, 2021 46 min

We return once again to stories from you, dear listeners! From pierogis and prosciutto to blueberries and burgers (both Bob’s and beyond), Anney and Lauren dive into the inbox -- and it will not be the last.

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October 6, 2021 50 min

This herb has been used in foods, drinks, medicines, and religious practices since time immemorial. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of rosemary.

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October 1, 2021 53 min

These chocolate candies in a sugar shell have inspired colorful debate and serious science. Anney and Lauren get the history and culture of M&M’s in the bag.

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September 29, 2021 49 min

This waterfowl is raised for its eggs, and the whole animal is used in different ways in cuisines around the world. Anney and Lauren flock to the science and history behind ducks.

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September 24, 2021 43 min

This soup comes in many styles and variations, incorporating broth with beets and beyond to create a satisfying (and often slightly sour) dish. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and cultures behind borscht.

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September 22, 2021 51 min

These utensils come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and materials specialized to the type of eating, cooking, and serving they’re intended for. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and cultures behind chopsticks.

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September 17, 2021 49 min

This animated sitcom relays the (mis)adventures of the Belchers as they live and work around the titular family restaurant. Anney and Lauren explore the history, culture, and many puns of ‘Bob’s Burgers’.

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September 15, 2021 43 min

Winemakers use this grape to produce soft, fruity red wines and balanced blends. Anney and Lauren dip into the science and only slightly sideways history of merlot.

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September 10, 2021 36 min

This quintessential English cheese has a history cut with myth, fraud, and war. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of cheddar cheese.

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September 8, 2021 47 min

This Andean seed has seen a global boom in use as a grain substitute over the past couple of decades. Anney and Lauren sort through the science and history of quinoa.

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September 3, 2021 44 min

This tree (or bush, if you like) provides fruit for summery jams and pies – and food for the silkworm, thus placing it at the center of a lucrative global industry. Anney and Lauren smooth out the science and history of the mulberry.

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September 1, 2021 46 min

This brand uses cryogenic technology to create treats containing tiny, tingling-cold pellets of ice cream. Anney and Lauren connect the science and history of Dippin’ Dots.”

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August 27, 2021 65 min

These disclosures of packaged foods’ nutritional content exist at the strange intersection of science, corporate interests, public health, and lawmaking. Anney and Lauren do a number on the convoluted history of nutrition labels in the United States.

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August 25, 2021 33 min

This sweet, herbaceous spice features in everything from cookies and breads to sausages and liquors. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of anise.

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August 20, 2021 60 min

This deep-fried fairground food has an impressive number of contending origin stories. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and culture behind corndogs.

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August 18, 2021 38 min

This egg white substitute whips up like the real thing, and we’ve been pouring it down our drains for years -- it’s just the cooking liquid from legumes like chickpeas. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of aquafaba.

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Lembas is the one bread to rule them all in J.R.R. Tolkien's world of 'The Lord of the Rings.' In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren delve into the real-world inspirations and Elvish science behind lembas and other food and drink from Middle Earth.

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August 11, 2021 42 min

This summery cocktail of wine and fruit (or fruit flavorings) is adapted ad infinitum, from light handmade draughts to sweet bottled drinks. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and culture of sangria.

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