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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January 14, 2022 58 min

This brand of kitchenware began with a burping bowl – and a party planner – but became a cultural phenomenon. Anney and Lauren break the seal on the science and history of Tupperware.

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This fresh, soft, cheese-adjacent product is made with milk’s whey instead of curds. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and science of ricotta.

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January 8, 2022 41 min

This seafood salad has complex layers of culture and chemistry behind its simple preparation. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and science of ceviche.

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January 5, 2022 36 min

The miracle berry is a fruit that can make sour foods taste incredibly sweet. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore the science behind flavor tripping, plus the strange, conspiracy-ridden history of the miracle berry's legality in the United States.

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December 31, 2021 41 min

This fragrant fruit is color changing, makes excellent jam, and may have been the ‘golden apple’ of myth. Anney and Lauren gel up the history and science of quince.

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December 30, 2021 35 min

This adaptable cocktail won't cure a cold, but it'll certainly make you feel warm and cozy. Anney and Lauren dip into the heated science and history behind the hot toddy.

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December 24, 2021 45 min

These simple ground-almond candies are molded into fantastic shapes for the winter holidays and beyond. Anney and Lauren explore the history and culture of marzipan.

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This canned, concentrated milk product features in lots of sweet holiday recipes today, but it was invented for survival and safety. Anney and Lauren spread it on thick with the history and science of sweetened condensed milk (plus its unsweet cousin, evaporated milk).

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December 17, 2021 54 min

The listeners speak! From delicious crêpes and breakfast poutine to divisive durian and baby corn, Anney and Lauren share your stories, recipes, memories, and reckonings.

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December 15, 2021 47 min

This warm and strongly aromatic spice, made from the flower buds of a tropical tree, has long been a prized part of food and medicine everywhere that people could get it. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and science of cloves.

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December 10, 2021 50 min

Added flavors feature in as much as 90% of our groceries, so the science of creating them is a serious business. We unpack the difference between natural and artificial flavors and explore how some of the most famous (blue raspberry! MSG!) came to be.

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December 8, 2021 46 min

This brand of recipes and food products that help out home cooks is based around a woman who never existed. Anney and Lauren explore the fictional history and very real science behind Betty Crocker.

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December 3, 2021 48 min

These flat, delicate pancakes can be sweet or savory, simple or a spectacle. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of crêpes.

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December 1, 2021 47 min

These diminutive ears of corn, eaten whole as a vegetable, actually are young corn cobs. Anney and Lauren hope you’ll be all ears for the history and science of baby corn.

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November 26, 2021 60 min

This fantastical cartoon series frequently features characters (many of whom are anthropomorphic foods) eating -- or avoiding being eaten. Anney and Lauren explore the distant lands, foods, and drinks of Adventure Time.

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November 25, 2021 39 min

This North American grain is technically neither rice nor truly wild, but has been cared for and harvested by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and science behind wild rice.

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November 19, 2021 44 min

This fruit-forward wine is released just two months after the grapes’ harvest (thanks to some specific fermentation and dissemination practices). Anney and Lauren get fresh with the history and science of Beaujolais Nouveau.

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November 17, 2021 56 min

The turkey is a study in contradictions: majestic yet ridiculous, ridiculous yet aggressive, prized for feasts yet often poorly cooked, and definitely NOT from Turkey. In this classic episode, we cover everything turkey, from cooking tips to snood science.

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November 12, 2021 55 min

These mollusks are prized for their delicate meat and divine shells alike. Anney and Lauren dip into the history, aquaculture, and biology of scallops.

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November 10, 2021 40 min

This warm, earthy spice has made its place in comforting cuisine around the world. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of cumin.

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