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 30, 2021 39 min

These tasty stuffed pastries come in near-infinite iterations around the world. Anney and Lauren get wrapped up in the history and culture of empanadas.

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This herb (or herb group) and the eponymous spice blends made from it are ubiquitous in cuisines around the Eastern Mediterranean. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and culture of za’atar.

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July 23, 2021 55 min

Call it soda, pop, coke, or plain ol' carbonated water: In this classic episode, we dive into the sometimes explosive science and history of all agua that sparkles, from mineral springs to soda fountains to Big Gulps.

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July 21, 2021 47 min

These berries are beloved as a pie filling and a health food alike. Anney and Lauren dig into the science, history, and health marketing of blueberries.

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July 16, 2021 38 min

These fluted tube pans can be used to create dense, beautiful cakes with a minimum of fuss. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of Nordic Ware's Bundt pans.

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July 14, 2021 36 min

This fish/seafood soup/stew, made famous by Marseille, sees a lot of iterations throughout the city and beyond. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and culture behind bouillabaisse (and rouille).

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July 9, 2021 51 min

This simple cocktail – composed of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari (or another bright amaro) – has a complicated backstory. Anney and Lauren dip into the culture and history of the negroni.

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July 8, 2021 36 min

This herb, which tastes fresh and lemony to some but bitter and soapy to others, has been gracing tables for thousands of years along with its spice counterpart, coriander. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of cilantro.

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July 2, 2021 49 min

This hearty dish of beans in tangy sauce conjures nostalgia whether served as a cookout side or a breakfast staple, from a can or made fresh. Anney and Lauren spill the science and history behind baked beans (and their, er, musical properties).

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June 30, 2021 42 min

This silky frozen treat that started out as a status symbol has become a ubiquitous Italian street food. Anney and Lauren dip into the science and history of gelato.

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June 25, 2021 43 min

Not exactly sweet and definitely not a bread, sweetbreads are a type of offal with a pedigree among gastronomes. In this classic episode, we explore how people treated this odd, tasty gland in the past, and how it made a comeback.

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June 23, 2021 37 min

This plant and its nutritious, gel-producing seeds have been used as a staple crop, in nanotech, and as an indoor pet. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of chia.

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This chocolatey, chewy candy is at the center of more than just lollipops – there’s a lot of mystery surrounding it, too. Anney and Lauren bite into the history of the Tootsie Roll.

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June 16, 2021 48 min

This cheese spread/dip is so popular in the American South that its recipe – and Northern origins – garner controversy. Anney and Lauren explore the history and culture of pimento cheese.

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June 11, 2021 37 min

These ancient botanical blends gave beers a depth of flavor and antimicrobial punch (plus other properties, maybe) before hops came to dominate the scene. Anney and Lauren get mixed up in the history and pronunciation of gruit.

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June 9, 2021 49 min

This post-apocalyptic game franchise features an array of food and drink items for players to interact with – at their own risk. Anney and Lauren explore the questionable cuisine of ‘Fallout’.

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June 4, 2021 36 min

These sweet grapes, native to the American South, are known for their large size, thick skins, and aromatic wines. Anney and Lauren explore the botany and history of muscadines and scuppernongs.

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June 2, 2021 45 min

This savory spread with a divisively strong flavor earned its place in Australian culture through decades of clever marketing. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore the history and yeast-extract science of Vegemite -- plus talk Tim Tams.

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May 28, 2021 49 min

These warming, communal, simple-yet-sophisticated dishes gained popularity thanks to a Swiss dairy cartel. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and science of fondue.

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May 26, 2021 38 min

This small seed (and its large oil content) grace sweet and savory dishes around the world. Anney and Lauren dig into the botany and history behind sesame seeds.

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