Right Now in Savor

Gruyère’s excellent meltability is undisputed, but ownership of its name has been a matter of controversy. Anney and Lauren explore the contention behind gruyère, plus the science of how cheeses melt.

Let’s Talk About Tacos

People have been wrapping food in tortillas for millennia – since way before the wrappers were called ‘tortillas’ or the food ‘tacos’. Anney and Lauren explore the ancient and modern history of this Mexican mainstay.

The Glorious Sweet Potato Episode

The sweet potato is a member of the morning glory family – the tuberous root we eat also stores food for its curling vines and flowers. Anney and Lauren dig up its history and the science of how to unlock its sweetness.

The Sweet History of Nutella

This chocolate-hazelnut spread has inspired a serious fandom around the world. Anney and Lauren dip into how wars spurred its creation and how popular it’s become.

Complimentary Bar Snacks: This One’s On Us

From pretzels to peanuts to pickled eggs, bars the world over serve complimentary snacks to their patrons. Anney & Lauren explore the history of the hardboiled bar egg in particular, plus the science of why these salty, fatty snacks go so well with booze.

Game of Thrones: A Song of Food and Drink

The creators of the world of ‘Game of Thrones’ help make their fantasy immersive through rich depictions of foods and drinks. Anney and Lauren explore the often-opulent cuisine of the TV series and books (with no spoilers from the recent seasons).

Shawarma and Gyros: Assemble!

These two flatbread wraps – and their cousin, donair – feature slices of meat shaved from a vertical spit. Anney and Lauren explore the history of these superhero-worthy wraps and their common root, the döner kebab.

Food-Shaped Vehicles: Fuel for Puns

For about as long as humans have been making motor vehicles, we’ve been shaping them like foods for promotional purposes. We chat with CarStuff’s Scott Benjamin about the history of these vehicles – and interview two drivers of the iconic Wienermobile.

Jackfruit of All Trades

This tropical fruit can grow up to 100 pounds (about 45 kilos) and is often served as a meat substitute. Anney and Lauren explore the jackfruit’s history, science, and potential future as a crop to prevent hunger despite climate change.

The Croissant: Who You Calling Flakey?

This quintessentially French pastry doesn’t technically come from France and can consist of more butter than dough. Anney and Lauren unroll the history and science behind croissants.

The Sublime Lime Episode

These zesty citrus fruits are integral to cuisines all over the world – juice, skin, and leaves included. Anney and Lauren explore the genetic roots and long history of limes.

Pavlova Whisks Us Off Our Feet

This fluffy meringue dessert often comes with whipped cream, cut fruit, and contention. Anney and Lauren explore where pavlova really comes from and why meringue is so persnickety, scientifically speaking.

Cocktail Hour: The Grasshopper

This creamy mint-chocolate cocktail is a classic dessert drink that’s making a comeback – and, in some places, never went away. Anney and Lauren offer a fresh look at the history and culture of the grasshopper.

The Cool Mint Episode

This wide category of herbs shares a cooling effect that’s made it prized in cuisine and medicine alike around the world. Anney and Lauren explore the refreshing history and freshest science behind mint.

The Hardboiled Deviled Eggs Episode

People have been stuffing hardboiled eggs with mixtures of their own yolks plus various flavorings for millennia. Anney and Lauren explore the long history and exacting science behind deviled eggs.

A Peppering of Paprika

This spice, made from ground red peppers and ranging in flavor from sweet to pungent to spicy, is the stuff of culinary, legal, and puppet legend. Yes. Anney and Lauren explore the rich, colorful history of paprika.

The Knotty Pretzel Episode

Pretzels have morphed from a religious symbol to a bar snack to a metaphor for principles of quantum physics. Anney and Lauren explore the twists of pretzel history, culture, and science.

The Bloomin’ Story of the Onion

This vegetable hibernates for the winter and has tear-inducing defense mechanisms. Anney and Lauren peel back layers of the long history and smelly science of onions.

Food TV: For Your Consumption

Food and cooking television shows have changed the way we approach food – both at home and in the restaurant industry. Anney and Lauren surf the history of food TV, from its radio roots through YouTube.

Farewell, New Orleans

To finish out our miniseries on New Orleans, we share a few more stories from our guests about what it’s really like to live there – of course the food scene, but also the music, the tourists, the unexpected inspirations – and the ghosts.