Right Now in Savor

Bitter preparations of plant extracts in alcohol have been used medicinally for thousands of years – and they happen to make many cocktails the concoctions we know and love today. Anney and Lauren explore the history and potential benefits of bitters.

Unshelling the Boiled Peanut

This salty snack is a specialty of the American South and other peanut-growing regions around the world. Anney and Lauren crack open the boiled peanut’s history, including how it got tied into the Civil Rights movement.

Introducing Food 360

Chef Marc Murphy’s debut podcast, Food 360, is a true celebration of the culinary world. With a little help from historians, fellow celebrity chefs, food writers, and more, the Chopped judge and restaurateur examines food culture from every possible angle, shedding new light on even the most familiar culinary topics. He’ll explore questions like: Why does food taste better on a white plate? How do menu layouts affect the way we order? And what does it really take to open up a restaurant? Listeners will walk away feeling smarter (and hopefully hungrier)!

This Episode is Your Lobster

These crustaceans haven’t always been a luxury food, but they have always reminded people of bugs. Anney and Lauren explore the lobster’s economic (and entomologic) history plus some of the weirdest points of their amazing biology.

Getting to the Heart of Moonshine

Many governments restrict alcohol distillation for safety/tax reasons, but Appalachian moonshiners are undeterred – and that’s putting it mildly. Anney and Lauren explore the history and science of moonshine, plus what bears that label in stores today.

In the Hall of the Mall Food Court

The idea of selling snacks and meals in shopping centers is far from new, but mall food courts keep reinventing themselves. Anney and Lauren explore how the food court as we know it was born -- and what's replacing it.

The Merits of the Carrot

The path of this vegetable from its use as a medicinal green to a sweet root isn’t entirely clear. Anney and Lauren dig into the twisting history of the carrot – including where radar technology and Bugs Bunny come in.

The Pizza Episode (with Extra Cheese)

This dish has inspired strong emotions and opposing opinions for hundreds of years. Anney and Lauren present a slice of pizza’s history, plus the science behind baking a good pie at home.

Rhubarb: The Humble Pie Plant

This tart, fruity vegetable often baked into pies today was once worth more than gold, opium, or saffron. Anney and Lauren get to the roots of rhubarb’s popularity.

Airline Food: More than Peanuts

Flight staff have been serving in-air meals and snacks almost since the beginning of commercial flight. Anney and Lauren explore the best and worst of what airlines have offered, plus the science behind why food & drink tastes different in the air.

Interview: Cheesemaking (and Eating) in Asheville

How does any given cheese get from an udder to your plate? The creators at Looking Glass Creamery give us a tour and talk about the science and culture of crafting wildly different cheeses from just three base ingredients: milk, salt, and bacteria.

Savor Classics: Tofu

Tofu's multi-millennia history may or may not include an attempt at making an immortality elixir. Anney and Lauren take on the history, science, health, and environmental impact of tofu (the cheese of the bean world).

Gazpacho: Straight Chilling

This soup is made and served so fresh that it's sometimes called a salad. Anney and Lauren dip into the many varieties (and histories) of gazpacho, plus the science of making a perfect bowl.

Savor Classics: Chuck E. Cheese's

A pizza-loving rat, a live band of animatronic animals, and beer on tap: In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore how a scheme to make more money off of arcade games became an international cultural phenomenon.

How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumbles

This perhaps quintessential American cookie has a deceptively straightforward ingredient list and backstory. Anney and Lauren explore the history and baking science of the chocolate chip cookie.

Interview: Forging Food and Water Solutions

Though New Orleans has an amazing food scene, it also struggles with access for all to healthy foods and clean water. We talk with attorney Pepper Bowen about food deserts and swamps, lead pipes, and how people are working to make things better.

A Tour of MREs

Technologies developed to make military food rations dependable and acceptable have changed how everyone eats – civilians included. We explore the history & science behind feeding literal armies – plus what’s on the menus of the past, present, and future.

Kiss from a Rosé

Pink wines have risen and crashed in popularity again and again over the past few millennia. Anney and Lauren dive into the tumultuous history and colorful science of rosés. Plus: Travel announcements!

The Not-So-Seedy Story of Watermelon

Although watermelons have been part of our diets basically forever, they’re getting better all the time thanks to clever farming techniques. Anney and Lauren explore how we got to the sweet, sturdy (and sometimes seedless or square) watermelons of today.

Gruyère, You Make Us Melt

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.