Right Now in Savor

Cephalopods: They Ink, Therefore We Eat

The rich inks that squid and cuttlefish produce for self-defense make striking food colorings and flavorings. Anney and Lauren dive into the deep, slightly obscured history and science of cephalopod ink.

Reducing Food Waste at Home

Food waste is a global problem, but most of it happens locally — in our homes. Anney and Lauren chat with food historian Dr. Julia Skinner about fun and tasty ways to prevent waste and preserve abundance.

Arugula: It's Not Rocket Science

This leafy green has a peppery bite – that ‘hot’ nature is likely responsible for its long history of being regarded as an aphrodisiac. Anney and Lauren explore the history and science of arugula (also known as rocket).

Fictional Foods: Star Wars Edition

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (or now, in a kitchen or theme park near you) the foods and drinks portrayed in Star Wars help bring the story to life. Anney and Lauren explore the sustenance of Star Wars. May the foods be with you!

Savor’s Takeaway on Fish and Chips

Although it’s now considered one of the national dishes of the U.K., fish and chips as we know it is less than two centuries old. Anney and Lauren dive into how fried fish and fried potatoes became such good companions.

The Bleeding Edge of Meat Alternatives

A new class of burgers is aiming to save the planet by converting beef eaters to plant-based alternatives that look, feel, and even bleed like meat. Anney and Lauren explore the history and science behind Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, and other brands.

Stop and Smell the Lavender

This powerfully aromatic herb has been a medicinal staple for millennia and graces sweet and savory dishes alike today. Anney and Lauren delve into the long history and calming science of lavender.

Interview: Cookin' With Jazz

Regional cuisine is trendy, but it’s been the focus of New Orleans' restaurants for decades. We talk with restauranteur Richard 'Dickie' Brennan about growing up in Prudhomme and Emeril’s kitchens, how education empowers, and how New Orleanians live life.

Savor Classics: Sour Beer

Sour beers are the new big thing, but humanity‘s first brews had tart, funky flavors. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore the long history and microbial science behind sour beers.

Say Kimchi!

This versatile category of Korean pickled vegetables is gaining a global presence. Anney and Lauren dive into the long history and delicious fermentation science behind kimchi.

This Episode Is a Picnic

Picnics haven’t always been casual affairs – they haven’t even always been held outdoors. Anney and Lauren explore the twisting history of picnicking and picnic baskets (aka hampers).

Interview: Where Barbecue Meets Rocket Science

Some serious engineering is required to bring us to space -- and to bring us really good barbecue. We chat with Dr. Howard Conyers about how he applies his knowledge of each to the other as a rocket scientist and barbecue pitmaster.

Savor Classics: Butterbeer

Once a mere fantasy from the pages of 'Harry Potter,' butterbeer is now very real and very popular. Anney and Lauren delve into butterbeer's transition into reality -- and explore the history of a similar real-world beverage.

The Saga of Salad

How did salads with a base of raw leafy greens go from being a mere course to a full meal to an aspirational lifestyle? Anney and Lauren explore the nutritional science and long sexist history of salad.

Savor Chews on the History of Salt Water Taffy

This soft, chewy candy has only a little bit of salt but a lot of history in the American Northeast. Anney and Lauren dive into how it’s made and how it became such a pull at summer tourist spots.

The Stimulating Cocktail Bitters Episode

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.