Right Now in Savor

Hail Seitan

This vegetarian protein is made from wheat (and it's pronounced say-TAHN, but we couldn't resist the joke). Anney and Lauren dig into the debated history and gooey, chewy science of seitan.

My Island for Some Nutmeg

Spices like nutmeg drove European exploration and globalization -- and meant genocide for the native producers. We explore this history (and the psychedelic science) of nutmeg.

Consider the Red Lobster

The Red Lobster restaurant chain made seafood accessibly aspirational to inland, middle class Americans. Anney and Lauren dive into the stories behind its successes and scandals -- and those cheddar biscuits. 

Farewell, Asheville

As we finish out our miniseries on Asheville, NC, we wanted to share a few more stories about the flavor of the city -- and what challenges it faces in the future. 

Bonus Interview: French Broad Chocolates

Chocolate's main ingredients, cacao & sugar, have a long history as crops that can be harmful to their farmers and environments. So what does it take to make chocolate responsibly? We talk with Asheville chocolate makers about their journey to bean-to-bar.

The Scorn of Candy Corn

Candy corn is the second most popular Halloween candy in the U.S. -- and probably the most divisive. Anney and Lauren dig into the history of how candy corn rose to fame (or infamy), plus explore the science of how it's made.

An Amaro Never Reveals Its Secrets

Amari, bitter liquors long loved in Europe, are catching on and even being made here in the States. Anney & Lauren delve into the weird history of amaro with help from an Asheville producer – and present the ghost story that inspired their name.

Bonus Episode: Street Food Moves Us

Chef Meherwan Irani brought Indian street food to the mountains of Appalachia and the heart of the South. In this interview, we talk with him about how these foods remix and resonate through the cultures they touch, and how food has shaped humanity.

Mayonnaise and Mayo-Nays

Mayonnaise may be the spread that binds sandwiches together, but it seriously divides opinion: Which brand is best? Does it deserve to be there at all? Anney & Lauren get into the thick of the history and science behind mayo.

The Health of the Food Industry

Food unites humanity, but the food industry can be a divisive place to work. We look at Asheville as a microcosm of the issues plaguing U.S. food and restaurant workers -- and of how we can come together to help solve those issues.

Bonus Episode: Taking Cues from a Pitmaster

Chef Elliott Moss brought whole-hog, wood-coal, Eastern Carolina barbecue to Asheville. In this interview, we cover the comfort of ‘cue (and other classic Carolina dishes), his inspirations, and how a BBQ restaurant wound up being his artistic outlet.

Mind Your Own Biscuits

Southern biscuits are the fluffy, flaky stuff of dreams, but they're a fairly new invention. Anney and Lauren explore how these biscuits came to be, how to make them at home, and why ‘biscuit’ in British English is a different baked good entirely.

Nostalgia, Comfort Food, and Carolina BBQ

Why do we form such strong emotional attachments to certain foods? Anney & Lauren explore the science and history of nostalgia and comfort food -- plus, we take a dip into the hotly debated, heavily nostalgic notion of what Carolina barbecue really is.

Bonus Episode: Foraging for Fun and (Personal) Profit

Mushroom expert Alan Muskat, a self-described mycomedian, is a professional forager (and likes puns at least as much as we do). In this bonus interview, he takes us out foraging in Western North Carolina to share his experience and philosophy.

Stay Golden, Chanterelles

These trumpet-shaped mushrooms, long prized for their delicate flavor and seafood-esque texture, resist being farmed. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and science of foraging for this fungus.

The Once-in-a-Lifetime Meal

A truly unique meal doesn't have to be fancy -- it might just be made from ingredients that you can only get in a particular time and place. Anney & Lauren talk to chefs and foragers about the artistic science of using terroir to make a meal.

Bonus Episode: The Story of Asheville's First (Legal) Brewery

Post-Prohibition, Asheville had zero legal breweries until Highland Brewing opened in 1994. We interviewed Leah Wong Ashburn, the second-generation family owner, about how the brewery has changed -- and how beer changed the city for the better.

The Hoppin' History of IPAs

India Pale Ales rule the American craft beer market and don't seem in danger of being usurped by another style anytime soon. But why? Anney and Lauren explore the colonial history and bitter science behind IPAs.

The Craft Behind Asheville's Beer Scene

Asheville's breweries are integral to its community -- and a microcosm of craft beer in America. Anney and Lauren dive into the history of how this came to be, plus the science of sour and funky beers, with help from the brewers themselves.

Bonus Episode: The History of Asheville

Historian and Ashville native Kevan Frazier has seen a lot of the city's changes -- and he’s studied the rest. Here's our more-or-less full intereview with Kevan, covering how Asheville went from railroad stop to health resort to Beer City, USA.