Right Now in Savor

Welcome to Savor (and Asheville)

Beer and food pulled this Southern/Appalachian city out of 70 years of economic depression. Anney and Lauren, along with a bevy of guides, explore the edible history and science of keeping Asheville weird.

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?

Cocktail Hour: The Manhattan

This seemingly simple mix of whiskey, vermouth, and bitters with a cherry garnish has been interpreted infinite ways over its 140-year lifetime. Anney and Lauren take on the history & science of the Manhattan. Plus: a PSA (podcast service announcement).

FoodStuff Goes for (Edible) Gold

Even though gold has no flavor and no nutritional benefits, people have been eating gold pretty much forever. Anney and Lauren mine the AUdacious ancient and modern practice of consuming gold.

Trailer: Savor Is Coming

FoodStuff has big news: We're relaunching as Savor! Hosts Anney and Lauren are going on the road with Producer Dylan to interview culinary creators and consumers about how they eat – and why – starting 9/26. (Our RSS feed isn't changing, just our name!)

The Split on Sundaes

Even though it's a cold case, the origin story of the ice cream sundae is hotly debated. Anney and Lauren have the scoop on the competing tales behind ice cream sundaes.

Pickles: Kind of a Big Dill

Pickled cucumbers were Cleopatra's favorite beauty food and the main business of the guy who named the Americas. Anney and Lauren explore the long history and bacteria-laden science of pickles.

A Plum Episode

Plums have played a major role in cultures' arts and diets for millennia, all around the world. Anney and Lauren plumb the science and history of this seriously multipurpose fruit.

The Gamble of All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

Putting lots of food on a long table isn't new, but the all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant is a very 20th-century, very American concept. Anney and Lauren explore the history and science of going your own way with the buffet.

On FoodStuff, Celery Stalks You

Celery stalks, leaves, roots, and seeds are part of countless cuisines today, but the ribs were once considered such a fancy treat that folks displayed them in vases. Anney & Lauren dig into the history and science of celery.

Cheese Curls: What the Puff?!

Cheetos and other cheesy puffed-corn snacks are miracles of modern science and marketing. Anney and Lauren dig into the fortuitously fab history (and making of) cheese puffs.

Pepperoni: Live Free and Pie Hard

Pepperoni is a sausage that's difficult to divorce from its primary partner, American pizza. Anney & Lauren explore the history of this Italian-American invention, plus explain how the sausage is made.

Maraschinos: The Cherry on Top

The neon-red cherries of our childhood bear little resemblance to the original maraschino cherries. Anney and Lauren take a pitiless look at the science and history, including how the classic type is making a comeback.

Fictional Foods: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Should you find yourself in an unfamiliar star system without your copy of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', this episode will help fill you in on the local fare, from perfectly normal beast sandwiches to pan galactic gargle blasters. 

Tea: A Real Brouhaha

After water, tea is the second most popular drink in the world -- and every cup is steeped in history. Anney and Lauren explore the health, production, and origins of tea.

FoodStuff Side Dish: Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo may seem like an Americanized dish, but it was created by a real Italian chef -- it even bears his name. Christopher Hassiotis joins us for this bonus episode about the origins of Alfredo.

The Pea Pod(cast)

The seemingly humble garden pea has soil superpowers, caused a medieval craze, and drove Orson Welles to distraction. Come along with Anney and Lauren as they give world peas a chance.

Oh Ship: The Cruise Food Episode

Cruise ships are something between floating hotels and luxury battleships, but the food served on them doesn't have the best reputation. Anney and Lauren go overboard exploring how cruise food works and how cruise lines are working to change that rep.

Oh Snap: The Gingerbread Episode

Why do we shape gingerbread cookies into people and houses? Why is it generally considered a winter treat? Anney and Lauren tackle gingerbread (in all its formats) head first.

The Almighty Cod

For a simple fish, the cod played a huge role in Europe's colonization of North America. Anney & Lauren dive into the story of the fish that changed the course of history in this episode of FoodStuff.