Right Now in Savor

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.

Hummus: Where the Heart Is

Several cultures claim hummus as their own invention, but all agree that the dish (although seen as a hippie/health food in the West) soothes the soul. Anney and Lauren explore the contentious history of hummus.

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.