Podcasts

New Orleans: The Sandwiching

The po’boy and muffuletta are integral stops on any New Orleans food tour, and their histories help tell the story of the city. Anney and Lauren explore the origins of these iconic sandwiches.

You Want Fries With That?

Fried potatoes in their many forms are one of the world’s most popular side dishes. (Or main dishes, we’re not judging.) Anney and Lauren explore the uncertain history and intense science of French fries.

Cocktail Hour: New Orleans

This city invented (or, at least, popularized) a legion of cocktails. Anney and Lauren dip into the history that made New Orleans’ drinking culture possible, and explore the Sazerac, the Ramos gin fizz, and the French 75 in particular.

Kit Kats: Give Us a Break

This iconic, sharable British candy bar is consumed at a rate of billions per year in hundreds of flavors around the world. Anney and Lauren chat about Kit Kat’s history, psychology, and structural science.

Stewing Over Gumbo

This classic dish contains contributions from the many cultures that created New Orleans, and everyone’s recipe is a little bit different. Anney and Lauren explore the many forms and fans of gumbo (plus, how roux works).

Boudin: The Cajun Link

This type of fresh sausage made throughout Europe is also a regional specialty in Cajun country. Anney and Lauren explore the history, etymology, and making of Cajun boudin.

New Orleans: The South Is North From Here

You can trace the whole history of New Orleans through the creation of its signature drinks and dishes. Anney and Lauren (along with a host of expert guests) explore the city’s roots -- and how Cajun and Creole cuisines came to be.

The Inexhaustible Energy Drink Episode

Energy drinks toe the line between recreational beverage and nutritional supplement. Anney & Lauren explore their history, plus the science of why those jolts/surges of pep that can make you feel like a rock star can also come with monstrous side effects.

The Blow-Out Birthday Cake Episode

Why do we eat cake on people's birthdays? Why do we blow out candles? What on earth is "birthday cake" flavor?? Anney and Lauren explore the answers to these and other layers within birthday cakes.

Bonus Interview: ASW Distillery

In preparation for our scotch episode, we visited the local ASW Distillery in late 2018 to learn how they make their peated single-malt whiskey. This bonus episode is that interview -- a deep dive into the art and science of creating a scotch-style whiskey in the American South.