FoodStuff

The stuff we eat and drink is part daily necessity and part cultural identity. Every mouthful represents millennia of human collaboration and innovation. On FoodStuff, Anney and Lauren bite into the juicy stories – and science – behind everything that nourishes us.


FoodStuff: FoodStuff Gets Some Culture(d) Butter

Anney and Lauren visit Banner Butter to learn how cultured butter gets made.

You Butter Believe It’s a Two-Parter: Part 1

Since before written history, humans have been mad about butter. (Er, sometimes literally angry.) We explore the slippery physics and surprising strife behind butter.

FoodStuff: Marshmallows: Make, Eat, Repeat

Anney and Lauren visit MalviMallows to learn how marshmallows are made, sample serveral flavors and roast some marshmallows over a tabletop barbecue.

You Say Tomato, I Say Wolfpeach

Once considered deadly, the tomato has a fascinating history as a tax evader, protest device, and potential hallucinogen! GASP. There's also a lot of great science and nicknames involved in the tomato's story.

Fictional Foods: Butterbeer, from Book to Mug

Once a mere fantasy from the pages of "Harry Potter," butterbeer is now very real, very popular, and very delicious. In this new segment, we discuss the real-world history of a fictional food and its transition into reality.

Tofu: The Cheese of the Bean World

Tofu's multi-millennia history may or may not include an attempt at making an immortality elixir. Anney and Lauren take on the history, science, health, and environmental impact of tofu.

A Graham Cracker A Day to Keep Sin Away

Graham crackers, one-third of delightful campfire s'mores, originated as a bland health food peddled by a temperance preacher. We explore how they became the treats they are today.

How Did French Cuisine Become King?

French cuisine has a reputation as the best the culinary world has to offer, but why is that? Anney and Lauren trace the history of haute cuisine (and get to talk about celebrity chefs, lawyers, and tires along the way).

FoodStuff: Tonic Water: Curatives and Cocktails

Anney and Lauren visit local tonic syrup purveyor (along with other cocktail fixings) 18.21 Bitters to learn more about tonic syrup, quinine and try a couple of cocktails for good measure.

Marshmallows: A Cure for Your Ills

Marshmallows in one form or another (hearts, stars, and horseshoes included) have been enjoyed for thousands of years and involve some serious science. This is no fluff piece, is what we're saying.