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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.

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A Starter Guide to Sourdough

Beyond San Francisco, beyond Paris, sourdough bread has a long, rich history closely connected to beer and one of our old friends, fermentation. Anney and Lauren mine into the science, culture and history of sourdough bread, and have fun with the names of sourdough starters along the way. See more »

FoodStuff Makes Gin: FoodStuff Makes Gin

Anney and Lauren visit local Old 4th Distillery and try their hand at making gin. See more »

Cocktail Hour: Gin and Tonic

This simple, refreshing staple cocktail wouldn't be here if it weren't for heart disease and malaria. We trace the history of gin and tonic water, both separately and together, and explain the science behind why they're so darn tasty. See more »

Sweetbreads: Neither Sweet nor Bread

Not exactly sweet and definitely not a bread, sweetbreads are a type of offal with a pedigree among gastronomes. We explore how people treated this odd, tasty gland in the past, and how it made a comeback. See more »

FoodStuff: Sweetbreads: Neither Sweet nor Bread

Not exactly sweet and definitely not a bread, sweetbreads are a type of offal with a pedigree among gastronomes. We explore how people treated this odd, tasty gland in the past, and how it made a comeback with the help of executive chef Spencer Gomez of Holeman and Finch Public House in Atlanta, Georgia. See more »

FoodStuff: Champagne: Science, History, and Everyday Sipping

Champagne wasn't always a symbol of celebration -- it started as an explosive mistake that French winemakers tried to prevent. Anney and Lauren explore sparkling wine's history with a master sabreur (i.e., a professional at breaking bottles open with swords) and visit a winery to see how it's made today. See more »

FoodStuff: Yogurt: More Than Just Bacteria Poop

Would yogurt make a good video? Anney and Lauren investigate, from prehistory to bizarre sanitarium treatments to modern marketing campaigns, and go inside a yogurt manufacturing plant to see how it's made. See more »

FoodStuff: Honey: Brought to you by Bees

Honey was humanity's first sweetener. Learn more about honey and how it's made in this video from FoodStuff. See more »

May I Rent Your Pineapple?

Throughout its history, the much-sought-after pineapple has symbolized friendship, luxury and royalty. Anney and Lauren look into the pineapple's past to determine where this symbolism arose from, as well as where the pineapple is heading. See more »

Could Honey Save Us All?

Humans have been eating honey since before recorded history -- and it may be the oldest medicine known to humankind, too. From ancient remedies to cutting-edge cures to rare dangers, we explore the amazing medical properties of honey. See more »