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.


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.

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.

Honey, a History

Join Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum as they dive into the history of honey in this two part series.

A Spork by Any Other Name

How has the spork captured so much attention? Who designed such a questionably useful utensil? Anney and Lauren explore the surprisingly rich history of the spork.

The Troubled, Tasty Story of Fried Chicken

Physics makes fried chicken delicious, and human prejudice makes its connotations problematic. We delve into the history and science behind (specifically southern-American-style) fried chicken.

The (Non)Science Behind Juice Cleanses

Do juice cleanses actually deliver on their promises? How did commercial juices become a thing anyway? Anney and Lauren extract the truth from the myths about juicing.

Much Ado About Brunch

Brunch has always been a meal of excess and leisure, and it's therefore associated with some ugly classist, racist, and sexist ideals. But waffles are nice! We break down the problematic yet delicious history of brunch.

FoodStuff Is Moving to Fridays

This is not a full episode, but a quick notice: FoodStuff will be publishing on Fridays from now on! Yes. See you Friday!

Bloody Marys: Dubious Historically and Hangoverly

History is as unsure about where the Bloody Mary came from and how it came to be named as science is about its status as a hangover cure. Anney and Lauren uncover the fascinating possibilities in this FoodStuff: Cocktail Hour.

Yogurt: More Than Just Bacteria Poop

Humans have been enjoying yogurt and its health benefits for millennia. From prehistory to bizarre sanitarium treatments to modern marketing campaigns, we explore the culture of yogurt.