Gastropod

Food with a Side of Science & History

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Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi?


This side dish of spicy, bubbly, funky pickled vegetables is such a staple in Korea that no meal is considered complete without it—but, recently, kimchi has found its way into burgers, pasta, grilled cheese, and even tacos. This episode, we trace the behind-the-scenes story of the “kimchi diplomacy” that turned Korea’s favorite fermented cabbage into …More → The post Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi? appeared first on Gastropod.


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Menu Mind Control


At its most basic, a menu is simply a way for a restaurant to communicate its offerings and their prices to its customers. But, perhaps even more importantly, says Alison Pearlman, author of a new book on menus called May We Suggest, a menu has to persuade diners that they want what the restaurant is …More → The post Menu Mind Control appeared first on Gastropod.


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Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction


The earliest humans favored juicy, meaty mammoth at mealtimes. Ancient Romans loved their favorite herb, silphium, so much that they sprinkled it on everything from lamb to melon. In the 19th century United States, passenger pigeon pie was a cherished comfort food, long before chicken pot pie became commonplace. And, for dessert, Americans a century …More → The post Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction appeared first on Gastropod.


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 05 November 2019  n/a
 
 

Tiki Time!


Tiki bars are hot these days: you can enjoy a fruity tropical drink while surrounded by faux-Polynesian décor in most major cities around the U.S. and elsewhere, with new tiki spots opening every month. The trend is a revival of a nearly century-old American tradition—but the knowledge of how to make these classic tiki cocktails …More → The post Tiki Time! appeared first on Gastropod.


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 22 October 2019  n/a
 
 

What’s CRISPR Doing in our Food?


You’ve probably heard the hype: CRISPR will revolutionize biotech, cure disease, resurrect extinct species, and even create new-and-(not-so)-improved humans. But what is CRISPR—and what’s it doing in our food? The first generation of genetically modified crops, or GMOs, were labelled “Frankenfoods” by critics and are banned in the European Union...


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 08 October 2019  n/a
 
 

Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five


We launched Gastropod in September 2014, which means we’re turning five this month, and that’s approximately 100 in podcast years. We’re celebrating our birthday with a special episode featuring highlights from the past five years’ worth of episodes, as chosen by you, our listeners—served up alongside a generous slice of cake science and history. Join …More → The post Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five appeared first on Gastropod.


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 24 September 2019  n/a
 
 

Celebrate Mexico’s True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole


In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse for margarita-fueled partying. But in Mexico, that date—the anniversary of a military triumph over Napoleon on May 5, 1862—is marked by a parade and not much else. The real celebrations happen on September 16, which is Mexican Independence Day. At Gastropod, we’re always down to …More → The post Celebrate Mexico’s True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole appeared first on Gastropod.


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 10 September 2019  n/a
 
 

Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret


This episode, we tell an age-old tale: an innocent young berry heads west to make its fame and fortune—but sells its soul in the process. In order for our hero, the strawberry, to defeat its nemesis, a fungus called wilt, the aromatic red fruit makes a deal with the devil—and duly becomes America’s favorite berry. …More → The post Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret appeared first on Gastropod.


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 27 August 2019  n/a
 
 

Omega 1-2-3


Based on all the hype, you’d be forgiven for believing that the fish oils known as omega-3s are solution to every problem. Heart disease, dementia, depression, even obesity—the list of ailments that experts claim a daily dose of omega-3 can help prevent seems endless. And with more than ten percent of Americans taking a capsule …More → The post Omega 1-2-3 appeared first on Gastropod.


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 13 August 2019  n/a
 
 

Meet Sharbat, the Ancestor of Sorbet, Syrup, Shrub, Sherbet, and Pretty Much Everything Else Cool


Many of you won’t have heard of sharbat, the delightfully tangy, refreshingly icy Persian drink. But most of you will have tasted at least one of its many descendants: sorbet, sherbet, syrup, shrub, and even the julep. So, what is sharbat? How did it inspire so many variations on cooling deliciousness? And how did Persians …More → The post Meet Sharbat, the Ancestor of Sorbet, Syrup, Shrub, Sherbet, and Pretty Much Everything Else Cool appeared first on Gastropod.


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 06 August 2019  n/a