Episode 104: Khachapuri with Josh Scherer

Coke Zero, debasing yourself on the internet, how much we want to go to Georgia - the country. Food YouTuber (is that the phrase?) Josh Scherer (buy his book here) also talks about the Dionysus-wine-Jesus connection, JK Rowling’s revisionist history, and how everything we know about Russia we learned from The Americans. Plus some inside baseball on all the privilege in the food writing industry. (Listen here.)

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Music: Perfect World, Alias

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The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia

Splendid Table

Episode 102: Sweet Potatoes with Jenné Claiborne

The difference between sweet potatoes and yams, explained - finally. Jenne Claiborne (buy her cookbook here!) talks vegan baking tips, botanical archaeology, and the scams that the wheat lobby and the government pull on us - “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Please! (Listen here.)

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Music: Sweet Potato Pie, Ray Charles & James Taylor

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Chinese Roundabout

Indiana University

Japan Times

UCLA

National Academy of Sciences

North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

Library of Congress

Episode 101: Borscht with Olivia Smoliga

An Olympic gold medalist! But .. what is her job, exactly? Swimmer Olivia Smoliga explains that, plus McDonald’s vs Starbucks for breakfast, fermented hogweed, and a Polish moonshine recipe. Anyone know who invented vodka? (Listen here.)

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Music: Saturday In The Park, Chicago

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A Taste Of Russia: A Cookbook Of Russian Hospitality

The Guardian

The New Yorker

Indiana University

The New Yorker

Moment

Episode 100: Bolognese with Shirley Chung

The "Top Chef" alum on spending a month in Italy and getting snobby about the food in Bologna, a big Ryanair gaffe, and her love of anything dough. Plus, the Chinese-Italian connection and her collaborations with Silvia Barban. (And listen to that pronunciation in the outro!) (Listen here.)

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Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well

The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna

The Guardian

Culinaria Italia

The Guardian

The Local

Episode 86: Chicken & Waffles with Carl Tart

High-speed chases, his boss and my ex, the religious history of waffle irons, European KFC, and different varieties of tacos (and taa-kos)with TV writer and comedian Carl Tart. Plus, can multiple people claim credit for inventing fried chicken? Listen here!

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Music: Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, Gladys Knights & The Pips

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Life and Reminiscences from Birth to Manhood

Table Matters

Episode 85: Gumbo with Maggie Maye

Comedian Maggie Maye is here to talk about gumbo. But also: the objectively best style of French fries, garbage queso, the joy of filling out customer comment cards, Official State Meals, and witches’ brews.

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Music: Hey Good Lookin’, Buckwheat Zydeco

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Religion, Food, and Eating in North America

New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories

Southern Foodways

Journal of the American Dietetic Association

The Atlantic

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