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We take America's Test Kitchen's inquisitive and relentless approach to telling unexpected, funny, and thought-provoking narratives about food and drink. This is not a recipe show. And this is not a show about celebrity chefs or what they like to eat. Proof plunges into history, culture, science, an… read more

178 Episodes | 2018 - 2024

Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

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Award Winners: The Drink that Wouldn't Die

February 22nd, 2024

38:28

Chartreuse, a beloved liqueur among bartenders, defies the test of time. We recount the history of this drink that wouldn't die in our 2022 IACP …

Award Winners: Raiders of the Lost Yeast

February 15th, 2024

49:09

The plan: To extract dormant yeast from the nooks and crannies of ancient Egyptian pots stored in the vaults of the world’s most prestigious museums …

Award Winners: You're a Good Man, Brady Keys

February 8th, 2024

42:01

Pulitzer-prize winning author Dr. Marcia Chatelain returns to share the story of Brady Keys, a former NFL star and Black entrepreneur whose …

Award Winners: The Case of the Disappearing Franchise

February 1st, 2024

39:19

Pulitzer-prize winning historian and fast food detective Dr. Marcia Chatelain explores the cases of three American franchises that disappeared from …

Award Winners: World's Greatest Italian Beef

January 25th, 2024

52:53

This week, we replay our award-winning episode inspired by the food in FX's "The Bear". We get to the meat of the matter on how family can be the secret ingredient to creating (what we think) is the world’s greatest …

Cheesesteaks Go to Pakistan

January 11th, 2024

37:28

How did the Philly Cheesesteak make its way to Lahore, Pakistan? Journalist Kunwar Khuldune Shahid traces the transcontinental journey.

Try Ayesha …

Behind Boba Tea's Big Boom

December 14th, 2023

31:52

We're spilling the tea on the origins of boba, or bubble tea. Cookbook author Clarissa Wei reports.

Did this episode make you thirsty? Try making our Matcha Fauxba Tea Smoothie, inspired by boba tea!

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The Lost Crops of Sapelo Island

December 7th, 2023

39:27

The Gullah Geechee community on Sapelo Island, Georgia, is in a battle against time. Every year, storms, salt water, and construction threaten the …

How Almond Boneless Chicken Took Over Detroit

November 30th, 2023

29:35

ABC, or almond boneless chicken, is a popular Chinese-American dish from Detroit. But it's not as well known outside the Motor City. In this episode, …

Chasing the Freshest Beer

November 16th, 2023

35:54

How far would you go to ensure the hops in your fresh hop IPAs are as fresh as humanly possible? The answer for one Denver-based brewery? Take …

World's First Italian Coffee Bean

November 9th, 2023

35:17

Despite its rich coffee and cafe culture, Italy doesn't produce its own coffee beans. One man is trying to change that, against all odds. Producer …

Proof returns November 9!

November 2nd, 2023

1:40

Why aren't Italians drinking Italian coffee? What's the story behind ABC--a.k.a. almond boneless chicken? How did Philly Cheesesteaks become a …

Best of Proof: My Father, the YouTube Star

October 26th, 2023

35:37

In the last 'Best of Proof' episode of the year, we bring you a story from 2021 that gives new meaning to the question: How did host Kevin Pang's father end up becoming an unlikely YouTube star? Today, the duo are the …

Best of Proof: Prepping for the Worst

October 19th, 2023

37:56

Preparing for doomsday might not be as crazy as we think. This week, we bring you an episode from 2019 that takes you inside the culinary minds of …

Best of Proof: How Far Would You Travel for An Apple?

October 12th, 2023

37:48

It’s apple-picking season, and one man, Tom Brown, is on a mission to find an elusive variety called the Junaluska before it’s too late. Will Tom succeed? Claire Donnelly reports.

Gone apple picking? Check out ATK’s …

Best of Proof: Nixtamalization and Indigenous Science

October 5th, 2023

37:17

What is nixtamalization, and why is it so important when preparing corn-based dishes like tortillas and pupusas? Navajo reporter Andi Murphy walks us through her journey of nixtamalizing blue corn, and embarks on an …

Best of Proof: Fair Foods

September 28th, 2023

26:41

This week, we’re starting autumn off right with one of our all-time favorite episodes: Fair Foods. Chris Siege reports.


Craving that sugar cream pie from the Indiana State Fair? Check out ATK’s recipe for Hoosier Pie.

Saving the Craft of Soy Sauce

September 21st, 2023

49:55

For hundreds of years, Japanese soy sauce was made in wooden barrels, but now, most are made in steel tanks. And some argue: It’s made it less delicious. Can a group of brewers and carpenters save the art of traditional …

Finding Beer Where It's Banned

September 14th, 2023

40:45

In Pakistan, alcohol is banned for Muslims, who make up around 97% of the population. But, people drink, and there’s even a renowned beer brewery. …

Proof Presents: Snacks!

September 7th, 2023

51:33

The Proof team presents bite-size stories on snacks and snacking.

Want a snack while you listen? Check out ATK’s reviews on potato chips.

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How to Make the Worst Pies in London

August 31st, 2023

53:14

Proof contributor Eliza Rothstein heads to Broadway to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the pies from Sweeney Todd are made. We hear from the actor playing Mrs. Lovett, and dive into the history of food props.

Want to …

America's First Butter Sculptor

August 24th, 2023

51:10

The Butter Cow draws enormous crowds every year at the Iowa State Fair.  But who came up with the idea to sculpt with butter in the first place? Des …

Seeking Soviet Korean Cooking

August 17th, 2023

49:06

Reporter Sarah Baik explores the history of Koryo Saram cuisine (Korean Soviet cuisine) and learns about the importance of morkovcha--a carrot dish--to one Koryo Saram family.


Get a 14-day free trial for an America's …

Chicken Tender Capital, USA

August 10th, 2023

46:02

Former Comedian Nick Lavallee is on a mission to make Manchester, New Hampshire the chicken tender capital of the world. Will he succeed?


Read reporter Caleb Jagoda's original article from New Hampshire Magazine.


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How to Make A Battle-Ready Pizza

August 3rd, 2023

37:24

How did the U.S. military create a pizza that warfighters could eat on the battlefield? The Proof team follows the 5-year journey to create the …

Season 14 Kicks off August 3!

July 13th, 2023

1:32

How does beer thrive in a country that bans it? Who's behind the worst pies in London? What does a Danish tale of a blind princess have to do with …

What Is Fusion Food?

June 1st, 2023

52:00

For the Season 13 closer, we bring you two stories on the theme of fusion food. We look at a JamAsian specialty--Jamaican Pepper Steak--and ask: How did a dish with Chinese roots become a celebrated Jamaican staple? We …

Revolution at the Cookie Factory

May 25th, 2023

37:52

In 2017, an iconic brand of Argentina's de facto national dessert, the alfajor, was on the brink of disappearing. New management threatened to stop production of El Grandote, or 'The Big One,' but the workers at La …

What’s On the Menu in 1906?

May 18th, 2023

41:11

What did dining out look like in 1906? We put the question to reporter Doug Mack, who dug through the New York Public Library’s “What’s on the Menu” database for answers. Mack encounters items like flaming omelettes, …

The Road to Good Sake

May 11th, 2023

36:45

Fumiaki Matsuura had just started his job as the toji, or brew master of his family's sake brewery in Ishikawa, Japan, when he noticed a strange smell. A lot was riding on his reputation as the new face of the brewery, …

The Apple Pie that Made Me

May 4th, 2023

30:16

ESPN's Baxter Holmes was always told: If it weren't for his family's apple pie, he wouldn't be here. The adage takes on a whole new meaning in this …

Taiwan’s Unlikely Beef Noodle Soup

April 27th, 2023

34:05

Beef noodle soup is Taiwan's national dish, but its existence is surprising, given that eating beef was taboo on the island not too long ago. Today, there's an annual beef noodle contest where chefs from around the …

Navigating Blindness in the Supermarket

April 20th, 2023

46:24

What if you knew you were quickly losing your sight? That’s something reporter Jason Strother has thought a lot about. In this episode, Jason takes a …

A New Dad's Guide to Ramadan

April 13th, 2023

44:58

The month of Ramadan is here, and James Beard Award–winning writer Ahmed Ali Akbar is a new dad. He wants to pass down his family's traditions to his newborn daughter, but he wonders: How do you navigate fasting and …

Season 13 Starts April 13!

March 23rd, 2023

1:32

On lucky season 13 of Proof, we travel to Argentina where workers are fighting hard to save their national desert: The alfajor. We follow one …

Going Deep on Italian Beef on City Cast Chicago

February 2nd, 2023

14:46

Kevin gives City Cast Chicago host Jacoby Cochran a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our Proof episode on the World’s Greatest Italian Beef. Catch City Cast Chicago every weekday and wherever you get your …

The World’s Greatest Italian Beef

January 12th, 2023

53:23

One of the hottest TV shows of the past year was FX’s The Bear, about a fine-dining chef who takes over the family Italian Beef sandwich business in Chicago. Host Kevin Pang is a former food critic in the Windy City, …

The Amazing Adventures of Poppop’s Bread

December 15th, 2022

44:44

Reporter Halley Bondy came upon an autobiography written by her grandfather, who she called Poppop. His life was astonishing: Poppop grew up in the grips of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, escaping fascism to create a new …

The Proof Intervention of Brian Franklin

December 8th, 2022

48:18

America's Test Kitchen PR Director Brian Franklin's job? Spread the good word about the delicious food the company creates. There's just one problem: …

Food Accidents

December 1st, 2022

49:20

A breakfast cereal created by religious leaders. Chicken wings, infidelity, and revenge. In this episode, two foods we know and love born from …

When Old-Fashioned Candy Was New

November 17th, 2022

43:58

Travel writer Doug Mack felt trapped. Winter was approaching in Minnesota. Another surge of lock-downs and travel restrictions loomed. Staring at his blank passport pages, Doug turns to his keyboard and encounters a …

Should I Cook For My Dog?

November 10th, 2022

44:45

We think long and hard about what we feed our families. What about our canine friends? In this episode, reporter Varud Gupta goes on a quest to feed his Jack Russell Terrier mix, Luna. Not satisfied with standard dog …

Season 12 Starts November 10!

October 27th, 2022

1:18

In Season 12 of Proof from America's Test Kitchen, we're bringing you stories from wartime Czechoslovakia to an Italian beef shop in Chicago. Meet eccentric dog owners and pet personalities as we investigate whether or …

Best of Proof: Cheater Cheater Chili Eater

October 13th, 2022

42:26

This week, we bring you a story of a major scandal in 2003 at a Texas chili cook-off. A newcomer turns in a cup of chili to the judges filled with samples of everyone else’s chili mixed together. And then, he wins first …

Best of Proof: Oyster Mushroom Revolution

October 6th, 2022

36:56

This week, we bring back another all-time favorite episode about a fungi and its critical role in one of the fastest growing economies in Central …

Best of Proof: The Plan to Kill the Chinese Restaurant

September 29th, 2022

35:13

This week, we bring back a listener favorite that dives into the consequences of a legislation that tried to prohibit young white women from eating at chop suey houses. This episode tells the story of an organized …

Best of Proof: Celery

September 22nd, 2022

35:37

This week, we bring back Proof's very first episode, which takes a deep dive into the former “it” vegetable of the Victorian era: Celery. Before it was relegated to a bloody Mary garnish, celery was considered a status …

Proof's Guide to Hangovers

September 15th, 2022

35:41

What's actually going on in our bodies when we experience a hangover? In this last episode of the season, host Kevin Pang takes you through a Bill Nye The Science Guy-esque journey.

Got an idea for a story you want us to …

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Meals

September 8th, 2022

1:08:38

Bigma's Blackberry Pie. A warming bowl of chicken pho. Diner coffee, and a nostalgic meal at a Chinese restaurant in Japan. On this episode of Proof, …

The Food Court is Now in Session

September 1st, 2022

49:29

Ever wish you could settle--once and for all--the question of whether triangular-shaped pizzas are better than square-shaped pies? The Court of …

15 Dapper Acres

August 25th, 2022

36:12

What does it mean to be a dapperqueer homesteader? Author M Shelly Conner explores this question as she recounts her move from the city life in Chicago, Illinois to Conway, Arkansas, where she begins her journey of …

Chicago's Original Fried Chicken

August 18th, 2022

35:07

Host Kevin Pang takes a trip to the Southside of Chicago to tell the story of Chicago's most famous culinary exports--and it's not about deep-dish …

Dungeons and Dragons and Deviled Eggs

August 11th, 2022

35:57

Ever wish you could spend the day immersed in the fantasy worlds from your book, show, or game? Meet the characters, travel the land - or if you’re …

The Vanishing Ants

August 4th, 2022

33:34

Leafcutter ants have been a traditional Colombian food for millennia, long predating Spanish colonization. But the ants, eaten by Colombians since …

Strawberry Fields, Forever?

July 28th, 2022

44:03

As one of the most commonly consumed berries in the world, strawberries are a beloved household snack. But this soft, sweet fruit has a rocky …

Season 11 Starts on July 28th!

July 14th, 2022

1:24

This season, we’re bringing you food stories from all over--from South America to the South Side of Chicago. We travel to Colombia to find out why …

[Bonus] Best of Proof Harklist

June 23rd, 2022

42:54

This week, we're bringing you a collection of some of our favorite Proof episodes. Our friends at Hark Audio curated this list so you can relive or …

[Bonus] New Orleans: Anybody’s Gumbo from the Not Lost podcast

June 16th, 2022

47:43

Here’s a special preview of Not Lost, a new podcast about finding yourself in places you’ve never been from our friends at Pushkin Industries! Host Brendan Francis Newnam takes us around the world, learning about new …

Your Trash? My Treasure

June 9th, 2022

1:13:38

For the season finale, we're bringing you three short stories on the theme: One person's trash is another person's treasure. Reporter Stephen Calabria digs into the story of a famous half-eaten piece of toast, ATK …

The Seeds Worth Saving

June 2nd, 2022

46:41

Baskets of bok choy, galangal, collard greens, epazote. We often take these United Nations of produce for granted, but it’s the deliberate work of …

They Know What You'll Eat Next Summer

May 26th, 2022

29:37

The McDonald’s vegan cheese slice. Botanical flavors for your next latte. A patent to cure meats with...celery juice. Many of the next it-food innovations are engineered by a company you’ve probably never heard of but …

How to Water a Food Desert

May 19th, 2022

40:11

Black Americans have deep historical connections and ownership over vegan and plant-based cuisines. But after the Great Migration, many left farms and the Jim Crow South to cities where urbanization and the advent of …

The Pho Must Go On

May 12th, 2022

41:54

Many of us have family recipes that have been passed down for generations. For reporter Anh Gray, it's her late mother's piping hot bowl of beef pho. But what do we do when we need to amend these recipes? Is something …

You're Invited: A Wine Tasting in Ancient Japan

May 5th, 2022

44:14

Who were some of the first people ever to make wine? Images of ancient people of the Caucasus or France might come to mind. But what if we told you …

The Stew that Stirred Things Up

April 28th, 2022

32:55

Welcome to Bear Grass, North Carolina, where moonshine, tobacco, and bootlegging were once king. Today, a storied dish called chicken mull is a …

Get Rich or Die Cracking

April 21st, 2022

41:33

Black walnuts are probably nature's toughest nut to crack. But one man--television producer and newbie farmer Mike Trinklein--is determined to prove that it's a crop worth farming for. In this episode of Proof, Mike …

Season 10 Starts on April 21st!

April 7th, 2022

1:19

Proof from America's Test Kitchen returns Thursday, April 21st! We kick off Season 10 by traveling to the midwest in search of a tough-to-crack crop. We ask: Who has the right to tweak a national dish? We also try to …

The Somali Farmer Rises

January 6th, 2022

30:11

Muhidin Libah was living in Syracuse, New York when he received a call from a Somali Bantu community in Maine. They wanted his help setting up a …

Dumplings in Iowa

December 16th, 2021

44:30

What does it look like when you uproot yourself from a familiar culinary place to an unknown city? The Moth performer and writer Aaron Pang dives in …

My Father, The YouTube Star

December 9th, 2021

35:44

One day in 2012, Proof host Kevin Pang received an email from his father, urging Kevin to watch a video on YouTube that he'd just sent. Reluctantly, Kevin opened it to discover that somehow, his retired father had …

So What Do You Feed the Dead?

December 2nd, 2021

30:53

Around the world and throughout history, we’ve celebrated the departed with rituals that involve food. Pharaohs were buried with feasts. We pour out …

Should I get my Lobster High?

November 18th, 2021

37:36

Charlotte Gill was anguished by the way the lobsters at her lobster pound died a slow death in vats of boiling water. ‘There must be another way,’ she thought. ‘How about getting them high?’ In this episode of Proof, …

Will Jewish Delis Survive?

November 11th, 2021

39:19

Jewish delis are a staple of many American cities and neighborhoods. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the restaurant industry, Jewish delis were already on the decline. In 1931, there were an estimated …

Season 9 Starts November 11!

October 28th, 2021

1:33

We kick off the new season by asking: Why are Jewish delis disappearing? We consider the lobster, and the most humane way to treat them before we eat …

[Bonus] Mystery Recipe Season Four

October 21st, 2021

29:02

Today we have a special episode from our friends over at Mystery Recipe, a podcast from America's Test Kitchen Kids for young chefs ages 4-10. This episode features Proof host Kevin Pang! If you like Mystery Recipe, you …

One Man's Fight for Old Bay Seasoning

September 16th, 2021

28:24

Old Bay Seasoning is a hallmark of mid-Atlantic food culture. The yellow and red branding has stood the test of time, and remained unshakably present …

Why Be Vegetarian?

September 9th, 2021

45:44

How we speak, what we wear, and what we eat are influenced by our upbringings, our cultures, and our roots. But what happens when we peel the curtain …

The Drink that Wouldn't Die

September 2nd, 2021

39:08

Few drinks have gone through the ringer the way Chartreuse has. Since the 1700s, a silent group of monks in the Southeast of France have produced and protected this elixir-turned-liqueur through evictions, natural …

The Spice Blend That Takes You Home

August 26th, 2021

32:41

The smell of certain foods imprint themselves in our brains and can transport us to different places and our past. One scent in particular--the smell …

The Food Here Is No Joke

August 19th, 2021

43:23

On a cold night in January 2017, five comedians gathered around a table in the back of a cramped restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village called …

How Far Would You Travel for An Apple?

August 12th, 2021

38:19

June Pinks. Candy Stripes. Leather Britches, and Fall Roses. These are the names of just a few apple varieties that have been lost to time. But one man, Tom Brown, is on a mission to find them—and especially one variety …

How Pineapples Became A Hashtag

August 5th, 2021

36:51

Pineapple cakes. Pork-wrapped pineapple. Pineapple bento boxes, and beef pineapple noodle soup. Reporter Kai McNamee started seeing the spiky fruit everywhere—at restaurants, at convenience stores and at bakeries—after …

Why Did Jello Salad Go Out Of Style?

July 29th, 2021

41:53

Ethereal, contained, and rife with ingredients like cottage cheese, whipped cream, and fruit. The Jello salad was a mainstay of many American …

Season 8 Starts July 29 with a new host!

July 22nd, 2021

1:44

This season, we're back with a new lineup, and a new host, Kevin Pang! We kick off the season with a story about gelatin and the heyday of Jell-O. We ride along an apple hunter’s journey in search of a lost apple …

Sakura and the Wild Boars

June 10th, 2021

52:07

In the town of Yamanaka in Western Japan, wild boars are a threat to local farming. With the extinction of natural predators, the boars run rampant, …

Reclaiming the Fifth Sense

June 3rd, 2021

49:20

Our five senses--sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell--can feel intrinsically linked to who we are. But when aspiring chef Molly Birnbaum lost her …

No Us Without You

May 27th, 2021

38:49

Hospitality and and serving others were at the heart of Damián Diaz and Othón Nolasco's bar consulting business in Los Angeles. When the pandemic …

A Baloney Redemption Story

May 20th, 2021

39:18

Baloney is one of the most well-known--and divisive--meat products in the United States. Many synonymize it with "fake" or "synthetic," but there are some who defend the maligned meat to its core. What makes this iconic …

Nixtamalization and Indigenous Science

May 13th, 2021

36:07

Tortillas, tortilla chips, and tamales—these are all foods that are easy to enjoy but not as easy to make from scratch. There's a process called nixtamalization that occurs, which unlocks nutrients from corn and makes …

Feeders, Eaters, and A Neither

May 6th, 2021

51:47

For many of us, food and family are an intertwined bridge of our identity. We can trace so many things about ourselves and personalities to our family members and the meals we’ve shared. There are the dedicated feeders …

The Curious Curator of Culinary History

April 29th, 2021

35:03

The Food Timeline has been a valuable resource for food professionals and laypeople alike. The website chronicles the origins of everything from emmer grain (which, dates back to 17,000 BC), to the modern-day cake pop. …

France, Tin Cans, and the Missing Man

April 22nd, 2021

40:01

Canned foods are an essential part of our pantries. From pasta sauce, to pumpkin puree, to corn and beans, these ready-to-open options give cooking …

Season 7 Starts April 22

April 8th, 2021

1:27

Who was the man who helped revolutionize the way we eat? What does it mean to be an ambassador of a food culture and a pickiy eater at the same time? …

[Bonus] The Sporkful: Mission: ImPASTAble 1| Spaghetti Sucks

March 11th, 2021

32:28

Dan Pashman is on a mission to make--and sell--a new pasta shape. Our friends at The Sporkful have a new five part series on Dan's journey (and in …

[Bonus] Rebel Eaters Club: Food is a Bridge with Francis Lam

January 28th, 2021

35:24

Our friends a Transmitter Media have a body-positive and unapologetically food-positive show that is about breaking up with diet culture. Host Virgie …

An Ice Cream Truck Music Controversy

January 21st, 2021

31:19

Nichols Electronics has a monopoly on the ice cream truck music box market. When you hear the familiar sound of ice cream truck music ringing through …

How Orange Juice Was Built

January 14th, 2021

37:36

When you see “not from concentrate” on a carton of OJ, you might assume it’s healthier than other brands. But actually, that’s a relic of a …

Considering Blue Food

January 7th, 2021

36:15

The color blue doesn’t really occur naturally in food. Think about it: when was the last time you ate something blue? Maybe a piece of candy or an …

[Bonus] Ask This Old House: Insulating Your Attic

December 21st, 2020

13:19

Our friends at This Old House have a new podcast "Ask This Old House". The show features home enthusiasts around the country, who ask questions about …

Sizzler and the Search for the American Dream

December 17th, 2020

25:28

When Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee and her family moved to America from Korea in the 1980s, they were immersed in a whole new world. New schools, friends, …

France's Forbidden Wine

December 10th, 2020

34:22

Hervé Garnier owns a small vineyard in the tiny French town of Beaumont making wine from hybrid Franco-American grape varieties. But this fruity, floral, rich red wine he makes… is illegal. According to outdated French …

The Case of the Snail in the Ginger Beer

December 3rd, 2020

34:49

Modern personal injury lawsuits are now considered frivolous, at best. But 66 years before the infamous spilled McDonald’s coffee, May Donoghue drank …

Season 6 Starts December 3

November 27th, 2020

2:04

Illegal wine, food color psychology, a snail in a soda, and an immigrant family's food story. We're back with more of the food stories you love. Tune …

[Bonus] Antiques Roadshow's Detours Podcast

November 23rd, 2020

36:24

Our friends at GBH and Antiques Roadshow have a new podcast called Detours, where you'll get some insider info on objects you've never seen before, and why. We're excited to share their first episode with you: The …

The Villain of Trader Joe's

November 12th, 2020

14:48

The Trader Joe's subreddit is a place for friendly conversation and helpful tips for how to use Trader Joe's products. But what happened when a …

Thanksgiving Times in Crises

November 5th, 2020

20:20

Becky Krystal of The Washington Post joins Bridget to talk about what Thanksgiving has looked like in the past during times of crises like the World Wars, economic disasters, and more.


Read Becky's article The Washington …

[Bonus] The Genius Recipe Tapes: The #1 Way to Eat More Vegetables

October 31st, 2020

26:50

Our friends at Food52 have a great new podcast about the uncut gems of their weekly "Genius Recipes" column and video series. Bridget talks with host …

The Genetics of Taste

October 29th, 2020

14:51

Bridget speaks with Dr. Danielle Reed from the Monell Chemical Senses Center about the genetics of taste perception. To learn more about the Monell …

Famous Death Row Meals

October 22nd, 2020

11:46

Ashley Lecker, Author of the Serial Killer Cookbook, joins Bridget to talk about Famous Death Row Meals. Warning: this episode may not be suitable …

Proof Presents: The Walk-In

October 1st, 2020

55:16

In this special episode of Proof, Bridget Lancaster talks with America’s Test Kitchen Executive Editor Elle Simone Scott about Elle’s new podcast, The Walk-In. Then, food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris steps into The …

Hive Heist

September 24th, 2020

30:48

A new branch of crime has emerged in central California under cover of mass almond groves: the theft of beehives. Why? Because they’re really valuable. The American honey economy has crashed, leading beekeepers to find …

You're a Good Man, Brady Keys

September 18th, 2020

42:02

After Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968, Civil Rights leaders, fast food corporations, and the Nixon administration began an unlikely …

The Case of the Disappearing Franchise

September 10th, 2020

39:33

Historian/Fast-food Detective Marcia Chatelain is our guide as we explore the cases of American fast food franchises that once were, until they vanished without a trace. The Mid-century was the height of fast-food …

The Mysterious Yamei Kin

September 3rd, 2020

45:20

Dr. Yamei Kin was orphaned by her parents at a young age, and adopted by missionaries. She became one of the first Chinese women to receive a medical degree. In the 1910s, the USDA hired Dr. Kin to research high-protein …

Will The Real Mr. Oreo Please Stand Up?

August 27th, 2020

37:57

A collaboration with Business Insider’s Brought To You By. In this three-part story, we tell the history of the Biscuit Wars of the early 1900s. …

The Search for the Queerest Food

August 20th, 2020

43:07

In John Birdsall’s 2014 article, "America, Your Food is so Gay," he describes a particularly indulgent cheese burger as "unflinchingly queer." For …

Season 5 starts August 20

August 6th, 2020

2:32

Queer food, beehive theft, Nixon-sponsored fast food, and searching for Mr. Oreo. We're back with more of the food stories you love. Tune in for …

Summer Cocktails 101

July 30th, 2020

14:41

According to cocktail expert Dan Zucarello, the basic Daiquiri might be the queen of all cocktails. Learn these cocktail fundamentals, and your …

Wine and Whisky Copycats

July 23rd, 2020

21:15

Some new wines and spirits are being created in the lab, not the cask. Using flavor technology, companies are able to replicate artisan wines and …

Quaran-tiny Sourdough Starter

July 16th, 2020

16:03

Creating a sourdough starter can be difficult during a pandemic. Sourdough Guru, Andrew Janjigian is here to help.

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Science Diction: Umami

July 9th, 2020

13:26

Science Diction host Johanna Mayer joins Bridget to talk about the history of Umami and MSG.

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[Bonus] Brought To You By from Business Insider: Jack Daniel's

June 4th, 2020

35:01

While we work on our next season, here's another podcast to check out: Brought To You By from Business Insider. Jack Daniel’s is the top-selling whiskey in the world. For more than 150 years, it’s been made using …

Exodus Bagels: A Small Business and COVID-19

May 28th, 2020

42:26

The restaurant industry has been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 8 million restaurant jobs have disappeared around the country and some are projecting $80 billion in lost revenue in March and April alone. …

The Reconstruction of A Royal Cake

May 21st, 2020

37:41

In 1947, the Peek Freans bakery of Bermondsey made a beautiful royal wedding cake for Queen Elizabeth’s nuptials to Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. …

Cheater Cheater Chili Eater

May 14th, 2020

41:29

For competitive chili cooks, the ultimate accomplishment is taking home first prize at the Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert-Wick …

The Journey of the Nem

May 7th, 2020

32:28

How did the nem, a Vietnamese Spring Roll, become a prominent feature on Senegalese restaurant menus in New York City? The Journey of the nem is one …

Who Owns Nature?

April 30th, 2020

41:40

The Plant Patent Act of 1930 is cited in a landmark Supreme Court case that extended patent rights to genetically engineered plants, animals, and bacteria. But it all started with Luther Burbank, aka the “Wizard of …

Yelp Therapy

April 23rd, 2020

41:43

Bryce has put his blood, sweat, and tears into building his business, a Williamsburg restaurant called Black Flamingo. This plant-based Latin-inspired restaurant is home to a basement disco, and widely celebrated tacos …

Raiders of the Lost Yeast

April 16th, 2020

48:48

Seamus Blackley is the creator of the Xbox. He’s also an ancient Egypt enthusiast and baking hobbyist. Yes, you heard that right. Via Twitter, he …

Atomic Peanuts and Gamma Grapefruit

April 9th, 2020

47:04

In 1927, more than 50 years before the first GMO crop hit the market, a scientist named Louis Stadler shot X-rays at barley. The result was a random …

Season 4 Starts April 9

April 2nd, 2020

2:56

4,500 year old yeast, atomic peanuts, and a cheating scandal at a chili cook-off. Season 4 goes even deeper to reveal what’s on our plates and how it …

[Bonus] The Bitter Southerner: Waffle House

March 20th, 2020

47:51

We want to share with you a podcast from our friends at The Bitter Southerner called "The Ways of Waffle House" that attempts to answer a large …

Introducing Mystery Recipe, a New Podcast from America's Test Kitchen Kids

March 16th, 2020

18:40

Mystery Recipe is a new podcast from America's Test Kitchen Kids! With new episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, this short-form podcast will help kids AND their grown-ups uncover the fun, fantastical, and …

[Bonus] Introducing Clearstory from This Old House

February 6th, 2020

31:38

Our friends at This Old House have a new podcast called Clearstory. Hosted by Kevin O'Connor, Clearstory is a podcast that sheds light on the surprising stories behind our homes. The episode we bring you today, "Wood: …

Oyster Mushroom Revolution

January 2nd, 2020

35:59

In Rwanda 26-year-old Christian has turned his mom’s backyard into an oyster mushroom cultivation lab, with mushrooms sprouting here and there. And …

Underground Aams Trade, Part 2

December 26th, 2019

29:41

In part two of this investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar explores the underbelly of the secretive mango distribution industry. He uncovers the historical and economic reasons that importing mangoes from Pakistan has …

Underground Aams Trade, Part 1

December 19th, 2019

33:38

Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted treasure: Pakistani mangoes. And they pay a premium for it. In part one of this two-part investigation, …

Jamon, Y'all

December 12th, 2019

37:16

In 2015, Will Harris, a farmer in southwest Georgia, partnered with Spanish entrepreneur father and son to bring Iberian pigs to the United States. …

Tracing Jambalaya

December 5th, 2019

44:12

Reporter Kayla Stewart attempts to trace Gulf Coast dish Jambalaya back to its rumored roots in West Africa’s Jollof Rice. Kayla’s journey to find a …

Why Not Eat Bugs?

November 21st, 2019

39:58

A South African Entrepreneur, Leah Bessa, discovers that processing Black Soldier Fly larvae produces a milk-like substance, dubbed Entomilk. Can …

Prepping for the Worst

November 14th, 2019

37:45

In a deep dive into “prepper” culture, we learn what makes up the ultimate survival cuisine. We investigate the motivation of this subculture that …

The True Cost of Mezcal

November 7th, 2019

40:29

Mezcal has recently enjoyed a spike in popularity, which brought a welcome surge to the Oaxacan economy, the southern Mexican state where Mezcal is …

Season 3 Starts November 7th

October 17th, 2019

3:03

An underground mango industry, the hidden costs of your favorite Mezcal, and ice cream made from bugs. Season 3 goes deep to challenge our ideas about what we eat and uncover where it comes from. Tune in for Season 3 of …

Can You Prevent Brain Freezes?

October 3rd, 2019

7:12

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: does eating ice cream slower prevent a brain freeze?

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Can Pistachios Spontaneously Combust?

September 26th, 2019

9:32

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: do pistachios spontaneously combust?

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What Food Should I Wish For On A Deserted Island?

September 19th, 2019

9:54

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: If I was stranded on a deserted island, what's the best food to wish …

What Weird Things Did Presidents Eat?

September 12th, 2019

15:02

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: What are the weirdest things US presidents ate?

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Can You Bake A Cookie In Space?

September 5th, 2019

14:53

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: If you flung a cookie dough ball into space, how long until it bakes …

Why Is Ranch So Addictive?

August 29th, 2019

13:38

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: why is ranch so addictive?

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Are We All Victims of Food Fraud?

August 22nd, 2019

9:53

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: In a world fraught with food fraud, how do you know what you're …

Can You Get Drunk Off Kombucha?

August 15th, 2019

15:31

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: How much kombucha would it take to get you drunk?

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Is Cereal Soup?

August 8th, 2019

15:01

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: Is cereal soup?

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Why Does OJ Taste Bad After Using Toothpaste?

August 1st, 2019

11:40

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: Why are some flavor pairings divine (chocolate + coffee) and others …

The Plan to Kill the Chinese Restaurant

July 18th, 2019

34:59

Chinese restaurants are an essential part of the American landscape -- even more ubiquitous than McDonald’s. But a century ago, they were almost extinguished by legislation passed around the country that barred young …

The Pretty Big Problem of Ugly Food

July 11th, 2019

39:09

“Ugly Food” subscription boxes propose to solve a very big problem: nearly half of all the food produced in the United States is being wasted, even …

The Quest for Mystic Makgeolli

June 27th, 2019

35:35

Makgeolli is a quintessentially Korean alcohol, but few people outside of the Korean peninsula have ever heard of, much less tasted it. Even within …

The OGs of America’s Oranges

June 20th, 2019

30:14

Eliza Tibbets was ahead of her time. She was a suffragist, an abolitionist, held regular seances in her home, and lived in a utopian community. And …

Hidden Valley Wine

June 13th, 2019

41:11

Great wine begins with high quality grapes, careful fermentation, deft blending techniques, and, in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, a group of …

Frankenfish

June 6th, 2019

40:05

The snakehead has been described as one of the ugliest fish in the world. It has a thick neck and razor-sharp teeth. It's been rumored to bite little kids and walk on land. It’s also an invasive species that’s been …

Welcome to the Microbiome

May 30th, 2019

26:44

Probiotics are everywhere, but the science that explains the mechanism of the gut-brain connection still isn't there. Harvard PhD candidate Cary Allen-Blevins is researching everything from breast milk to kombucha to …

Who Killed the Miracle Berry?

May 23rd, 2019

42:48

In the 1970s, the Miracle Berry was poised to become the sugar replacement of choice. It was hailed as the solution to the diabetes epidemic, and was …

Season 2 Starts May 23rd

May 2nd, 2019

3:21

An FDA conspiracy, an invasive species threatening our waterways, and an emerging wine region that shouldn't work. If you thought Season 1 changed …

AMERICAN BARBECUE

April 11th, 2019

22:27

A conversation with culinary historian Michael Twitty about the history of American Barbecue.

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CELERY TONIC

March 21st, 2019

8:40

Jack Bishop discusses the history and unique flavor of celery tonic.

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NATURAL VS. ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS

March 7th, 2019

9:22

You've seen them on labels, but what are natural and artificial flavors anyway? Reporter Sara Joyner explains.

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TEST COOK CRAVINGS

February 21st, 2019

6:52

How do the test cooks at America's Test Kitchen manage their cravings? Jack Bishop heads into the kitchen to find out.

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NON-NEWTONIAN FLUIDS

February 7th, 2019

6:53

Ketchup isn't just a popular condiment, it's also scientifically fascinating. Bridget sits down with Jack Bishop to talk about the physics of ketchup.

ZEPPOLES

January 24th, 2019

6:59

Zeppoles are a staple of the San Gennaro street fair in New York city. Jack Bishop has a special connection to the Italian fritters.

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KETCHUP

December 20th, 2018

34:14

Do burgers need ketchup? The birthplace of the burger, Louis’ Lunch, doesn’t think so. The family-run business has maintained a strict no-ketchup …

BOWLS

December 13th, 2018

35:56

We are living through a fascinating moment in culinary history: the swift and relentless takeover of the [blank] bowl. These days, you can go an …

FAIR FOODS

December 6th, 2018

26:14

State fairs have become the site of a novelty fried foods arms race, with vendors clamoring to outdo themselves (and each other) every year. We set out to learn why the adrenaline-seeking foodie in each of us wants to …

BEANBOOZLED, Part 2

November 29th, 2018

37:11

In part 2 of our Beanboozled story, we go inside Givaudan, one of the largest flavor houses in the world, to uncover how stinky sock flavored jelly …

BEANBOOZLED, Part 1

November 22nd, 2018

42:32

Jelly Belly's popular "Beanboozled" game is an edible version of Russian roulette. You might score a tutti frutti bean, or you might get stuck with a …

TIKI

November 15th, 2018

29:09

Wait... the mai tai was invented in Oakland?! We follow the popular cocktail on a historical journey through the rise and fall of tiki culture in …

CRAVINGS

November 8th, 2018

28:28

We've all been there - the moment when an overpowering food craving descends upon you and takes possession of your body, mind, and wallet. But where …

CELERY

October 31st, 2018

34:48

Celery was the "it" vegetable of the Victorian era - celery tonics claimed to cure everything from overstrained nerves to a sluggish liver, and upper-class Victorians had special dishes for serving and displaying their …

Proof from America's Test Kitchen

October 25th, 2018

1:18

Proof is the flagship narrative podcast from America's Test Kitchen, where we take ATK's inquisitive and relentless approach to telling unexpected, funny, and thought-provoking stories about food and drink. It's not a …

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