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69 EpisodesProduced by America's Test KitchenWebsite

We tell the weird and surprising and funny backstories around food and drink. The tales we haven’t all heard yet, the ones that have been lost, the under-told. This is not a recipe show. And this is not a show about celebrity chefs or what they like to eat. Proof goes beyond recipes and cooking to i… read more

69 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Famous Death Row Meals

October 22nd, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 Season 5 of Proof beginning August 20.

Summer Cocktails 101

July 30th, 2020


According to cocktail expert Dan Zucarello, the basic Daiquiri might be the queen of all cocktails. Learn these cocktail fundamentals, and your summer will be filled with delicious drinks.

Wine and Whisky Copycats

July 23rd, 2020


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


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

Science Diction: Umami

July 9th, 2020


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

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

June 4th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Can Pistachios Spontaneously Combust?

September 26th, 2019


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

What Food Should I Wish For On A Deserted Island?

September 19th, 2019


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 for?

What Weird Things Did Presidents Eat?

September 12th, 2019


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

Can You Bake A Cookie In Space?

September 5th, 2019


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 into a cookie?

Why Is Ranch So Addictive?

August 29th, 2019


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

Are We All Victims of Food Fraud?

August 22nd, 2019


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 buying?

Can You Get Drunk Off Kombucha?

August 15th, 2019


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

Is Cereal Soup?

August 8th, 2019


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

Why Does OJ Taste Bad After Using Toothpaste?

August 1st, 2019


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


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


“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


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


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


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


June 6th, 2019


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


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


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


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


April 11th, 2019


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


March 21st, 2019


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


March 7th, 2019


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


February 21st, 2019


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


February 7th, 2019


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.


January 24th, 2019


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


December 20th, 2018


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 …


December 13th, 2018


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 …


December 6th, 2018


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 …


November 29th, 2018


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 beans are made.


November 22nd, 2018


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 …


November 15th, 2018


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 …


November 8th, 2018


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 …


October 31st, 2018


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 …

Introducing Proof from America's Test Kitchen

October 9th, 2018


Proof is a new podcast from America’s Test Kitchen that goes beyond recipes and cooking to solve food mysteries big and small.

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