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The Fantastic History Of Food

18 EpisodesProduced by Nick Charlie KeyWebsite

Stories of the fun, bizarre and often ridiculous history of food. Packed with interesting tales like ‘The Man Who Ate King Louis XIV’s Heart’ and ‘The German Coconut Cult’.Join me as we explore The Fantastic History of Food.Show your support by signing up on Patreon: Get Early… read more

18 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

17 - When Drinking Coffee Could Get You Decapitated

July 17th, 2020


This is the 2nd episode in our two part series on coffee. Last time we heard about the origins of coffee discovered by dancing goats in Ethiopia, as …

16 - The Swedish King Who Tried To Kill A Prisoner With Coffee

June 30th, 2020


Coffee was discovered in the 9th century in Ethiopia. From there it spread across the globe, making its way through Europe and at some point into Sweden. It was not as welcome there as in other parts of the world, …

15 - 3 Tales of Cheese: From Egyptian Mummies to Uruguayan Cannonballs

June 12th, 2020


In this episode we explore one of the worlds favourite foods, CHEESE! We hear a bit about it's origin story and then dive into 3 different stories …

14 - Piracy, Witches and Hot Chocolate

May 16th, 2020


Hot chocolate has been a favourite drink of so many households throughout the ages. Not many people know the rich and varied history that this simple …

13 - Charles Darwin & The Glutton Club

April 26th, 2020


Charles Darwin is one of the most famous men in history. Not as many people know about his penchant for eating almost every animal he studied, from …

12 - The Man Who Ate King Louis XIV's Heart

March 20th, 2020


William Buckland and his son Francis were two men whose goal in life seemed to be to consume every single animal on earth. From bluebottle flies to mice on toast they were not afraid to try anything put in front of …

11 - When People Bathed In Meat Soups

March 6th, 2020


Throughout medieval times all the way until the 19th century, there are tales of people using food in all manner of creative ways. 
We know that …

10 - Hitler And The Secret 'Margarine Whale' Plan

February 21st, 2020


Hitler had a plan to make Germany self-sufficient during World War 2. The German people had a craving for margarine, unlike any other nation. In order to keep his people happy, Hitler and his advisors hatched a crazy …

9 - The German Coconut Cult

September 12th, 2019


The bizarre story of a man named August Engelhardt who started a cult on a tropical island in the early 1900's. He forced his followers to only eat …

8 - Tapioca Time-Bomb

August 23rd, 2019


It's August 1972 and the Swiss freighter Cassarate is bound for Europe with 1.5 Million kg's of Tapioca on board. Somewhere along the way a fire breaks out below decks. Mix tapioca, heat and the water from the …

7 - The Deadly Tidal Wave Of Molasses

July 26th, 2019


Just 2 months after WW1 one of the most bizarre tragedies in history would strike a crowded neighbourhood in Boston. Thanks to some unseasonably warm …

6 - The California Egg War of 1863

July 15th, 2019


The California gold rush in the mid-1800's brought hundreds of thousands of people through San Francisco in a very short amount of time. The sudden …

5 - Ancient Warrior Diet: Ninjas From Medieval Japan

June 29th, 2019


Ninjas are everyones favourite ancient warrior class. We take a look behind the scenes at what fueled these simple guerrilla warriors and kept them in such lithe and agile shape.

For show notes and references please …

4 - NY Yankee vs. Ostrich Spaghetti Eating Competition

June 29th, 2019


Francesco Stephano Pezzolo, otherwise known as Ping Bodie, was a famous slugger for the NY Yankees just after WW1. This is the story of the day he …

3 - A Gross History Of Competitive Eating

June 29th, 2019


We all know the stories of modern day competitive hotdog eating competitions, now we look way back in history to possibly the first ever competitive eater known as The Great Eater Of Kent. From then until now there are …

2 - A Conspiracy. A Murder. An Egyptian Bread Pudding.

June 29th, 2019


An exploration of three different origin stories for the famous Egyptian pudding Om Ali. We dive deep into the story of the famous female Sultan …

1 - The Day Paris Ate Its Zoo Animals

June 29th, 2019


It's 1870 and Paris is under siege. It's the middle of the Franco-Prussian war, and the German army has the city surrounded. Their food and supply lines are cut off and the Parisians find that they have to start getting …

Introducing The Fantastic History Of Food

June 25th, 2019


Season One of 'The Fantastic History Of Food' will soon be launching with the first 5 episodes.

I'd really appreciate all of your help in getting more listeners for this podcast as we head towards the launch. The best …

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