12 episodes

Hungry For MO is a podcast from KCUR Studios where hosts Natasha Bailey and Jenny Vergara celebrate the stories behind Missouri’s iconic foods, from barbecue to pizza and beyond. Supported by the Missouri Humanities Council. Email the podcast at hungry@kcur.org.

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    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Hungry For MO is a podcast from KCUR Studios where hosts Natasha Bailey and Jenny Vergara celebrate the stories behind Missouri’s iconic foods, from barbecue to pizza and beyond. Supported by the Missouri Humanities Council. Email the podcast at hungry@kcur.org.

    What even is Ozark cuisine?

    What even is Ozark cuisine?

    Missouri’s Ozark Mountains are known for their lush wilderness and popular tourist destinations. But what about the food? Like much of Ozark culture, the cuisine remains deeply misunderstood and shrouded in stereotypes. From deep in the forest to upscale restaurants, these food lovers are preserving the Ozarks' past and charting its future.

    • 34 min
    The salad days of Wish-Bone dressing

    The salad days of Wish-Bone dressing

    In 1948, Phillip Sollomi debuted an Italian vinaigrette at his Kansas City fried chicken restaurant, the Wishbone. An immediate hit, the salad dressing formed the foundation for an empire: You can find that iconic Wish-Bone bottle in nearly every supermarket in the country. Decades after Sollomi left the company, his family has returned to the city to reclaim their legacy.

    • 32 min
    Black walnut magic

    Black walnut magic

    Missouri is home to more black walnut trees than any other place in the world. Its wild nature and distinct flavor means the black walnut often gets passed over for more popular European varieties — the kinds you normally see in grocery stores and restaurants. But these Missourians are making sure that the state’s native nut, and its importance to the culture of this region, gets its day in the sun.

    • 27 min
    No apologies for St. Louis pizza

    No apologies for St. Louis pizza

    Is there any other regional pizza in the country that elicits as much debate and shame as St. Louis-style? A square-cut, thin-crust pie topped with ooey, gooey Provel cheese, this unconventional pizza is the result of decades of St. Louis ingenuity — and yet, even many locals apologize for their unique creation.

    • 29 min
    A toast to the birthplace of sliced bread

    A toast to the birthplace of sliced bread

    Chillicothe, Missouri, has an unusual claim to fame: It’s the town where sliced bread first debuted back in 1928. But despite being less than a century old, the origin of this revolutionary pantry staple was almost lost to history. A treat from the KCUR Studios podcast A People’s History of Kansas City. Plus: A preview of Hungry For MO’s upcoming second season!

    • 29 min
    Myth-busting the St. Louis World's Fair

    Myth-busting the St. Louis World's Fair

    The St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904 forever changed modern American cuisine — popularizing foods like the ice cream cone, hamburgers and iced tea. But what aren't we remembering about this international affair?

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

jacobischwartz ,

Now I’m hungry

Fun and informative!

kansascitiyianmi ,

10/10 Show

I love this podcast. Learning about the different foods from the Missouri and Kansas City area is always interesting. Only problem is I wish there were more episodes!

SJMoore ,

Fun, Informative, and Hunger-Inducing!!

Loved the first two episodes! You folks covered my most pressing questions about MO wine (which dispelled some myths) as well delving into the BBQ debate which was so much fun. Can’t wait for what’s next!

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