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Talking to people about the history of their favorite foods is a great way to trick them into telling stories they haven’t told before. Host Katherine Spiers brings the history, the guests bring the anecdotes - like Gail Simmons discovering American Thanksgiving, Jenny Yang’s childhood love of salad bars, and Scott Conant and Lorena Garcia’s fundamental disagreement about dumplings.

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    • 4.8, 174 Ratings

Talking to people about the history of their favorite foods is a great way to trick them into telling stories they haven’t told before. Host Katherine Spiers brings the history, the guests bring the anecdotes - like Gail Simmons discovering American Thanksgiving, Jenny Yang’s childhood love of salad bars, and Scott Conant and Lorena Garcia’s fundamental disagreement about dumplings.

    Lee Anne Wong, Nini Nguyen, & Melissa King

    Lee Anne Wong, Nini Nguyen, & Melissa King

    Secrets of Top Chef and how to fix the restaurant industry with Lee Anne Wong, Nini Nguyen, and Melissa King.

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    • 53 min
    La Dolce Vita with Erica Firpo

    La Dolce Vita with Erica Firpo

    How Italians and Americans use technology differently (it’s cultural), la dolce vita - but more importantly, dolce far niente - and the perfect Roman lunch. Plus a great mini-history on Jews in Rome.

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    Sources:
    https://italoamericano.org/story/2018-11-29/trippa-romana
    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180604-has-rome-declared-an-artichoke-war
    https://www.eater.com/2018/5/9/17312188/what-is-roman-food-italian

    • 49 min
    Soda Pop Part III: Diet Coke

    Soda Pop Part III: Diet Coke

    Prince William! Teddy Savalas! Rockettes! They all have something do to with Diet Coke. Or "diet Coke," with a lower case d. Those Coca-Cola lawyers are DASTARDLY.

    Listen to part two here: https://soundcloud.com/smartmouthpodcast/ginger-ale-vernors-mountain-dew-baja-blast

    Listen to part one here: https://soundcloud.com/smartmouthpodcast/soda-pop-history-invented-7-up-lithium-pepsi

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    Sources:
    https://www.coca-colacompany.com/news/the-extraordinary-story-of-how-diet-coke-came-to-be
    https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_880981
    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28038988
    https://culinarylore.com/drinks:what-was-the-first-diet-soda/

    • 38 min
    Soda Pop Part II: Ginger Ale & Mountain Dew

    Soda Pop Part II: Ginger Ale & Mountain Dew

    More soda pop madness! It's all about the moonshine mixers.

    Listen to part one here: https://soundcloud.com/smartmouthpodcast/soda-pop-history-invented-7-up-lithium-pepsi

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    Sources:
    https://www.tastingtable.com/drinks/national/difference-between-ginger-beer-and-ginger-ale
    https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a26934763/best-ginger-ale-brands/
    https://web.archive.org/web/20130624005710/http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/Magazine/JF02/canadianfoodfirsts.asp
    https://www.fohbc.org/PDF_Files/GingerAle_Previtali.pdf
    https://www.keurigdrpepper.com/en/our-brands
    https://web.archive.org/web/20141010210120/http://www.knoxnews.com/knoxville/life/drinking-in-history
    https://web.archive.org/web/20160205113023/http://www.frederickshome.net/mtdew/mtdew_smyth72794.htm
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-04-17/pepsico-aims-to-bring-urban-cool-to-mountain-dew-image-retail
    https://web.archive.org/web/20101121125233/http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/entertainment/art_scene/index.php/2010/06/24/dew-tour-green-label-shop-series
    https://mountaindew.fandom.com/wiki/Baja_Blast
    https://money.cnn.com/2004/08/06/news/fortune500/pepsi/
    https://www.tacobell.com/food/drinks/mountain-dew-baja-blast-freeze

    • 36 min
    Soda Pop: Part I

    Soda Pop: Part I

    Today we talk generally about the start of the soda pop industry (unlicensed pharmacists! Cocaine everywhere!), and next week we'll (that's Katherine and Drew Mackie) get to listener-requested specifics. Ginger ale is so popular!

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    Sources:
    https://amzn.to/2UgLhnP
    https://amzn.to/2xlBovZ
    https://amzn.to/3doZd6R
    https://www.sodaparts.com/blog/a-brief-history-of-soda/
    https://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/karen-berger/2019/02/soda-fountains--their-pharmacist-inventors
    http://www.historyofsoftdrinks.com/
    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-toxic-history-of-soda-pop/
    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/an-interview-with-pharmacy-drugstore-and-soda-fountain-antiques-collector-bill-soderlund/

    • 33 min
    Key Lime Pie with Rebecca Leib

    Key Lime Pie with Rebecca Leib

    Oh, you thought you knew. Or at least I did, but turns out the history of Key lime pie isn't quite what I thought it was. Tell me: meringue or whipped cream?

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    Sources:
    https://amzn.to/2x1dl5w
    https://whatscookingamerica.net/History/PieHistory/KeyLimePie.htm
    https://gothamist.com/food/key-lime-pie-the-state-pie-of-florida-may-have-originated-in-nyc
    https://www.facebook.com/floridakeys/posts/10216828844776953
    https://historycollection.co/an-exploration-into-why-the-word-hooker-came-to-describe-certain-workers/2/
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1994-08-20-9408200176-story.html
    https://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/article215758680.html
    https://keylimefestival.com/
    https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-nicole-rucker-fiona-key-lime-pie-recipe-20190702-story.html

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

ariewest ,

I love Smart Mouth!

Easy listening and super interesting!! I always have fun facts to pull out at barbecues and dinner parties thanks to Katherine and her guests!

H_LouVou ,

Cheers

I found this podcast as an ‘Ologies’ subscriber. I very much enjoyed the ‘Soda Pop’ trilogy, my vote for Ginger Ale was reposted in Instagram stories. Thank you.

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