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Smart Mouth is a podcast that cares mostly about food. We talk to the most interesting people we know, working in all kinds of industries, about their favorite dishes. It's a way of finding out what makes them tick. The podcast is brought to you by Katherine Spiers, the former food editor at L.A. Weekly and co-author of Rogue 99.

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    • 4.8 • 185 Ratings

Smart Mouth is a podcast that cares mostly about food. We talk to the most interesting people we know, working in all kinds of industries, about their favorite dishes. It's a way of finding out what makes them tick. The podcast is brought to you by Katherine Spiers, the former food editor at L.A. Weekly and co-author of Rogue 99.

    Community Cookbooks with Paula Forbes

    Community Cookbooks with Paula Forbes

    Canned tamales and the mysteries of Reese Witherspoon (ham parties?) with journalist and cookbook author Paula Forbes. And hey: just how WASPy are community cookbooks?
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    Pimento Cheese with Andrew Knowlton 
    Christmas Cookies with Kim-Joy 
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    Whiskey in a Teacup 
    White Gloves and Party Manners 
    Ask a Clean Person 
    Vietnamese Home Cooking 
    Emily Nunn's Spice Cake 
    H-E-B Cookbook 
    Sources:
    NPR 
    Gutenberg Project 
    What America Ate 
    The Church Ladies Divine Desserts 
    Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers: Casseroles, Including Breads 
    The Gasparilla Cookbook 
    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology 
    Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee 

    • 51 min
    Coffee with Nick Cho

    Coffee with Nick Cho

    Secretly good German coffee, filthy British pamphleteers of 17th century England, and the port of Mocha with Your Korean Dad, Nick Cho.
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    Sources:
    The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug 
    The Worlds of Tea and Coffee: Patterns of Consumption 
    BBC 
    Folk-lore of the Holy Land 
    Suave Molecules of Mocha 
    The Early History of Ethiopia's Coffee Trade and the Rise of Shawa 
    The Women's Petition Against Coffee Representing to Publick Consideration the Grand Inconveniencies Accruing to Their Sex From the Excessive Use of That Drying, Enfeebling Liquor. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Diversity in Native American Food with Loretta Barrett Oden

    Diversity in Native American Food with Loretta Barrett Oden

    "Native American food" is incredibly diverse. Loretta Barrett Oden, chef and member of Citizen Potawatomi Nation, has studied the foodways of North and South America - which has proven useful as she creates a pan-Oklahoma (39 Nations!) menu for the new First Americans Museum. Her thoughts on fry bread are ... nuanced.
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    First Americans Museum 
    Judy Wicks 
    Recovering Our Ancestors' Gardens 
    Native Food Alliance 
    Vinny Thomas 
    Sources:
    Journal of American Indian Education 
    US Forest Service 
    Government of the Northwest Territories 
    Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 
    Native Food Systems 
    National Geographic 
    405 
    Chef's Collaborative 

    • 55 min
    Peppermint with Niccole Thurman

    Peppermint with Niccole Thurman

    What is “childhood”? When was it invented? The same time as candy canes? 
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    La Dolce Vita with Erica Firpo 
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    The Imperfect Child 
    Child labor and the division of labor in the early English cotton mills 
    Adolescence and Youth in Early Modern England 
    ‘A Prospect of Flowers’: Concepts of Childhood and Female Youth in Seventeenth-Century British Culture 
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    New York Times 
    Snopes 
    Today I Found Out 

    • 43 min
    Eggnog with Drew Mackie

    Eggnog with Drew Mackie

    Do you enjoy eggnog without alcohol? Plus, peach schnapps trauma, a detour through Television Without Pity, and Her Majesty's Milk Punch. 
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    Maraschino Cherries with Courtney Nichols 
    Sources:
    FDA 
    Farmer's Almanac 
    A-Z of Food and Drink 
    Oxford Companion to Food 
    Eater 
    Punch 
    Time 
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    Food Timeline 
    Fred Opie 

    • 38 min
    Christmas Cookies with Kim-Joy

    Christmas Cookies with Kim-Joy

    The GBBO star on reassuring baking, the invention of Christmas bribery, and the uniquely American "cookies and milk" combo.
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    History.com 
    Martha Stewart 
    NPR 
    Christian Science Monitor 
    Iceland.com 
    Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Pavlakovich ,

An Audible Aperitif

Audio food programs have seldom done much for me, since hearing is the only sense food doesn't stimulate. But Katherine's presentation is still quite sating. She's smart, funny and delightful. Each week she comes in well prepared on the topic. The guests on the episodes I've listened to have been interesting and engaging, and Katherine is quite capable as a host to allow them to shine and position them to be at their best. Listen and you'll see the Table Cakes crew are worthy your adoration,

benjamin88dude ,

Fun Foodie Podcast!

Love this podcast; it’s super fun!
She covers pretty much all food types. I think I like the longer episodes better because usually those delve into food history a little bit more, which I find fascinating and often wild.
I do wish the host wasn’t so opposed to people who have different political views than her. This country is doomed if we don’t even want to try to come together at all. As she points out many times, she hopes to get rid of listeners of this podcast who are also Trump voters. Seems like a defeated way of thinking for either side... anyway...
Fun in regards to food, though. Lol.

ebraverman ,

New season on point!

Love this podcast!! The host, Katherine, and her guests always have great rapport, and I love how she uses food as the centerpiece of the interviews, but the guests end up filling in the ‘food history’ aspect with their personal memories and stories AROUND the food in question. Always such a fun listen. Loving the new season!!

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