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An illuminating, conversational podcast about the surprising histories behind the foods we love. Did you know Mussolini tried to ban pasta in Italy? Or that Cajun food has proud Canadian ancestry? Guests are a mix of experts in their fields and professional funny people, so you'll probably learn something and maybe have a chuckle, too. Hosted by Katherine Spiers, former food editor at LA Weekly and current manager of the website How to Eat L.A.

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    • 4.8 • 223 Ratings

An illuminating, conversational podcast about the surprising histories behind the foods we love. Did you know Mussolini tried to ban pasta in Italy? Or that Cajun food has proud Canadian ancestry? Guests are a mix of experts in their fields and professional funny people, so you'll probably learn something and maybe have a chuckle, too. Hosted by Katherine Spiers, former food editor at LA Weekly and current manager of the website How to Eat L.A.

    Raw Milk

    Raw Milk

    Do I drink it? Yes. Am I a sovereign citizen? Depends on my mood.
    (Written version here.)
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    Music: Freedom! '90 - George Michael
    Sources (I over-researched this one. I may or may not have used info from every source here, but I figured I'd include them all to be safe.):
    https://www.nytimes.com/1985/04/17/garden/salmonella-outbreak-is-traced.html
    https://gidmk.substack.com/p/raw-milk-literally-kills-people?utm_source=arnoldspumpclub.schwarzenegger.com&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=how-to-elevate-your-mind
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5443421/
    https://www.fda.gov/media/140394/download
    https://www.nourishwithkristin.com/blog/raw-milk-history
    https://foodpolicyforthought.com/2014/05/06/the-history-of-raw-milk-and-pasteurization/
    https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/history-science-science-everywhere-you-asked/who-first-suggested-milk-be-pasteurized-make-it-safer-consumption
    https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/as/as-612-w.pdf
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/10/25/onions-salmonella-recall/
    https://www.tiktok.com/@paulsaladinomd2/video/7151475682936245550?q=raw%20milk&t=1697747104293
    https://www.tiktok.com/@healthanie/video/7271751825215343914?q=raw%20milk&t=1697747104293
    https://www.tiktok.com/@sammyllacey/video/7239126493102738734?q=raw%20milk&t=1697747104293 lies
    https://www.capitalpress.com/state/oregon/oregon-scraps-cafo-waiver-for-personal-raw-milk-production/article_3dd027a6-2c08-11ee-87c3-cfdb4af4b5a4.html
    https://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1026&context=healthmatrix
    http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/differences-between-organic-and-conventional-cow%E2%80%99s-milk#:~:text=Dairy%20farms%20that%20sell%20milk,not%20treated%20with%20supplemental%20hormones.
    https://www.latimes.com/business/la-xpm-2011-aug-04-la-fi-milk-raid-20110804-story.html
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/04/30/raw-deal
    https://la.eater.com/2022/11/29/23483129/secret-mexican-ranch-parties-pajaretes-raw-milk-cocktails-los-angeles-california-feature
    https://www.cheeseprofessor.com/blog/buffalo-milk-and-cheese-in-america
    https://www.mariasbulacansweets.com/product-page/carabao-s-milk-limited-availability
    https://morseyscreamery.com/
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/02/20/387558373/why-some-states-want-to-legalize-raw-milk-sales
    https://www.givesendgo.com/G3NZH
    https://www.thelancasterpatriot.com/amos-miller-seeks-compromise-on-farm-case-as-tucker-carlson-takes-up-his-struggle/
    https://getrawmilk.com/content/amos-miller-food-club-charges
    https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/embattled-amish-farmers-saga-with-usda-becomes-grist-for-conservative-media/article_ad97b98e-2630-11ed-bf68-172014e8a0c1.html
    https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-county-farmer-amos-miller-makes-30-000-payment-under-agreement-with-feds/article_50afdfe2-8ba9-11ed-9017-83da128dccdc.html
    https://www.thefp.com/p/raw-milk/comments#comment-11807602
    https://www.rawmilkinstitute.org/updates/letter-to-medical-professionals-about-raw-milk#:~:text=Raw%20milk%20has%20superior%20nutrition,immune%20system%20and%20gastrointestinal%20tract 
    https://www.fda.gov/media/140394/download
    https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/history-science-science-everywhere-you-asked/who-first-suggested-milk-be-pasteurized-make-it-safer-consumption
    https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2023/Q4/dry-surface-foodborne-pathogens-under-scrutiny-at-purdue.html
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/16/dining/food-marketing-ozempic-era.html

    • 20 min
    Soul Rolls with KJ Kearney

    Soul Rolls with KJ Kearney

    Soul rolls and other culinary smash ups; should legacy publications stay in their lane; activists who are not empaths.
    Related episode: Meat raffles and Snickers salads with Ben Mandelker
    IG: Black Food Fridays
    TikTok: Black Food Fridays
    Citizen Better
    Can Food Be Political?
    Who Made the Potato Salad
    YakaMein
    Ramen by Ra
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    Katherine TikTok
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    Music: Can You Help Me - Jesse Johnson
    Sources:
    Charleston Magazine
    Washington Post, 2
    James Beard Foundation
    Trademark Office
    Refrigerated Frozen Food
    Salon
    Soul Food Scholar, 2
    Chicago Reader
    Roanoke Times
    Medill News Service
    Waterloo Region Record

    • 46 min
    Queer Food with John Birdsall

    Queer Food with John Birdsall

    Kitsch versus camp and the politics of quiche.
    The Man Who Ate Too Much 
    Related: 
    Mai tais with Allan Katz 
    Coconut shrimp with Julia Loken 
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    Katherine TikTok
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    Music: Quiche Lorraine - The B-52s 
    Sources: 
    John Birdsall 1,2 
    Gastronomica 
    Slate 
    Eater 
    Atlas Obscura 

    • 55 min
    Which Animals Have Taste? With Katie Goldin

    Which Animals Have Taste? With Katie Goldin

    Crows. You gotta hand it to them.
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    Creature Feature 
    Secretly Incredibly Fascinating Podcast 
    Katherine TikTok
    Smart Mouth newsletter
    Smart Mouth IG
    Music: I Love My Dog - Cat Stevens 
    Sources:
    San Diego Zoo, 2 
    Mental Floss 
    ToughLittleBirds.com 
    Scientific American 
    The Condor 
    Science.com 
    Australian Broadcast Corporation 
    Nutrients 
    Carni Sostenibili 
    Science Direct 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Salt the Chicken with Susan Jung

    Salt the Chicken with Susan Jung

    A dream job and many dream fried chicken recipes.
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    Kung Pao & Beyond 
    Susan IG 
    Katherine TikTok
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    Music: Salt - Ava Max 
    Sources:
    First We Feast 
    "Identification of the Yellow Skin Gene Reveals a Hybrid Origin of the Domestic Chicken"

    • 36 min
    Tyromancy with Jennifer Billock

    Tyromancy with Jennifer Billock

    There's no end of ways to tell the future. But most importantly: with cheese.
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    Kitchen Witch 
    Jennifer IG 
    Kitchen Witch IG 
    Katherine TikTok
    Smart Mouth newsletter
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    Music: Big Cheese - Nirvana 
    Sources:
    Eater 
    The Awl 
    PBS 
    Modern Language Notes 
    The Modern Language Review 
    Isis 
    Omancy Fancy 
    History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718
    "Select Cases of Conscience Touching Witches and Witchcraft"
    Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia …
    Marks of an Absolute Witch: Evidentiary Dilemmas in Early Modern England,  Rhetoric, Science, & Magic in Seventeenth-Century England

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
223 Ratings

223 Ratings

~Ashley ,

A delicious way to enjoy history!

Thank you for all of these thoughtful and impeccably researched episodes!

Nick McNulty ,

A great food podcast

Smart Mouth has been a wonderful look into the history of food and the future of recipes. Interviews are quick witted and the historical details are top notch (particularly the episde about Toll House cookies). If you live in the LA area, Katherine is a great follow to let you know the best places to eat each weekend. As the show has progressed, however, it has slowly started to morph into "here's why your favorite food is actually problematic/racist." In the recent episode about hotdogs, it only took three minutes to digress into a discussion about how much they hate the police.

Over the Loon ,

Nerdy and awesome

Loving this podcast. The host, Katherine, is funny and passionate. I never thought I would care about highly specific morsels of food history but here we are. It’s also very much not just about food, though. This show has a POV and a personality and I have laughed out loud several times. Recommend!

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