220 episodes

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 • 201 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.

    Acadia: History & Food

    Acadia: History & Food

     
    Had you heard of the Acadians before?



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    Sources:
    Simon Thibault 
    Lenore Newman 
    Acadian Museum of the University of Moncton 
    Acadian Identity: The Creation and Re-Creation of Community (PDF)
    The Acadian Kitchen: Recipes from Then and Now 
    The Perils and Possibilities of Wartime Neutrality on the Edges of Empire: Iroquois and Acadians between the French and British in North America, 1744–1760 
    A Century of Acadian Culture 
    Canadian Geographic 
    Music: Angèle Arsenault - Évangeline Acadian Queen 
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    • 35 min
    Thomas Downing & Oyster History

    Thomas Downing & Oyster History

    He revolutionized the oyster bar - but his other, secret, work was more important.
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    Related episode:
    Diversity in Native American Food with Loretta Barrett Oden 
    Sources:
    Debra Freeman, Southern Grit 
    Smart Mouth 
    Splendid Table 
    The Virginian-Pilot 
    The Old Salt Blog 
    The Black Gotham Digital Archive 
    Union Oyster House 
    Restauranting Through History 
    Oxford Companion to Food 
    American Heritage 
    New York Times 
    The Gotham Center for New York History 
    Foodtimeline.org 
    America's Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking 
    History of Food 
    Music: Hard Times Come Again No More, Stephen Foster 
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    Gayest Episode Ever

    • 8 min
    Apples & the Downfall of the Red Delicious

    Apples & the Downfall of the Red Delicious

    Even the farmers say the Red Delicious is a bad fruit.
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    Sources:
    Purdue University (PDF)
    Washington Post 
    The Atlantic 
    New York Times 
    Etymology Online 
    Apples of North America 
    Guide to Cultivated Plants 
    Music: New Riders of the Purple Sage, Garden of Eden 
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    • 11 min
    Coquito and Canned Goods

    Coquito and Canned Goods

    First of all, this is not Puerto Rican egg nog. Secondly, it's made mostly with canned goods, which speaks to how Puerto Rico adapted to being a U.S. territory. Did you know that "Wars Are Fought With Food"?
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    Related episodes:
    Egg Nog with Drew Mackie 
    Spam with Helen Hong 
    Sources:
    Twitter thread 
    cookingcuban.com 
    Punch magazine 
    Britannica 
    Meryenda 
    NPR 
    BBC 
    CommunityScience.com 
    Taste 
    Eater 
    Feeding the colonial subject: Nutrition and public health in Puerto Rico 
    Agricultural decline and food import dependency in Puerto Rico: A historical perspective on the outcomes of postwar farm and food policies 
    Puerto Rico: The trials of the oldest colony in the world 
    Eating Puerto Rico: A history of food, culture, and identity 
    Factories and food stamps: The Puerto Rican model of development 
    Music: Roy Brown Ramirez , Boricua en la Luna 
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    Gayest Episode Ever

    • 13 min
    Why Are U.S. School Lunches Like This?

    Why Are U.S. School Lunches Like This?

    School-provided lunches have existed in the US for about 130 years, if you count the early days when private welfare groups handled the gig. School lunches have never been paused since they started, but the impetus for providing them has varied widely. (And they're the reason "white people food is bland" is such a compelling concept.)
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    Sources:
    Foodtimeline.org 
    New York Times 
    Pacific Standard magazine 
    National Education Association 
    US Government Accountability Office (PDF)
    School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program 
    97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement 
    Revolution at the Table: The Transformation of the American Diet 
    Feeding the Family 
    The American and His Food 
    Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in America 
    Related Episodes/Articles:
    Breadlines and Famines with Jeremy Bowditch
    The Settlement Cook Book
    Prison Food with Danny Trejo
    Music: Dead Kennedys - A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch 
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    Gayest Episode Ever

    • 18 min
    Abby Fisher in San Francisco

    Abby Fisher in San Francisco

    Abby Fisher was born in South Carolina but found her fortune in San Francisco. She wasn't mining for gold herself, but she fed those that did, and her recipes were so good they made her write a book about them. 
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    Sources:
    What Mrs Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking 
    The Henry Ford 
    NPR 
    Atlas Obscura 
    Gastronomica 
    history of information dot com 
    Repast: Quarterly Publication of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor (PDF)
    African American Women of the Old West 
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    Gayest Episode Ever

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

Sexy Cat Dad ,

Katherine is the best

Such great interviews and wonderful hidden history of the food you love.

TammyMinDC ,

If you like food and you like history...

this podcast is for you! First of all, I’m just gonna say it: Katherine has one of the best voices in podcasting! I love history and I enjoy food, and every episode is such an interesting deep dive on topics I usually have never given thought to. The conversations are great and offer diverse perspectives. The guest’s passion for the topic at hand is matched by Katherine’s passion to research and drop all the knowledge! Consistently one of my faves!

kittenkate88 ,

Not informational enough but also not fun to listen to

Only listened to one episode- admittedly an old one for a specific interview but not definitively researched enough and just did not like the interview style /editorial direction. Maybe some of the history is correct but she doesn’t exude confidence, and thus I feel it is more of a “I heard this once” instead of integrated fun facts. The interview style is self-centered- i.e. instead of asking a chef about Super Bowl recipes she goes on a rant about how football is bad and hopes it turns into a good holiday and no future kids don’t even remember it was once a football event.

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