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Ever wish you could spend the day immersed in the fantasy worlds from your book, show, or game? Meet the characters, travel the land - or if you’re like most of us at Proof - eat the food? From the Legend of Zelda to Dungeons and Dragons, reporter Sarah Vitak talks to the fan cookbook authors who are transforming pixelated foods into irl dishes you can serve on your plate.Check out Aimee’s cookbook, The Unofficial Legend of Zelda Cookbook. Learn more about Ashley and Isaac's Dungeons and Dragons cookbook, Fantasy Feasting, at the Fantasy Feasting Kickstarter.Listen to Eric's podcast, Imaginary Worlds.Learn more about Marisa’s work as a folklorist.See some of Janice’s creations in Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Vanishing Ants

The Vanishing Ants

2022-08-0438:37

Leafcutter ants have been a traditional Colombian food for millennia, long predating Spanish colonization. But the ants, eaten by Colombians since the indigenous Guane peoples inhabited the area of Santander, are now in peril. What does the future hold for this ancient food source? Reporter Camilo Garzón reports.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As one of the most commonly consumed berries in the world, strawberries are a beloved household snack. But this soft, sweet fruit has a rocky history. From immigration to incarceration, Japanese Americans are integral to the California Strawberry origin story. Through three generations of Japanese strawberry farmers, reporter Hannah Kirshner brings us a story of ingenuity and resilience.To learn more about Japanese Americans and Strawberry farming, read:A Taste for Strawberries, by Manabi Hirasaki with Naomi HiraharaStrawberry Days, by David NeiwertFor more about Japanese American history, check out:Japanese American National MuseumDensho.orgNature Behind Barbed Wire, by Connie Y. ChiangSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This season, we’re bringing you food stories from all over--from South America to the South Side of Chicago. We travel to Colombia to find out why leaf cutter ants–a common snack in the country–are disappearing. We drive around Chicago in search for one of the city's most famous culinary exports (and no, it's not deep-dish pizza or hot dogs). And we ask: Why does a Dungeons and Dragons recipe book have almost as many positive reviews as America’s Test Kitchen’s best-selling title? All that, and so much more on Season 11 of Proof from America’s Test Kitchen.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Here’s a special preview of Not Lost, a new podcast about finding yourself in places you’ve never been from our friends at Pushkin Industries! Host Brendan Francis Newnam takes us around the world, learning about new places by getting invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. From Montréal to Mexico City, Brendan and his guests drink, dance, and eat, learning as much about themselves as the places they visit. In this preview, Brendan and his friend Danielle Hendersen head to the Big Easy and discover that it’s anything but. Carousel bars, gospel choirs, voodoo readings, and a visit to a slavery memorial plunge the duo into conversations about the good life with local luminaries like jazz-great Kermit Ruffins, voodoo priestess Madame Cinnamon, and a chef who dreams about gumbo.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Your Trash? My Treasure

Your Trash? My Treasure

2022-06-0901:16:232

For the season finale, we're bringing you three short stories on the theme: One person's trash is another person's treasure. Reporter Stephen Calabria digs into the story of a famous half-eaten piece of toast, ATK assistant editor Eden Faithful goes dumpster diving, and reporter Eliza Rothstein traces the life cycle of a pastry that turns into a spirit. Proof will be back for Season 11 late July, and in the meantime, we'll post other exciting content in our feed!You can view what items Christie's auctioned off from Sue Houghton's Beatles collection here. And if you’re curious about what Misadventure's vodka tastes like, head to misadventure.com and use the code PROOF2022 for 15% off vodka bottles.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Seeds Worth Saving

The Seeds Worth Saving

2022-06-0249:104

Baskets of bok choy, galangal, collard greens, epazote. We often take these United Nations of produce for granted, but it’s the deliberate work of farmers cultivating heritage seeds that ignites the growing diversity of fruits, grains, and vegetables. In this episode, reporter Jean Trinh chronicles the lives of three farmers who have made it their mission to plant seeds that sow a sense of home, cultural preservation, and belonging.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The McDonald’s vegan cheese slice. Botanical flavors for your next latte. A patent to cure meats with...celery juice. Many of the next it-food innovations are engineered by a company you’ve probably never heard of but touches almost food product you know: The Kerry Group. Reporter John Ringer goes behind the scenes at this food factory and lab, as he traces the history of Kerry’s humble roots as an Irish dairy cooperative to a worldwide ingredients company.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Black Americans have deep historical connections and ownership over vegan and plant-based cuisines. But after the Great Migration, many left farms and the Jim Crow South to cities where urbanization and the advent of fast food changed the landscape of accessibility to fresh foods. In this episode of Proof, writer Gabrielle Lawrence-Cormier reconnects with their family's pre-Great Migration gardening traditions and reclaims their plant-based culinary roots.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Pho Must Go On

The Pho Must Go On

2022-05-1245:141

Many of us have family recipes that have been passed down for generations. For reporter Anh Gray, it's her late mother's piping hot bowl of beef pho. But what do we do when we need to amend these recipes? Is something lost when we make substitutions, or can we iterate and build upon that which is sacred? Anh dives in.Thanks to our sponsor, Naked Lunch. It's a new podcast hosted by Phil Rosenthal of Netflix's Somebody Feed Phil, and music journalist David Wild. Listen and subscribe to Naked Lunch wherever you get your podcasts.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Who were some of the first people ever to make wine? Images of ancient people of the Caucasus or France might come to mind. But what if we told you that wine was being made in ancient Japan, around the same time--or even earlier--than it was in the Caucuses? And even before sake was being made in Japan? Reporter Hannah Kirshner investigates.You can read Hannah's article on the history of winemaking in Japan for Food & Wine, and her latest book is Water, Wood, and Wild Things: Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town. Eric C. Rath’s latest book is Oishii: The History of Sushi. Edward Slingerland’s is Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Welcome to Bear Grass, North Carolina, where moonshine, tobacco, and bootlegging were once king. Today, a storied dish called chicken mull is a staple of the town's identity and for years, Bear Grass held an annual chicken mull-making contest to see who made the best mull. What happens though, when this humble dish almost tears the small, close-knit community apart? Reporter Allison Salerno reports.Interested in making chicken mull? Find our Cook's Country recipe here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Get Rich or Die Cracking

Get Rich or Die Cracking

2022-04-2145:301

Black walnuts are probably nature's toughest nut to crack. But one man--television producer and newbie farmer Mike Trinklein--is determined to prove that it's a crop worth farming for. In this episode of Proof, Mike walks us through the history and benefits of these nuts, and shares his own scheme to get rich...slow off the land.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Proof from America's Test Kitchen returns Thursday, April 21st! We kick off Season 10 by traveling to the midwest in search of a tough-to-crack crop. We ask: Who has the right to tweak a national dish? We also try to solve the mystery of The Beatles' George Harrison's piece of toast. All that, and much more on the new season of Proof!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Muhidin Libah was living in Syracuse, New York when he received a call from a Somali Bantu community in Maine. They wanted his help setting up a non-profit organization that would run a farm aimed to serve the growing Somali Bantu émigré community in the Pine Tree State. As Muhidin answered the call, he wondered whether they should stick to setting the organization up with a strictly for-us-by-us mentality, or whether they needed allies in a place that had shown hostility to his people. What does it mean to set up a farm--for and by a minority community--in a predominantly white region? Reporter Ashia Aubourg digs in.This story is based on Ashia's story in Cuisine Noir. Visit the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine's website to find out more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dumplings in Iowa

Dumplings in Iowa

2021-12-1647:282

What does it look like when you uproot yourself from a familiar culinary place to an unknown city? The Moth performer and writer Aaron Pang dives in with this audio diary that chronicles his move from San Francisco to Iowa City.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
One day in 2012, Proof host Kevin Pang received an email from his father, urging Kevin to watch a video on YouTube that he'd just sent. Reluctantly, Kevin opened it to discover that somehow, his retired father had created a YouTube cooking channel that had nearly a million views. This would kick off a series of events that would forever change Kevin's relationship with his father. This week's episode is a story about family, what happens when immigrants move to a new country, and how Kevin's dad became an unlikely YouTube star. (This story is based on Kevin Pang's article in the New York Times Magazine.)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Around the world and throughout history, we’ve celebrated the departed with rituals that involve food. Pharaohs were buried with feasts. We pour out drinks in honor of fallen friends and family. But the precision and thought that Zoroastrian priest Marziban Hathiram puts into preparing meals for the departed is in a league of its own. Author Varud Gupta takes us through the intricacies of the stum death ritual in Gujarat, India, and walks us through what foods are--and aren’t--appropriate for the afterlife.Read more of Varud's journey in his book, Bagwaan Ke Pakwaan: Food of the Gods.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Charlotte Gill was anguished by the way the lobsters at her lobster pound died a slow death in vats of boiling water. ‘There must be another way,’ she thought. ‘How about getting them high?’ In this episode of Proof, science reporter Sarah Vitak tracks Gill’s quest, invokes David Foster Wallace, and considers the lobster.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jewish delis are a staple of many American cities and neighborhoods. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the restaurant industry, Jewish delis were already on the decline. In 1931, there were an estimated 2,000 delis in the Big Apple. Today--almost a century later--there’s fewer than a few dozen. So what accounts of this deli decline? Reporter Rebecca Rosman samples delis across the United States in search for answers.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Ashley May

Hi there! I'm Ashley May, and Isaac and I were featured in the Dungeons and Dragons and Devilled Eggs episode. If you're interested in our cookbook that was mentioned, you can find more info here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/youmaytry/fantasy-feasting/

Aug 11th
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Shari McCauley

you dont know what thats doing to the lobsters brain. it could be making it more aware or conscience

Jan 4th
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Nick Schrombeck

This episode should be titled "BURGER + KETCHUP" or "KETCHUP WARS": anything but this title. Before even listening to the cast, I imagined that I would be learning more of a history and future outlook of ketchup overall. It's my favorite sauce after all. This episode did that for maybe 5 minutes. Most of the cast was dedicated to a story about one of the earliest burger joints in all of the U.S. and their specific stance to NOT serve ketchup on their sandwiches.Ketchup doesn't only go with burgers. I understand the choice to prioritize burgers because they're consumed by most in the U.S., but they became the center of the episode: not ketchup. It would have been nice instead to learn more about the diversity of ketchup makers in the U.S. aside from Heinz, like Good Food for Good, Primal Kitchen, Sir Kensington's, or even local, artisanal takes on the condiment. From ketchup lover to fellow ketchup lover, I would appreciate the thing so much more after learning about the making of, the craft, the art. Hoping they redo this one!

Oct 22nd
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Dan B

Very moving and beautiful story.

Aug 26th
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Rachel

I love this show. Great episode! I miss Bridget's voice, though.

Aug 12th
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Rachel

I like Francis. He's nice to listen to.

Jan 28th
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Long Nguyen

sure is great hearing about those vietnamese war brides who got fucked over

May 9th
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David Duncan

I love this podcast but why is it I can't find out more information about proof when I go to Americantestkitchen.com/proof. Your help would be greatly appreciated.... thank you all.

Dec 27th
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D in Dixie

Living in hurricane territory, I try to keep a 3-6 months' pantry. But even in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, (during which my pantry was relied upon a bit), I could not bring myself to eat the MREs that were handed out by the government. I am a 1980's-era veteran, and in my mind, MREs are synonymous with "awful", "cardboard", and "never-food". I am sure technology has improved MREs, but I just cannot get past the remembered horrible taste and texture of those early 80s attempts. Sorry, ugh!

Dec 4th
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Fulawhhh

nm

Jul 14th
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lizzyb

)))llllp

Jul 6th
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Gunnard Engebreth

artisan Sriracha aioli tbh!

Feb 17th
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Matthew Armand

great show. lets do some on food and diet trends! I'd love to hear more on Keto, Paleo, gluten free, veganism and more!

Jan 21st
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Kevin Sochia

y'all I found Lia Haddock!

Jan 17th
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Levi Andersen

BOWLS host has my bowels howling :)))

Jan 8th
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Kimberly

love the new show!

Nov 8th
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Matthew Schrank

I really enjoyed this one- keep it up! I want more!

Nov 8th
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