Food Non-fiction



Food Non-Fiction tells the incredible true stories behind food. Every week, we pick a food topic and delve deep into its history and fascinating facts. We look forward to taking you on this wild food journey, through history, and around the world.


  • #72 When Impossible Burgers Became Possible

    #72 When Impossible Burgers Became Possible

    14/04/2020 Duración: 25min

    This Food Non-Fiction episode tells the incredible true story of meat alternatives. We talk about the early history of meat alternatives and then we talk to the Impossible Foods team to understand how this modern meat alternative was created.

  • #71 Pass the Tofurky

    #71 Pass the Tofurky

    20/05/2019 Duración: 38min

    This is an in-depth interview with the wonderful person who created Tofurky. Seth Tibbott founded Turtle Island Foods which is still a family owned company today. 

  • #70 Craft Beer Beginnings

    #70 Craft Beer Beginnings

    24/12/2018 Duración: 17min

    This is the story of the beginnings of craft beer. We tell you how this "craft beer" concept emerged. In this episode, we interviewed John Holl - a beer expert and journalist, Renee DeLuca - the daughter of the craft beer pioneer Jack McAuliffe, and professor Michael Lewis who has taught brewing for decades. 

  • #69 The Oreo Story

    #69 The Oreo Story

    24/08/2018 Duración: 28min

    This is the story of where Oreo came from, how it got its name, and who designed the cookie.

  • #68 Kombucha: The Tea of Immortality

    #68 Kombucha: The Tea of Immortality

    18/06/2018 Duración: 21min

    Kombucha has been referred to as the tea of immortality. So where did it come from and what are the actual health benefits? In this episode, we talk to the experts to learn about the history and the process of brewing kombucha.

  • #67 Nutella Since Napoleon

    #67 Nutella Since Napoleon

    31/12/2017 Duración: 13min

    In this Food Non-Fiction podcast episode, we talk about the origins of Nutella - starting from when cocoa met hazelnut!

  • #66 The Monastery Breweries

    #66 The Monastery Breweries

    01/11/2017 Duración: 21min

    In this Food Non-Fiction podcast episode, we talk to one of the authors of Trappist Beer Travels. Caroline Wallace and her two co-authors visited the 11 Trappist monastery breweries, learning the stories and history behind each of these breweries.  Here is a link to the book website for Trappist Beer Travels

  • #65 And This Led to Corn Flakes

    #65 And This Led to Corn Flakes

    31/07/2017 Duración: 17min

    Lots of people know the story of how cornflakes were created - this is the story of why. Thank You To Our Interviewee: Dr. Brian Wilson Thank You To Looperman Artists: Melody 126 Beats by Purge Ambellient by Danke Edm pluck for intro by capostipite Edm synth for verse by capostipite

  • #64 How Fondue Became Popular

    #64 How Fondue Became Popular

    02/07/2017 Duración: 16min

    This is the origin story of fondue and how it became a popular dish. Thank You To Our Interviewee: Belinda Hulin Thank You To Looperman Artists: Poppy Acoustic (parts 1, 2, and 3) by BradoSanz Edm pluck_for_intro by capostipite EDM Trap Perc Melody by 7venth12

  • #63 Tony the Tiger

    #63 Tony the Tiger

    22/05/2017 Duración: 05min

    This Food Non-Fiction podcast episode is about the famous cereal mascot - Tony the Tiger. Thanks to Looperman Artists for the Music: Apollo by SANTIAGOO  

  • #62 - The Palace Kitchen

    #62 - The Palace Kitchen

    06/03/2017 Duración: 18min

    In this Food Non-Fiction episode, we talk to Peter Brears about what it was like to work in King Henry VIII's kitchen.  Thank you to our interviewee: Peter Brears - author of "Cooking & Dining in Tudor & Early Stuart England" Thank you to Looperman artists: Bright Absurdity - Hip-hop Piano by JulietStarling xxiii Sampled Medieval Italian Acoustic Guitar by Julietstarling Artisticstrings HD Part 1 by Jawadalblooshi Dusted Jazz Loop by LeuNatic Brass - 10 - 130 Bpm by SoleilxLune AV Melody Loop 4 by Angelicvibes

  • #61 - Turnspit Dogs

    #61 - Turnspit Dogs

    29/01/2017 Duración: 17min

    This is the incredible true story of Turnspit Dogs.  The turnspit dog is an extinct breed of dog. This breed was used in kitchens to turn roasting spits back when roasting was done over an open fire, rather than in an oven. The earliest known reference to to this breed is in a book called "De Canibus Britannicis" by Dr. Caius. In this book, which was published in 1570, turnspit dogs were described as a kitchen service dog.  Turnspit dogs were put into wooden wheels (that looked like giant hamster wheels), and made to run inside the wheel, which turned a chain, which turned the spit.  Thank You to Our Interviewee: Ciara Farrell from The Kennel Club Thank You to this Looperman Artist for the Music: Melody by Slice0fCake

  • #60 The Carrot Myth

    #60 The Carrot Myth

    01/12/2016 Duración: 13min

    Did your parents ever tell you that carrots improve your night vision? Have you ever heard that this is a myth? So what is the real story? Thank You to Our Interviewee: Maya Hirschman from The Secrets of Radar Museum Thank You to This Looperman Artist for the Music: Piano Loop Will-Power 94 by designedimpression Special Thanks to Public Service Broadcasting for the Music: Visit their site!

  • #59 Trick Or Treat!

    #59 Trick Or Treat!

    31/10/2016 Duración: 12min

    This episode explores the history of Halloween and the vague beginnings of trick or treating! Thank You To Our Interviewee: Professor Nick Rogers Thank You To Looperman Artists for the Music: Melody by Slice0fCake Father Grimlin - Temperament Strings by JulietStarling Dark Creepy Piano by Zaqsi  

  • #58 All Your Favorite Chocolates

    #58 All Your Favorite Chocolates

    12/10/2016 Duración: 15min

    Inspired by the book, "Chocolate Wars", by Deborah Cadbury, today we're telling you the incredible true story of how how the biggest chocolate companies in the world fought for our tummies and tastebuds through innovation after innovation that eventually turned cocoa products from a drink, to an edible chocolate, to a milk chocolate powder, and finally, to our beloved milk chocolate bar. In the 1860s/70s cadbury experimented with and successfully created the first mass-manufactured chocolate bar. Milk chocolate bars did not yet exist at this time, so it would have been a plain dark chocolate bar. This was a big breakthrough. The fact that these bars could be mass-produced meant that they could be cheaper...more affordable, so more people could buy it and try it. By the 1890s, everyone in Britain was buying cocoa products - it was no longer just an exotic treat for the rich. In the decade from 1890 to 1900, the amount of cocoa consumed in Britain was doubled. Over in Switzerland, around the same time that Cadb

  • #57 What Came First - the Cadbury or the Egg

    #57 What Came First - the Cadbury or the Egg

    01/09/2016 Duración: 14min

    In this Food Non-Fiction podcast episode, we talk about the beginning of Cadbury. We go right back to a time before Cadbury even existed. Thank You to Looperman Artists for the Music: happily ever after strings perfect for movie score by nbeats26 oboe 65 70 bpm by soleilxlune Funky Guitar by Neems 1 by Neems For more information on the topic, we recommend this book: "Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers" by Deborah Cadbury

  • #56 Waffle Frolic

    #56 Waffle Frolic

    10/08/2016 Duración: 10min

    This Food Non-Fiction episode is about waffles! We talk about the beginning of waffles and the rise of waffles. Thank You to Looperman Artists for the Music: Guitars Unlimited - Reaching Home 1 by MINOR2GO Guitars Unlimited - Reaching Home 2 by MINOR2GO happily ever after strings perfect for movie score by nbeats26

  • #55 The Sriracha Story

    #55 The Sriracha Story

    26/07/2016 Duración: 17min

    This is the story of the extremely popular and iconic Huy Fong Foods hot sauce - Sriracha. The company, Huy Fong Foods, is an American success story. The founder, David Tran, left Vietnam in 1979 and ended up in the U.S., along with many of his fellow refugees. He had been part of the Chinese minority in Vietnam, and because of his Chinese heritage, he had been pressured to leave after the Vietnam War.  David Tran missed the taste of the hot sauces from Vietnam, and also needed to make money, so he started the company, Huy Fong Foods, in 1980 in California. The company was named after the freighter that he took to leave Vietnam. It was named "Huey Fong". Huy Fong Foods has never spent money on advertising, but it continues to grow year after year. They make Sriracha from fresh red Jalapeno peppers, which comes from Underwood Ranches - their sole supplier. The peppers are delivered within hours of harvesting. It's believed that the original Sriracha sauce was created by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak from a co

  • BONUS Ep - Interview with Kyleena

    BONUS Ep - Interview with Kyleena

    15/07/2016 Duración: 24min

    Hey Food Buffs - This one is a bonus episode. Fakhri has a pizza place she loves - it's called Secret Stash - and she collected an interview with the owner, Kyleena Falzone. Thank You To Our Interviewee: Kyleena Falzone of Secret Stash

  • #54 Vending Machines - Past to Present

    #54 Vending Machines - Past to Present

    23/06/2016 Duración: 21min

    This episode is about vending machines. The first reference to a vending machine is from the 1st century AD in Egypt. The reference is in a book called “Pneumatika”, written by Hero of Alexandria. In it, there is a detailed description and a picture of a device, which dispensed water when you put in a five-drachma coin. This was invented for dispensing equal amounts of sacrificial water at Egyptian temples. This was a source of money for the Egyptian temples, and it also made sure everyone got the same amount of holy water. Here is how it worked: Imagine a teeter totter. When a coin was dropped into the holy water dispenser, it fell on one end of the teeter totter, causing the other end to lift up, also opening a little exit which let the holy water out. As the teeter totter moved down on the side with the coin, the coin eventually fell off. Once the coin fell, the teeter totter reset and the water exit closed. Unfortunately, one of these devices has never been found, so we don’t know if this was just a desig

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