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Proof

Proof is a new podcast from America’s Test Kitchen, hosted by Bridget Lancaster. It goes beyond recipes and cooking to investigate the foods we love (such as deep-fried oreos and tiki drinks) and don’t love (like once-in-vogue celery and the meteoric rise of the grain bowl). We ask the big questions (where do food cravings come from?) and uncover the hidden backstories that feed your food-obsessed brain. Proof solves food mysteries, one story at a time.

New episodes air weekly on Thursdays.

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EPISODE 10 | 2.7.2019

NON-NEWTONIAN FLUIDS

Ketchup isn't just a popular condiment, it's also scientifically fascinating. Bridget sits down with Jack Bishop to talk about the physics of ketchup.

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EPISODE 9 | 1.24.2019

ZEPPOLES

Zeppoles are a staple of the San Gennaro street fair in New York city. Jack Bishop has a special connection to the Italian fritters.

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EPISODE 8 | 12.20.2018

KETCHUP

Do burgers need ketchup? The birthplace of the burger, Louis’ Lunch, doesn’t think so. The family-run business has maintained a strict no-ketchup policy since they opened in 1895. We infiltrate this notorious ketchup resistance cell to try to understand why ketchup is such a polarizing condiment.

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EPISODE 7 | 12.13.2018

BOWLS

We are living through a fascinating moment in culinary history: the swift and relentless takeover of the [blank] bowl. These days, you can go an entire week of eating all of your meals in bowl form and never overlap once. Why are we bowl happy and how (or when) did adding the word bowl to everything from grain to breakfast become a thing? In this episode, we do a deep dive into bowl culture.

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EPISODE 6 | 12.6.2018

FAIR FOODS

State fairs have become the site of a novelty fried foods arms race, with vendors clamoring to outdo themselves (and each other) every year. We set out to learn why the adrenaline-seeking foodie in each of us wants to try deep-fried kool-aid at the fair, even if we eat sensibly in our real lives.

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EPISODE 5 | 11.29.2018

BEANBOOZLED, Part 2

In part 2 of our Beanboozled story, we go inside Givaudan, one of the largest flavor houses in the world, to uncover how stinky sock flavored jelly beans are made.

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EPISODE 4 | 11.22.2018

BEANBOOZLED, Part 1

Jelly Belly's popular "Beanboozled" game is an edible version of Russian roulette. You might score a tutti frutti bean, or you might get stuck with a stinky sock-flavored bean. But how in the world did Jelly Belly distill these disgusting flavors into a tiny, innocent looking candy? This curiosity leads us into the strange hidden world of commercial flavor chemistry, secret societies of flavorists, and so-called flavor artists. This is part 1 of an engrossing journey into the weird science of flavor.

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EPISODE 3 | 11.15.2018

TIKI

Wait... the mai tai was invented in Oakland?! We follow the popular cocktail on a historical journey through the rise and fall of tiki culture in America.

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EPISODE 2 | 11.8.2018

CRAVINGS

We've all been there - the moment when an overpowering food craving descends upon you and takes possession of your body, mind, and wallet. But where do food cravings come from? Are they cultural, genetic, gender-specific? We find out if science has the answer.

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EPISODE 1 | 10.31.2018

CELERY

Celery was the "it" vegetable of the Victorian era - celery tonics claimed to cure everything from overstrained nerves to a sluggish liver, and upper-class Victorians had special dishes for serving and displaying their celery. So how did celery go from fashionable to forgettable? We trace celery's fall from grace and ask the important question: is it poised for a comeback? 

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10.9.2018

Introducing Proof from America's Test Kitchen

Proof is a new podcast from America’s Test Kitchen that goes beyond recipes and cooking to solve food mysteries big and small.

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Meet our Team

Bridget Lancaster - Host and Producer

Host and Producer

Bridget Lancaster

Bridget Lancaster hosts and produces Proof. She’s also the Co-Host of the company’s two Emmy-nominated television shows, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.

Kaitlin Keleher - Executive Producer

Executive Producer

Kaitlin Keleher

Kaitlin Keleher is the Executive Producer of Proof and Supervising Producer of the Emmy-nominated television shows, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.

Jack Bishop - Chief Creative Officer

Chief Creative Officer

Jack Bishop

Jack Bishop is the Chief Creative Officer of America's Test Kitchen. He helped launch Cook's Illustrated in 1993 and is a founding editor of Cook's Country magazine and the company's book publishing division.

Sara Joyner - Producer

Producer

Sara Joyner

Sara Joyner is the Producer of Proof, as well as the company's two television shows, America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country.

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