Food

MSG: Umami and Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and science of MSG and explore just why we demonized it for so long.

Organic Panic: A Dietary Dilemma

We all build our new bodies out of the foods we eat, so why not obtain the best building materials we can afford? It's a reasonable thought, but the concept of "organic food" is often confusing. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian look to see what science has to say about organic and conventional foods.

A Six Course Feast of Dangerous Foods

Join Robert and Joe for a six-course meal of culinary danger! In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, discover six foods that deliver a lethal taste profile when carelessly prepared or consumed by the uninitiated diner.

The Necessary Spice

Spices are essentially chemical weapons. They protect a plant from animals and microbes. yet humans long ago learned to hack these defenses and use them to flavor their food. Join Robert and Julie for a discussion of spice and evolution.

Junk Food Junkies

Why does junk food hold such power over us? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie get to the bottom of modern humanity's favorite supernormal stimuli.

5 Menu Items Most Likely to Contain Parasites

Paranoid about parasites? Then skip the following dishes...

3D Printer of the Gods II

3D Printer of the Gods II: Oh, you're into 3D printing? How 20 years ago. It's one thing to print in the three spatial dimensions, quite another to factor in the fourth dimension of time. But it's happening. And in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and Robert break down exactly what it's all about and discuss the future of manufacturing.

Blow Your Mind: Nutmeg, the Scary Spice

Sure, you sprinkle nutmeg indifferently on your eggnog, but do you know its bloody history and psychotropic properties? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the weird, mind-bending, sickening and depressing side of an everyday spice. We'll explain just why you should use it sparingly, but often.

Blow Your Mind: Bugs, Twinkies and Ancient Foods

You are what you eat, which poses an interesting conundrum for a species that eats everything from fermented baby birds and laboratory snake cakes to fresh fruit and grains. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I take a fascinating look at humanity's earliest meals and how so many of our staples boil down to the incessant battle for survival in an unforgiving world.

Robots Will Also Eat Dinner with You

Sure robots can cook dinner for you, but can they join you at the table for a meal as well? Let's just say the technology is emerging. In this post, we'll look at three bots that could help you put away some leftovers.