Episode 29 The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America and Chopped) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America and Chopped) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK explores the origins of food words, children’s menus, and seltzer.

  • Luke Juarez

    Excepting the original TMSIDK, I deem this week’s episode both the most informative and hilarious yet.

  • Peter W. Drum

    Um, we do use a Norman French word for chicken meat: poultry.

  • Steve Shaw

    In addition to food names being the result of the influence of the snooty Normans, the “polite” terms for our body products are Norman as well: perspiration, urine, feces, etc.. While the old Anglo-Saxon terms for these things (and we all know them so you can fill them in) are considered crude.