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We take America's Test Kitchen's inquisitive and relentless approach to telling unexpected, funny, and thought-provoking narratives about food and drink. This is not a recipe show. And this is not a show about celebrity chefs or what they like to eat. Proof plunges into history, culture, science, and the psyche to uncover the hidden backstories that feed your food-obsessed brain. A production of America's Test Kitchen.

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We take America's Test Kitchen's inquisitive and relentless approach to telling unexpected, funny, and thought-provoking narratives about food and drink. This is not a recipe show. And this is not a show about celebrity chefs or what they like to eat. Proof plunges into history, culture, science, and the psyche to uncover the hidden backstories that feed your food-obsessed brain. A production of America's Test Kitchen.

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English

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Episodes
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100 Proof: From 100 to Zero Proof (Episode 6)

7/11/2024
The cocktail emerges from the dark ages and enters the modern era. In this episode: We meet more innovative mixologists pushing the bounds of what a cocktail can be. And we'll explore the latest installment in the cocktail's long evolution: the zero proof movement. What should you be looking for when buying non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails? Check out our review of Non-Alcoholic Spirits and Cocktails. Further Reading: "After DUI, she quit drinking and opened a bar" by Alexa Juliana Ard, Washington Post "AN INTERVIEW WITH AQXYL STORMS, OWNER OF MINUS MOONSHINE" by Sam Bail, Third Place Bar blog A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails (Edited by David Wondrich & Noah Rothbaum) See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:27:49

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100 Proof: The Dark Ages (Episode 5)

7/3/2024
The 1950s to the 1990s are often dubbed as the cocktail's Dark Ages where drinks like Long Island Iced Teas and Midori Sours reined supreme. The drinks from this time are often reviled or ridiculed, but they made important contributions to cocktail history, too. In this episode: How TGI Fridays, Madonna, and the Cosmopolitan helped define this era of the American cocktail. Further Reading: A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson "1970s Ockctails & Disco Drinks" Difford's Guide "History of the Nightclub" American Nightlife Association "How TGI Fridays Has Influenced Modern Craft Cocktail Culture" in The Thrillist by Kevin Alexander Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters by Derek Brown with Robert Yule Straight Up or on the Rocks: The story of the American cocktail by William Grimes "TGI Fridays Was Once The Hottest Bar In America—What Happened?" in Delish by Hannah Selinger "The Legacy of Joe Baum" in Edible Manhattan by Nancy Matsumoto The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails (Edited by David Wondrich & Noah Rothbaum) "The Soviet Union Paid Pepsi With Vodka and Warships in Decades-Long Barter" in Vinepair by Ashlie Hughes (Illustrated by Gerry Selian) "This is the Story of the Rainbow Room" in Punch by Joshua David Stein See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:30:00

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100 Proof: Prohibition (Episode 4)

6/27/2024
Was Prohibition really the Gilded Age utopia that it's made out to be? In this episode: Cocktail innovation happening in unlikely places under unlikely circumstances. We feature the Bees Knees and the Bloody Mary. Further Reading: A Spiritous Journey by Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller "A Study of the Great Immoralities: Saloons in Chicago Before WWI" Ohio State University "Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin" The Mob Museum Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes From a Bootlegger's Manual by Matthew Rowley Prohibition's Greatest Myths: The Distilled Truth About America's Anti-Alcohol Crusade, Edited by Michael Lewis & Richard F. Hamm Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition by Mark Lawrence Schrad "The Dangers of Common Ownership in an Uncommon Industry" by Jessica Starns Attorney At Law, LLC "The FBI and the American Gangster, 1924-1938" The Federal Bureau of Investigation "The Man in the Green Hat" The United States Senate See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:26:08

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100 Proof: The Golden Age of Cocktails (Episode 3)

6/20/2024
How did the Industrial Revolution, immigration--and maybe Winston Churchill's mother--give rise to the Golden Age of cocktails in America? We explore the story of the Martini, the Manhattan, and the Daiquiri. Make yourself a cool Gin Martini with our customizable recipe. Further Reading: A Spirituous Journey: A History of Drink by Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller Difford's Guide for Discerning Drinkers Imbibe! by David Wondrich Rise of Industrial America, 1876 to 1900, Library of Congress SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY DIGITAL EXHIBITS Spirits, Sugar, Water,Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World by Derek Brown with Robert Yule "The First American Hotels," JSTOR by Livia Gershon The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail with Recipes by Philip Greene The New Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails edited by David Wondrich & Noah Rothbaum "This influential Cuban bartender wants to preserve the elegant tradition of the island’s cantineros" Washington Post by M. Carrie Allan See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:30:58

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Buy Me Some Biryani and Cracker Jacks

6/6/2024
The Cricket World Cup started this week, and fans in New York are celebrating the wickets, the fast bowlers, and biryani. How did the rice dish become the meal of the match? Journalist Kunwar Khuldune Shahid reports. (100 Proof will be back on June 20.) Make Biryani at home with our tested recipe. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:27:40

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100 Proof: The Dawn of the American Cocktail (Episode 2)

5/30/2024
Where does the word "cocktail" come from? Who invented it? We explore these questions and the backstories of two drinks from America's early days as a nation: The Mint Julep and the Sazerac. (Special thanks to Joe Gitter and Yiorgos Tsivranidis for their voice acting in this episode.) Try making our Mint Julep and Sazerac recipes at home! Further Reading: "A Brief History of Bitters" Smithsonian Magazine by Peter Smith Difford's Guide for Discerning Drinkers Drink & Learn "The Ice King was a Tudor" Wall Street Journal by Eric Felten Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice - Cocktails from Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin "NEW ORLEANS: A TIMELINE OF ECONOMIC HISTORY" Tulane University by Richard Campanella The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails (Edited by David Wondrich & Noah Rothbaum) Travels of four years and a half in the United States of America by John Davis Whenham Great Pond by John C. Phillips from The Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts "Who Is the Real Father of the Cocktail?" The Daily Beast by Philip Greene See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:36:53

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100 Proof: It Wasn't Always Like This (Episode 1)

5/23/2024
This week, we kick off Proof's first-ever miniseries. Episode 1 explores how we got to our modern cocktail renaissance. Why were cocktails in the 90s and early 2000s shells of the well-crafted drinks we see today? It took a renegade group of bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts to resurrect drinks from the cocktail's heyday. Hosted by Cook's Country Editor-in-Chief Toni Tipton-Martin, and reported by Proof's managing producer, Yumi Araki. Looking for a new cocktail shaker? We've tested over a dozen types to find the best options that will fit your home bar. Further Reading: A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson Difford's Guide for Discerning Drinkers Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice - Cocktails from Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin Straight Up or On the Rocks - The Story of the American Cocktail by William Grimes Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up - Ted Saucier "The born-in-Detroit cocktail that has spawned countless variations," Washington Post by M. Carrie Allan The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist by Dale DeGroff The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails (Edited by David Wondrich & Noah Rothbaum) Special thanks to the following recording studios: Brooklyn Podcasting Studio Signature Sound Studios See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:34:48

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Introducing 100 Proof: Our Miniseries on the American Cocktail

5/13/2024
Even before the Stone Age, our ancestors were thinking about what happens when we combine one flavor with another, both in the primordial kitchen and behind the prehistoric bar. Fast-forward to today, and the carefully crafted cocktail is all around us. But what if we told you it wasn’t always this way? Welcome to Proof's first-ever miniseries: 100 Proof: The Journey of the American Cocktail. Over six episodes, we’ll look at the rise and fall--and subsequent resurgence--of the American cocktail, and contemplate what forces led to our modern cocktail renaissance. We'll also share some recipes along the way. Hosted by Cook's Country Editor-In-Chief Toni Tipton-Martin, and reported by Proof's managing producer, Yumi Araki. Episode 1 drops May 23. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:03:09

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The Unavoidable Ingredient

5/2/2024
Can saliva change the way our food tastes? Does it affect our cooking? In our Season 16 finale, reporter Jacklyn Kim digs into the unexpected ingredient that we end up adding to every meal. Proof will be back later in May with a 6-part miniseries on the history of cocktails! Until then, stimulate your taste buds and break out the cast iron with the Test Kitchen recipe for Cast Iron Margherita Pizza. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:36:00

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A (Wooly) Mammoth of A Meal

4/25/2024
In 1951, the Explorer's Club hosted an extravagant banquet that had 250,000-year-old woolly mammoth on the menu. The dinner raised eyebrows back then as it does now. What does it mean to seek out "exotic" foods? Why do we do it? And was it really wooly mammoth that was on the menu? Reporter Doug Mack digs in. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:34:00

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The River That Feeds Us

4/18/2024
We're headed to the riverbanks of the Magdalena River to experience a Colombian tradition of eating stew, called the paseo de olla. Journalist Camilo Garzón shares how the mighty river and the stew have been at the center of Colombia's past and present. Hear more of Camilo's work at Cuentero Productions. Invite some friends over to enjoy Colombia's signature three-meat stew, Sancocho at home with our tested recipe. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:21

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Boycotting Your Favorite Food

4/11/2024
What happens when you have to boycott your favorite food? Reporter Makepeace Sitlhou travels to her home to North East India to confront this reality with her favorite dish: The Manipuri Thali. Heads up: This episode includes descriptions of violence. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:33:47

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It’s All Greek Salad to Me

4/4/2024
We kick off Season 16 with a new episode that traces Horiatiki, or the Greek salad's journey from Athens to American tables. Our reporter digs into how tax evasion shaped the humble Horiatiki, and how a star ingredient wasn't incorporated until much later than you might think. Check our top picks for Feta Cheese to make your own Horiatiki at home. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:33

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Conan O'Brien on Your Mama’s Kitchen Podcast

3/27/2024
Before we return next week with new episodes of Proof, we're sharing an episode of Your Mama’s Kitchen, a podcast about cuisine and culture, ingredients and identities, and the meals and memories that make us who we are. In this episode, host Michele Norris interviews TV’s funniest redhead, Conan O’Brien. The comedian talks about how he first learned to be funny at the kitchen table. We also learn about why Halloween is his favorite holiday, and he reveals his favorite childhood meal: fried ham. Learn more about Your Mama’s Kitchen here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:05

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From The Sporkful: ANYTHING'S PASTABLE

3/21/2024
This week, we're bringing you the first episode from a new, four-part series from our friends at The Sporkful. Host Dan Pashman shares the inside story of creating his first cookbook, Anything’s Pastable — from the highs and lows of recipe testing, to a research trip across Italy, to the agonizing decisions over the design of the cover. By the end, you'll never look at a cookbook the same way again. Episode 2 is available in The Sporkful feed right now! See if Dan is visiting a city near you on his tour of book signings and live podcast tapings with special guests. And follow Dan on Instagram to see photos and videos from the Anything’s Pastable journey! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:03

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Award Winners: Should I Get My Lobster High?

3/14/2024
We wrap up awards season with our Signal Award-Winning episode that asks: Will hot-boxing a lobster before it's cooked alleviate its pain? Science reporter Sarah Vitak takes us to a lobster shack in Maine to find out. Bring a taste of Maine home and make your own New England Lobster Rolls. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription at atkpodcast.com See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:23

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Award Winners: Sakura and the Wild Boars

3/7/2024
Author Hannah Kirshner takes us on a captivating journey into the woods of rural Japan alongside boar hunter, Sakura Yoshida. In our IACP Award-winning episode, Hannah shares her experience and the history of meat eating in Japan. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:52:04

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Award Winners: Navigating Blindness at the Supermarket

2/29/2024
Reporter Jason Strother shows us what it’s like to navigate the supermarket while visually impaired. Listen to our Signal award-winning episode to learn what a more navigable world might be like. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription at atkpodcast.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:32

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Award Winners: The Drink that Wouldn't Die

2/22/2024
Chartreuse, a beloved liqueur among bartenders, defies the test of time. We recount the history of this drink that wouldn't die in our 2022 IACP Award-Winning episode on this potent elixir created by Carthusian Monks. Ready to shake or stir? Read our Review Team's recommendations for best cocktail shakers. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription at atkpodcast.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:28

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Award Winners: Raiders of the Lost Yeast

2/15/2024
The plan: To extract dormant yeast from the nooks and crannies of ancient Egyptian pots stored in the vaults of the world’s most prestigious museums and bake bread with it. Can it be done? Find out on this week’s episode from our archives. (New episodes will be back in April!) Make your own sourdough loaf at home (without the need for ancient yeast!) with our fail-proof recipe. Get a 14-day free trial for an America’s Test Kitchen digital subscription at atkpodcast.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:49:09