Michael McKean traces the origins of multi-colored macarons to some nuns on the run. Also, he reveals that a rainbow bagel may be a logo for love and finds out that a colorful counterculture put the "smooth" in a smoothie.
Michael McKean studies the shapes of some favorite foods. He discovers that a pasta's figure is hiding a culinary code; that the pattern on a pineapple may unlock the mysteries of the universe; and that a chocolate's shape can transform its taste.
Michael McKean sounds off on how a little sizzle can sell a lot of Fajitas and why noodles should be slurped like their taste depends on it. And when it comes time to order, loud noise could land one in burger heaven.
Michael McKean gets the scoop on favorite take-out dishes. He discovers that pad thai may have saved an entire nation, that pizza delivery is fit for a queen, and that General Tso was anything but a chicken.
Michael McKean dives into the most holy recipe book of all time: The Bible. He finds out which fish Jesus picked to feed the 5000, whether the Last Supper was a buffet blowout, and that reading the bible might actually be a piece of almond spice cake.
Michael McKean finds the reasoning for the seasoning in some sweet holiday treats. Included: the mystery behind how Gingerbread Men turned into studs; how Hanukkah was given the gift of Jelly Donuts; and how drama shaped Christmas Cookies into stars of the stage.
Michael McKean gets the scoop on some famous dishes that were named after actual people. He finds out that Bananas Foster was created out of corruption; and that the Caesar Salad started a family feud.
Host Michael McKean sorts out the problematic pedigrees of some of our favorite foods. Included: if German chocolate cake is iced with a grammatical error; if the real father of the French dip will please stand up; and if English muffins were spawned from some star-spangled batter.
Michael McKean figures out why some classic culinary combos are a match made in heaven. He discovers that grilled cheese and tomato soup found love at a school cafeteria; and that our brains are wired to crave peanut butter and chocolate.
Michael McKean uncovers the facts behind some of the world's most notable edible emergencies. He discovers how a large blackout in New York City led to the decadent Blackout Cake, that Tapioca pudding is useless for putting out fires, and how a wave of molasses nearly broke Boston.
Featured are a few sacred foods for special events. Host Michael McKean finds out why some people are handing out cake instead of candy on Halloween. Then, McKean discovers that Valentine's Day candy hearts were once used as medicine. Later, he figures out whether corned beef can really bring Irish luck on St. Patrick's Day.