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Mastication Nation - a food podcast without the fuss.

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We're *really* pushing it by trying to cram all of Indonesia's deliciousness into an hour long episode. But we tried. With staples like satay and nasi goreng to the definition of Fresh, Gado Gado, Indonesia is bursting with flavours that are fa
How could H be anything but our beloved and precious Hong Kong. It doesn't hurt that Hong Kong is one of the richest food cities in the world. So much to talk about. Dim sum, roast goose, milk tea, and much more. A delicious episode all round. 
We open with a bang on this one, you don't want to miss it. A reasonably mysterious and uncharted country for most of us, Guatemala is complex but hugely important in food history. Home to one of the most enduring foods ever created by human ha
"Finland, Finland, Finland. The country where I like to be. Pony trekking or camping...or just watching TV." What more needs to be said about Finland that hasn't already been said by Monty Python? Lots, actually. Like drinking hallucinogenic re
Our first African episode of the new season, and what a great introduction to the continent. Ethiopia is fascinating on just about every level, especially its food. A lot of misconceptions to clear up to start with but then we dive into the del
Ok yes we're cheating a little bit with this one but Dubai's larger-than-life persona can reasonably warrant its own episode, especially when you hear what deliciousness can be found there. A complex and layered place, Dubai is a magnet for loc
Have you ever met anyone who's been to Croatia and didn't like it? No of course you haven't because they don't exist. Blessed with hundreds of miles of coastline, productive arable land, and generations of food production prowess, Croatia is ho
For a country that hasn't existed (at least officially) for very long, Belgium has made a massive contribution to our global kitchen. Beer, fries, chocolate, waffles and more...pound for pound, Belgium is bringing a lot to the table. (Get it? T
A pint of Fosters and a Bloomin' Onion, right? WRONG. So many stereotypes, so many hidden gems. Australia is packed with great food inspired by its incredibly diverse population. Dive in and bust some food myths about the Land Down Under. 
We're going to pretend like 2020 didn't happen. So it's only been 3 months since our last episode, not 15 (!). But a lot has changed in those intervening months and we're excited to be back in the saddle. A new season brings a new format. Check
We finally got there, once round the horn! It only took us a few years but we got there in the end. In this episode we look back on what we enjoyed over the summer, our favourite cookbooks, the "fake" food revolution, and more.
The "lost episode" episode. We re-recorded our Toronto episode because the city needs an episode to itself. One of the most diverse cities on earth, Toronto's food scene is unbelievable.
Alex and GREG...yes, Greg, graciously filling in for Will, talk about the best and worst foods they've discovered during their filming of 40 episodes of Attaché.
We barely scratch the surface of this complex and fascinating subject but thanks to special guest Chris Ratcliffe (and Will's educated enthusiasm)we unlock a few of its secrets. Like why *is* it spelled differently in different regions? How do
Vinegar. On the face of it, not the most appetising of subjects but there's a lot to love about this ancient potion. So many uses, so many varietals...but is Will wrong to not like malt vinegar? Alex thinks so but do you? Listen in for that and
Umami. The "latest" taste to be discovered and codified but one that we just couldn't live without. Weaponised as a way to beat poor nutrition, instead it was vilified in the West. A lively and sometimes controversial debate in this episode - j
*sigh* Could there be a more wonderful food on this, our glorious earth? No. No is the answer. Tacos have a long and storied (and delicious) history which we explore in this episode. Plus we settle the age-old question of whether a crispy taco
What do you need in a kitchen vs what's a total waste of time and money? What's the most effective way to dismember oneself in a common household kitchen? What's the best gadget money can buy? We explore the absolute must-have kitchen supplies
Described by ramen expert Brian MacDuckston as an "everyman's food" Ramen is one of the most universally adored dishes on earth. It's a big, complicated, nuanced topic but we dive in with both feet as this is a food that is worth celebrating.
Quiche. Is it the champion of all brunch foods or baked rubbery egg in damp pastry? The factions are clear in the episode but what do YOU think. We also discover the world's best pizza, taste some great beer from Glen Affric Brewery, and get so
Do not adjust your set, this is SUPPOSED to happen. We've got a double dose of P for you with a great episode on glorious Pizza. Scott Weiner from Scott's Pizza Tours joins us to talk about all that is wonderful about this universally adored fo
We've broken the space-time continuum with this one, but it was worth it! We have a special guest with us to talk about one of God's greatest creations, the hallowed butter d'peanut (or "peanut butter"). Also we talk about how a stem cell tran
We take a break from our regularly scheduled alphabetic ramblings and talk about what was great and what was terrible about food this summer. Oysters, pork scratchings, beer. The essentials. (And a lot more.)
Ah Olive Oil, that universally delicious lubricant of the Gods. Legion in its application, cherished for millennia, and available at your local gas station. How is it made, which type should you buy, is it bad for you? All this in more in the "
In this episode we take a break from our usual alphabetic ramblings to pay respects to a great man who is no longer with us. Anthony Bourdain influenced us in so many ways and his passing has left us heartbroken. So we wanted to take some time
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