Food: Fact Or Fiction

July 2018
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Season 2 Episode 4 - Power Couples

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Michael McKean takes a look at how some favourite food combinations got hitched. He traces the origins of peanut butter and jelly to the trenches of the Second World War, sees how spaghetti and meatballs went from Italy to America and finds out if chicken and waffles met after a late-night jazz set.
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Season 2 Episode 3 - Rags To Riches

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Host Michael McKean takes a look at how some favourite foods went from paupers to princes. He looks at lobster's prison past, whether creme brulee was always the cream of the crop, and if champagne's fizz almost burst its bubble.
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Season 2 Episode 2 - Hole In One

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Host Michael McKean shares the 'hole' story of everyone's favourite middle-missing baked goods. See if donuts helped bring about the end of the First World War, if the secret to New York bagels lies in the city's water and how bundt cakes went from headlining brunch to saving lives.
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Season 2 Episode 1 - Some Like It Hot

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Host Michael McKean cranks up the heat on food myths, discovering who invented chili, if hot wings bond people closer together and if "spicy" is just in our heads. Grab the oven mitts and plenty of ice-water to find out if there's truth in these five-alarm facts.
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Season 1 Episode 6 - Hungry For Love

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Michael McKean digs into the heart of food and love. Chocolate and romance go hand in hand, but is this love affair really backed up by chemistry? Couples today can't tie the knot without saying "I do" to their dream wedding cake, but did this tradition actually begin with a baguette? There's nothing like keeping the spark alive by sharing some sensual oysters with your sweetheart, but are oysters really an aphrodisiac? We get the dish on our favourite romantic recipes and find out if it's rea...
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Season 1 Episode 5 - Breakfast

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Michael McKean reveals the truth behind the most important meal of the day. From coffee to pancakes to bacon, we'll find out how some sneaky marketing ploys and acts of sin have shaped what we eat for breakfast in America. Does coffee really stunt your growth? Is the recipe for flapjacks rooted in sin? We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but who said that and is it really true? Get ready to wake up and smell the facts as we discover how our morning meals have come to ta...
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Season 1 Episode 4 - Taste Of War

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Michael McKean puts food on the frontlines of wars and discover how some of history's most epic battles were decided by what we eat. Did Frozen Dinners save the world in the Second World War? Were hamburgers invented on the battlefield? Did the South lose the Civil War because of salt? Dig into some fascinating food fights and discover how appetites have shaped the world's most critical battles.
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Season 1 Episode 3 - Passports, Please!

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Michael McKean takes a trip around the food globe to find out where some of the most popular international dishes were really born. French Fries are fried, but are they really French? Pizza and Italy go together like cheese and pepperoni, but can the Italians really claim pizza as their own? And no Chinese meal is complete until you crack open that fortune cookie, but was this crunchy treat really invented in China? We get to the bottom of some shocking food origin stories and uncover the hidde...
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Season 1 Episode 2 - What's For Dessert?

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Michael McKean indulges in the best part of every meal: Dessert. From cake to pie to banana splits, these favourite desserts are baked with rich stories that have shaped America in extraordinary ways. Travel back in time to find out how cake gave rise to democracy in America, and discover the sweet truth about why ice cream topped with syrup is called a sundae.
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Season 1 Episode 1 - Doctor's Note

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Host Michael McKean explores age-old adages and uncovers fascinating food mysteries that are baked inside everything we eat. In this episode, he uncovers the truth behind America's most popular food remedies. Do carrots really improve our eyesight? Can a bowl of chicken soup cure a stuffy nose? And does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? We dig up some mind-boggling history to find out if these age-old adages are true.
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