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What's the Best Food For Throwing?

March  8, 2018

Our Burnt Toast podcast is back! Tune in to the first episode of our third season, brought to you by Panera Bread.

Was it anyone else’s childhood fantasy to stand on a cafeteria table and announce the beginning of a food fight with all the might their pint-sized lungs could allow? No? Just me? Well, if you agree, then you’re in for a treat. If not, well, stick along anyways because I think you might be treated as well. The first episode of our Burnt Toast Podcast's third season is here and it’s all about food fights!

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Yep, you read that right. In our third season’s inaugural episode, host Michael Harlan Turkell delves deep into the history of people flinging food at each other. And he's not talking about a puny mess hall food skirmish either. These are food fights on a massive scale. They’re big, like 50,000 people drenched in the juice of thousands of tomatoes big. As it turns out the history of throwing food is a pretty rich one and spans continents—centuries, even—and what may seem like an antiquated practice actually has a lot of contemporary continuities.

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Why throw food? What food throws best? Who is best at throwing food and why? The answers to all these questions—and more!—just might be answered. So tune in!

Food52's Burnt Toast podcast chases food world stories to give listeners the perfect pieces of snackable dinner-party fodder—all inside of a commute's time. You can get more information—as well as listen to our third season's inaugural episode, sponsored by Panera Bread—right here.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.


702551 March 8, 2018
The Japanese would never throw food (at least in a gratuitous entertaining way).

For them, that activity would be disrespectful and/or borderline sacrilegious.
BerryBaby March 8, 2018
The only foods I’ve ever throw are Jordan almonds (Italian wedding tradition) and rice at the bride and groom. The food fights I never understood.