The Food Guys


4/6/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon offer tips for making buttermilk pancakes. Flour, leavening, liquid, and a little bit of sugar are the basics, with two parts dry to three parts liquid ingredients. .


Mar 28, 2014

3/30/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg discuss vanilla, one of the most identifiable aromas in the world. "Vanilla" is a perfume, a flavoring agent, the pod of a tropical Meso-American orchid, an extract and a paste. It's not to be confused with synthetic vanillin, the widespread, inexpensive flavoring.

Chris Spooner

3/23/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon go on for some time about the physiology of taste, and the Silicon Valley of eating.


Mar 14, 2014
Marina Vladivostok

3/16/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg react to a Wall Street Journal article from April 2013, "New Health Worry in Red Meat," by Melinda Beck. (The article reports on the findings of a recent NIH study linking gut bacteria and carnitine to the formation of a metabolite called TMAO.

Hidden World Underfoot: Soil Biodiversity

Mar 7, 2014
European Soil Portal, E.U.

3/9/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon marvel at the diverse population of animals found in soil, and how they languish in microscopic obscurity even while Earth's food web depends on them.

Molten chocolate fudge cake, filled with marzipan, then covered in chocolate, almonds and more fudge-covered marzipan.
Flickr user, Vegan Feast Catering (CC BY 2.0)

Food Guys Greg Patent and Jon Jackson explore candy-making, caramelization, and the chemistry of cooking with sugar.

Soufflé Photos

Feb 14, 2014
Alpha from Melbourne

February 16th, 2014: Jon and Greg reveal the secrets to artfully photographing soufflés. (Hint: you'll need a lot of soufflés.)

Gluten, In-Depth

Feb 7, 2014
U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, Western Regional Research Center

February 9th, 2014: Greg and Jon describe the "magic" of gluten, which gives yeast bread its structure, strength and texture. One of gluten's proteins, gliadin, acts like hooked tennis balls, latching onto another protein, the spring-like glutenin. As bread dough is kneaded, this pair of proteins combines to provide both elastic and plastic qualities; the dough expands and forms long, elastic strands; and, when it's baked, bubbles of carbon dioxide produced by yeast are trapped by the dough's structure.

Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It Or Not

Jan 31, 2014
MRE Depot

February 2nd, 2014: Jon and Greg reiterate their skepticism regarding "gluten-free" marketing by food manufacturers. In the absence of data on the prevalence of non-Celiac gluten sensitivity in the U.S., Greg observes, this condition is: "less a diagnosis than a description." Jon and Greg also discuss the evolutionary relationship between humans and gluten, particularly gliadin, one of gluten's components.

Healthy School Lunches

Jan 24, 2014
Mark A. Hicks, illustrator, for Discovery Education

January 26th, 2014: Greg and Jon summarize an article from the Los Angles Times from January 17th, 2013, titled: "Alliance of big city school districts aims for more healthful meals." Quoting writer Teresa Watanabe: