FP17: Intoxicating, Scandalous Vanilla

FP17: Intoxicating, Scandalous Vanilla

Forget every rumor you’ve ever heard that vanilla is bland, boring or otherwise uninteresting — the Vanilla Queen, Patricia Rain (owner of The Vanilla.COMpany), is here to tell us why those characteristics are exactly wrong. Not only is it one of the most difficult plants to grow, but vanilla also has a sordid past — and one that might surprise you, for it isn’t just the little bean’s intoxicating, titillating scent that makes it so expensive.

Patricia Rain’s books, The Vanilla Chef and Vanilla: The Cultural History of the World’s Favorite Flavor and Fragrance are available in the Gilded Fork Boutique.


Special Segment: Sweet Indulgence
It’s time to share your favorite guilt-free indulgence with us and our friends at A Life Much Sweeter. (And remember, in Jennifer’s house, all indulgence is guilt-free…)

Theme Music: Super Hot Lady Cop by Beau Hall, Grapes by Evan Stone

The Food Philosophy podcast is a production of The Gilded Fork.