Proof is a new podcast from America’s Test Kitchen, hosted by Bridget Lancaster. It goes beyond recipes and cooking to investigate the foods we love (such as deep-fried oreos and tiki drinks) and don’t love (like once-in-vogue celery and the meteoric rise of the grain bowl). We ask the big questions (where do food cravings come from?) and uncover the hidden backstories that feed your food-obsessed brain. Proof solves food mysteries, one story at a time.

New episodes air weekly on Thursdays.



S2:E11 | 8.15.2019

Can You Get Drunk Off Kombucha?

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: How much kombucha would it take to get you drunk?


S2:E10 | 8.8.2019

Is Cereal Soup?

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: Is cereal soup?


S2:E9 | 8.1.2019

Why Does OJ Taste Bad After Using Toothpaste?

In these bonus episodes, we try to answer your weird food questions. This week: Why are some flavor pairings divine (chocolate + coffee) and others horrible (orange juice after toothpaste)?


S2:E8 | 7.18.2019

The Plan to Kill the Chinese Restaurant

Chinese restaurants are an essential part of the American landscape. But a century ago, they were almost extinguished by an organized effort to wipe out Chinese eateries altogether.


S2:E7 | 7.11.2019

The Pretty Big Problem of Ugly Food

"Ugly Food" subscription boxes propose to solve a very big problem: nearly half of all the food produced in the United States is being wasted. But will delivering a box of three-legged carrots and misshapen squash really address the root causes of food waste?


S2:E6 | 6.27.2019

The Quest for Mystic Makgeolli

Makgeolli is a traditional and complex brew that’s little known outside of Korea and widely misunderstood within the country. Can a new generation of brewers revive the lost art of the "true" Makgeolli?


S2:E5 | 6.20.2019

The OGs of America's Oranges

Every California navel orange you've ever eaten can be traced back to two trees in the front yard of Eliza Tibbet's Riverside, California home. This is the little known story of how an amateur farmer with utopian dreams launched an entire industry.


S2:E4 | 6.13.2019

Hidden Valley Wine

Great wine begins with high quality grapes, careful fermentation, deft blending techniques, and, in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, a group of puritanical Russian immigrants called the "molokans."


S2:E3 | 6.6.2019


The snakehead fish is an invasive species that’s been plaguing the Potomac river system for nearly two decades. Can turning this monster into a local delicacy save the Potomac?


S2:E2 | 5.30.2019

Welcome to the Microbiome

Probiotics are everywhere, and heralded as the miracle cure to everything from indigestion to mood disorders. But do they really do anything?


S2:E1 | 5.23.2019

Who Killed the Miracle Berry?

In the 1970s, the Miracle Berry was poised to become the sugar replacement of choice. So why haven't you heard of it?


S2:E1 | 5.2.2019

Season 2 Starts May 23rd

An FDA conspiracy, an invasive species threatening our waterways, and an emerging wine region that shouldn't work. If you thought Season 1 changed the way you thought about food, stay tuned. Season 2 of *Proof* starts May 23rd.


Meet our Team

Bridget Lancaster - Host and Producer

Host and Producer

Bridget Lancaster

Bridget Lancaster hosts and produces Proof. She’s also the Co-Host of the company’s two Emmy-nominated television shows, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.

Kaitlin Keleher - Executive Producer

Executive Producer

Kaitlin Keleher

Kaitlin Keleher is the Executive Producer of Proof and Supervising Producer of the Emmy-nominated television shows, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.

Jack Bishop - Chief Creative Officer

Chief Creative Officer

Jack Bishop

Jack Bishop is the Chief Creative Officer of America's Test Kitchen. He helped launch Cook's Illustrated in 1993 and is a founding editor of Cook's Country magazine and the company's book publishing division.

Sara Joyner - Producer


Sara Joyner

Sara Joyner is the Producer of Proof, as well as the company's two television shows, America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country.

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