Mastication Nation - A Food Podcast Without The Fuss.



A podcast covering everything that's great about food without all the fuss. Each episode we pick a food, in alphabetical order, and give it the love it deserves. Brought to you by the team behind the award-winning online travel show Attaché, Mastication Nation is the food podcast for those of you who don't mind getting a little messy when you eat.


  • Indonesia!

    05/07/2021 Duração: 01h09min

    We're *really* pushing it by trying to cram all of Indonesia's deliciousness into an hour long episode. But we tried. With staples like satay and nasi goreng to the definition of Fresh, Gado Gado, Indonesia is bursting with flavours that are familiar and exciting at the same time. Dig in!

  • Hong Kong!

    07/06/2021 Duração: 01h07min

    How could H be anything but our beloved and precious Hong Kong. It doesn't hurt that Hong Kong is one of the richest food cities in the world. So much to talk about. Dim sum, roast goose, milk tea, and much more. A delicious episode all round. 

  • Guatemala!

    24/05/2021 Duração: 01h05min

    We open with a bang on this one, you don't want to miss it. A reasonably mysterious and uncharted country for most of us, Guatemala is complex but hugely important in food history. Home to one of the most enduring foods ever created by human hands, Guatemala is a truly fascinating country. 

  • Finland!

    10/05/2021 Duração: 01h04s

    "Finland, Finland, Finland. The country where I like to be. Pony trekking or camping...or just watching TV." What more needs to be said about Finland that hasn't already been said by Monty Python? Lots, actually. Like drinking hallucinogenic reindeer piss. Intrigued? Have a listen...

  • Ethiopia!

    14/04/2021 Duração: 01h09min

    Our first African episode of the new season, and what a great introduction to the continent. Ethiopia is fascinating on just about every level, especially its food. A lot of misconceptions to clear up to start with but then we dive into the deliciousness of Ethiopian cuisine, some etiquette, and we spend time on the delights of Ethiopian homebrew. 

  • Dubai!

    22/03/2021 Duração: 01h03min

    Ok yes we're cheating a little bit with this one but Dubai's larger-than-life persona can reasonably warrant its own episode, especially when you hear what deliciousness can be found there. A complex and layered place, Dubai is a magnet for local, regional, and international foods of every shape and size. Also you get to hear Will try to say "cheers" in Arabic. That alone is worth a listen. 

  • Croatia!

    10/03/2021 Duração: 58min

    Have you ever met anyone who's been to Croatia and didn't like it? No of course you haven't because they don't exist. Blessed with hundreds of miles of coastline, productive arable land, and generations of food production prowess, Croatia is home to some of the best food in the world. AND WE'RE GOING TO EAT ALL OF IT!

  • Belgium!

    22/02/2021 Duração: 01h03s

    For a country that hasn't existed (at least officially) for very long, Belgium has made a massive contribution to our global kitchen. Beer, fries, chocolate, waffles and more...pound for pound, Belgium is bringing a lot to the table. (Get it? Table? Food? Brilliant.)

  • Australia!

    08/02/2021 Duração: 01h07s

    A pint of Fosters and a Bloomin' Onion, right? WRONG. So many stereotypes, so many hidden gems. Australia is packed with great food inspired by its incredibly diverse population. Dive in and bust some food myths about the Land Down Under. 

  • We're Back!

    26/01/2021 Duração: 01h03s

    We're going to pretend like 2020 didn't happen. So it's only been 3 months since our last episode, not 15 (!). But a lot has changed in those intervening months and we're excited to be back in the saddle. A new season brings a new format. Check out the episode to learn more about this all-new trip through the culinary alphabet. 

  • EP028 - Z is for "We Made it!"

    18/10/2019 Duração: 01h05min

    We finally got there, once round the horn! It only took us a few years but we got there in the end. In this episode we look back on what we enjoyed over the summer, our favourite cookbooks, the "fake" food revolution, and more.

  • EP027 - Y is for YYZ! (Or...Surrender pronto or we'll level Toronto!)

    12/07/2019 Duração: 55min

    The "lost episode" episode. We re-recorded our Toronto episode because the city needs an episode to itself. One of the most diverse cities on earth, Toronto's food scene is unbelievable.

  • Episode X - The Lost Episode

    01/07/2019 Duração: 59min

    Alex and GREG...yes, Greg, graciously filling in for Will, talk about the best and worst foods they've discovered during their filming of 40 episodes of Attaché.

  • EP026 - W is for WHISK(E)Y! (Or...Does whiskey count as beer?)

    08/05/2019 Duração: 01h04min

    We barely scratch the surface of this complex and fascinating subject but thanks to special guest Chris Ratcliffe (and Will's educated enthusiasm)we unlock a few of its secrets. Like why *is* it spelled differently in different regions? How do you pick a whiskey you'll enjoy? Why is Japanese whisky running out?

  • EP025 - V is for VINEGAR! (Or...remind me to get my my brain flushed out with vinegar.)

    17/04/2019 Duração: 01h59s

    Vinegar. On the face of it, not the most appetising of subjects but there's a lot to love about this ancient potion. So many uses, so many varietals...but is Will wrong to not like malt vinegar? Alex thinks so but do you? Listen in for that and much more.

  • EP024 - U is for UMAMI! (Or...Don't scoop me gelato unless it's got umami.)

    21/03/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    Umami. The "latest" taste to be discovered and codified but one that we just couldn't live without. Weaponised as a way to beat poor nutrition, instead it was vilified in the West. A lively and sometimes controversial debate in this episode - join in!

  • EP023 - T is for TACOS! (Or...adequate sustenance for the Doctor Who marathon.)

    21/02/2019 Duração: 01h11min

    *sigh* Could there be a more wonderful food on this, our glorious earth? No. No is the answer. Tacos have a long and storied (and delicious) history which we explore in this episode. Plus we settle the age-old question of whether a crispy taco is actually a taco.

  • Ep022 - S is for Supplies (or...There, there. I think your grilled crayon sandwich was delicious.)

    10/01/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    What do you need in a kitchen vs what's a total waste of time and money? What's the most effective way to dismember oneself in a common household kitchen? What's the best gadget money can buy? We explore the absolute must-have kitchen supplies in this episode of Mastication Nation.

  • Ep021 - R is for Ramen (or...shut up, man! I'm making me ramen noodles!)

    20/12/2018 Duração: 01h11min

    Described by ramen expert Brian MacDuckston as an "everyman's food" Ramen is one of the most universally adored dishes on earth. It's a big, complicated, nuanced topic but we dive in with both feet as this is a food that is worth celebrating.

  • Ep020 - Q is for QUICHE! ( that a pie or a quiche?)

    29/11/2018 Duração: 58min

    Quiche. Is it the champion of all brunch foods or baked rubbery egg in damp pastry? The factions are clear in the episode but what do YOU think. We also discover the world's best pizza, taste some great beer from Glen Affric Brewery, and get some real talk from an 8 year old quiche aficionado.

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