Eureka! Food and love

Three Mizzou alumni explain how knowledge of food can win over a love interest, preserve a family's heritage and protect the health of a community.

Our latest episode of Eureka! focuses on food and love — how food can help you find love, how sharing food can be an act of love. Mizzou alumnus and professional foodie Theo Hahn gives tips on on how to woo a love interest with a well-planned meal. Mizzou alumna and professor of food writing Nina Furstenau explores the role food plays in our family and cultural identity and shares stories on the love cooked into Indian meals in her small-town Kansas childhood home. Rural sociologist Anne Cafer, a Mizzou alumna and University of Mississippi professor, talks about how witnessing and combatting food insecurity fed her love of a community in rural Ethiopia — and changed her life forever.

The University of Missouri podcast Eureka! explores real science, real discovery and real life at Mizzou and around the world. In each episode, we share stories culled from the experiences and accomplishments of Mizzou science and humanities researchers as well as students, alumni and community members.

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Meet the Experts

Theo Hahn Theo Hahn, who studied journalism at Mizzou in the 1990s, writes a food blog, organizes food events and launched his own line of hot sauce called The Wrath of Hahn.

Nina Furstenau Nina Furstenau, BJ '84, is a professor of food writing at the University of Missouri and the author of the food and travel memoir Biting Through the Skin.

Anne Cafer Anne Cafer earned a doctorate in rural sociology from Mizzou and now is an assistant sociology professor at the University of Mississippi.

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