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The Gonzo Scientist is back and John Bohannon leads a tour through gourmet food. He samples truffles from a market in Alba and from an Italian forest while wondering about the interplay of the senses of smell and taste as well as the influence of cost. He later gets his friends to partake in a wine and pâté taste-test -- with some of the wine samples being beer and one of the pâté samples was dog food.

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