The Sewers of Paris

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?


episode 311: All of Your Passions Together (Ep 311 - Max Miller/Tasting History)

Last week we heard from Great British Bakeoff’s Edd Kimber, and this week I’m so excited to bring you another guest whose life was touched by the show. Max Miller is the creator and host of the fantastic YouTube series Tasting History, where each week he shares a historical recipe as well as an intriguing story about the surprising origin of some food we still eat today — and occasionally have never even heard of. The series was inspired in part by historical segments that appeared on early seasons of Bakeoff, and Max never intended for it to be anything other than a fun hobby to entertain family and friends — which is why nobody was more surprised than he when it took off and shot him to YouTube fame, drawing unexpectedly on his background in musical theater and his time swinging from the rafters of a ship while playing Peter Pan.

We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this week’s newest members, Illana, Jason, and William! Visit to check out the rewards for backers.

And if you’re like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube videos for dozens of deep dives into queer moments on TV and film that changed the world. I just posted a new video about the first married gay couple on TV way back in the 1970s — and as always, Patreon backers get early ad-free access to watch.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I’m going to start regular livestreams over at — join me every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon for games and fun friendly chit chat. I’m also hosting a special Thanksgiving stream next Thursday, November 26th at 2pm pacific, and I hope you’ll pop by for that.


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