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Our 10 Favorite Food Podcasts
For some ambitious foodies, reading new recipes and trying creative cuisine isn’t enough. They need their fix of food podcasts.
Some people are obsessed with food. Creating new recipes with random items from the pantry or dining at a new restaurant, however, aren’t always enough to satisfy a foodie’s thirst for culinary wisdom — sometimes you need to listen to a podcast about food as well. When your auditory appetite is in need of a snack, listen to one of these 10 tasty podcasts.
If you love Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, chances are you’ll enjoy the podcast hosted by him and fellow food enthusiast Molly Mogren. The show lives up to its cheeky name; it revolves around witty food-based conversations between the hosts and an occasional guest, covering everything from holiday foodie gift guides to discovering the best snacks in Kazakhstan.
Does your love of food extend beyond the table and into your everyday conversation? Do you ever wonder why food fads come and go, or how they tie into our identities? Dan Pashman also had these questions, and he aims to answer them in insightful commentary on how food affects our daily lives.
This podcast was created with a modern meal in mind. Those attending a dinner party typically discuss a variety of topics, which might include the ethics of food, food’s cultural meanings and the history of different cuisines. When you sit down with The Splendid Table, you feel like you’re pulling up a chair next to an old friend. With episodes like “Iconic Desserts,” which features some of the best pastry chefs of contemporary times, and “The Unexpected South,” which discusses the emergence of fried chicken in the Pacific Northwest, the show’s hosts know how to keep you entertained.
Women have traditionally held a more significant role in the kitchen. From the matriarchs of the olden days to cunning, award-winning chefs of contemporary times, Radio Cherry Bombe focuses on women and how they express themselves through food. The team behind the show and a new book of the same name creates a delightful podcast, which features interviews with celebrity guests like Martha Stewart and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan.
Food and good conversation go hand in hand. For hosts Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton of Spilled Milk, that means there’s a hefty helping of jokes delivered throughout the show. The writers/comedians discuss personal anecdotes from their food-related travels, as well as the ingredients that people love to hate, in this bite-sized half-hour-long podcast.
Over the past thousand years, much has changed in how people live, but one thing has remained constant: the need to eat. A Time and a Plate focuses on an array of topics, from how magical food was used during the Salem witch trials to uncovering the origins of the croissant in the Vienna of yesteryear.
When people think of food that’s representative of the United States, classic Southern dishes often come to mind. Gravy, created by the Southern Foodways Alliance, showcases different elements of the South’s cultural identity, and how that identity is depicted in its food. Whether the hosts are discussing what it means to eat a taco in the South or tackling “white trash cooking,” Gravy is always informative and often heartwarming.
Chemistry comes into play in the kitchen, and the team behind Gastropod knows it. This compelling show dives into different aspects of food consumption and cooking, and exposes scientific and historic elements behind why we eat what we do. Led by dynamic hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, the podcast dives into subjects like America’s fascination with cranberries on the Thanksgiving table, as well as the origin of adding vitamins to children’s meals.
Why are holiday feasts held in winter around the world? Where did the hamburger really originate, and why? Linda Pelaccio, the host of A Taste of the Past, is a culinary historian, meaning she’s an expert in looking at food through a historical lens. With each episode focusing on an intriguing part of food’s complicated, flavorful past, listeners will wrap up a listening session feeling inspired and enlightened.
Created by Heritage Radio Network, What Doesn’t Kill You examines some of the bigger-picture issues within the food industry. From finding out how some of the world’s most famous chefs handle food waste, such as in “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste with Lydia Tenaglia”, to uncovering how Schweid & Sons makes some of the best ground beef in the game in “Good Meat Takes a Bite Out of the Industrial Hide,” this podcast poses interesting questions about consumerism and the food industry.