If you think about food and cooking as much as we do, you should probably be listening to food podcasts too. Perfect for killing time in the car or on the train when what you really want to be doing is whipping up a hot, hearty sandwich or tracking down a birthday cake croissant, these podcasts will help you learn more about your favorite restaurants, chefs, and dishes. At the least, giving one a listen will make you a more knowledgeable dinner party guest; at best, they’ll satiate your hunger for all things culinary. Scroll on for our favorites.
1. KCRW’s Good Food: Based in LA, this podcast is riveting no matter where in the country you live. From the inner workings of our food system, to the impact of immigration on food culture, to the exploration of seasonal ingredients, these are topics you’ll want to tune in for.
2. The Splendid Table: The Splendid Table has been on the air for more than 20 years, and you can tell. Featuring interviews with renowned chefs and cookbook authors, a call-in section where the host answers listeners’ cooking questions, and investigations into foods from around the world, this podcast will give you some of your best cooking inspo.
3. Special Sauce: Each episode is a discussion between NYC food guru Ed Levine of Serious Eats and a famous chef, where they dish about the nitty gritty of the food business and what it takes to make it in such a competitive industry. Past guests have included Jacques Torres, Mario Batali, Fuchsia Dunlop, Barbara Lynch, and more of the biggest names in the culinary world.
4. Gravy: Created by the Southern Foodways Alliance, Gravy explores different aspects of life and culture in the American South through the lens of food. Learn about the history of your favorite foods and discover how they’re evolving, and uncover a picture of the South you never knew existed.
5. Burnt Toast: Brought to you by Food52, this podcast features James Beard Award-nominated host and producer Kenzi Wilbur and others discussing fascinating food-related topics, from the history of margarine to the origin of the slipping on a banana peel gag. Episodes usually clock in at under 30 minutes, so they’re just right when you don’t have much time.
6. Radio Cherry Bombe: If you’re tired of only hearing from the men in the food industry, put Cherry Bombe Radio at the top of your podcast list. In each episode host Kerry Diamond, the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe magazine, interviews the most interesting and creative women in the food biz.
7. Spilled Milk: This podcast from a hilarious duo of acclaimed food writers is sure to lighten things up. Since episodes are only about 20 minutes each, you can listen to several when you’re stuck in traffic.
8. A Taste of the Past: Foodies who are also history buffs won’t want to miss A Taste of the Past from Heritage Radio Network. It explores ancient foods and foodways, and will teach you how the way our ancestors ate is still affecting the food we put on our tables today.
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