While I do love my Songza* playlists, lately I’m spending more and more time listening to podcasts while I’m cooking at home, commuting to work, traveling, or cleaning around the house. I subscribe to podcasts of varying topics, but my favorite podcasts are the ones talking about food. Sometimes I’m even tuning into a food podcast while I’m power walking like a Golden Girl around Crescent Lake Park, getting inspiration for dinner while I work out.
Today I’m sharing a list of the best food podcasts streaming through my phone recently. These are my favorites, but please share what you think are the best food podcasts below! I’m always looking for a new podcast to add to the rotation, and I’d love to hear what gems you’ve found.
Lynne Rosetto Kasper has been talking food culture, history, and trends on the air every week for two decades. This is the OG food podcast. She chats with chefs, authors, and other interesting people in the food world and beyond. Lynne also regularly checks in with Jane and Michael Stern of Road Food to chat about their latest and greatest meal on the road. Contributors Melissa Clark and Patricia Jinich are great interviewers, and I’m always picking up tips for cooking at home.
Molly Wizenberg, author of the James Beard award-winning food blog Orangette and two books, and food writer Matthew Amster-Burton host this podcast and crack each other (and me!) up for a half hour. They start with a type of food or ingredient — say cherries or fruit punch — and then go off on some hilarious tangents. These two have great chemistry. You’ll be laughing out loud along with them as they discuss Indian junk food, shallots, marshmallows, and more in each single-subject episode.
Molly Gilbert, blogger at Dunk & Crumble and author of Sheet Pan Suppers, and fellow food blogger Sarah Barthelow at Little House Pantry discuss a food saying, such as “take it with a grain of salt” or “the proof is in the pudding.” Laughter and a bit of food history and etymology ensues. This appeals to the food nerd and word nerd side of me. Recently, they called up Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet!
Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam discuss food and culture with bartenders, chefs, and celebrities. This is a food podcast that extends to the entertaining side of cooking and eating. The weekly food etiquette segment with tips from famous actors are fun, and I love the segment with moments in history and a cocktail to match.
The newest one to me on this list, and it’s a fast favorite. Gravy, which comes in the form of a biweekly podcast and a quarterly, examines the evolving American South through its food. Instead of focusing on celebrated chefs and well-known cookbook authors, host Tina Antolini is telling the stories of everyday people who contribute to the region’s food culture. Their stories are interesting, vivid, and informative. Brought to you by the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Gabriel Soh chats with his food heroes about home cooking, last meals, and inspiration for dinner. Since launching in February, Soh has already built up quite the archive of conversations with people who love food, including yours truly in episode no. 20. Get to know the people behind some of your favorite food blogs and discover some new ones.
Start here: Luisa Weiss: How Travel Has Shaped Her Food Journey; Brooke Conroy Bass: An Introduction to Cajun Cooking and Food; Amy Kritzer: Learning About Jewish Cooking and Culture
I heard somewhere that this is the year of podcasts, and sure enough, I find myself frequently discovering more and more awesome podcasts. Here are a few more I just downloaded and started listening to, food-related and not:
What are your favorite podcasts?
*p.s. I first heard about Songza from an entertaining feature in Bon Appetit. It’s now my favorite way to stream music because the curated playlists are so fun. Here are some of my favorite playlists: