Edible Podcasts

Edible Podcasts

However much I love the Paris métro — it might surprise you to learn that actually like its smell, a special mix of metal, dust, and rubber — walking remains my favorite means of transportation around the city. It gives me the opportunity to stretch my legs, traverse favorite or unfamiliar neighborhoods, indulge in a little people-watching, and get slightly lost from time to time, which often leads to interesting discoveries.

I usually like to be alone with my thoughts, but when I wish to be entertained as I walk, I take full advantage of the technological wonders of our times and listen to podcasts on my mp3 player. And since I figured I probably wasn’t the only one to do so, I thought I would share a few favorites. (If you would like to reciprocate and share yours, the comments section is wide open!)

~ Good Food

This weekly show airs on KCRW, an NPR radio station in the Los Angeles area. It is hosted by the gracious Evan Kleiman, restaurant owner and founder of the LA Slow Food convivium, who interviews authors, food experts, and critics. It is a lively and varied show that includes local tidbits (restaurant reviews and such) but has a broad enough scope otherwise to be of interest to listeners outside Southern California.

~ Eat Feed

This one is a “pure” podcast in the sense that it was created directly for the web, and isn’t aired on any other medium. Each show is organized around one of four formats (the seasonal, the new and noteworthy, the history of food, and the vocabulary of gastronomy) and the overall approach manages to be both scholarly and engaging — a difficult balance to strike. (Note: Amy, Aun, and I were guests on their most recent show, October Rumblings, and this is how the idea for this post came about.)

~ Table à découvert (in French)

Join Caroline Mignot, a French food writer and restaurant reviewer who’s just as charming in real life as her voice would have you believe, as she visits Parisian restaurants with a hidden microphone. Her audio vignettes are short and crisp, her words clear and evocative, and if I was trying to improve my French comprehension skills, I would be happy to turn to her recordings.

~ Goûts de luxe and In Vino BFM (in French)

I am an enthusiastic listener of BFM, a French radio station that offers news and discussions on politics and economy. The interviews and debates are thought-provoking, the hosts smart and forward-thinking, and when I feel deeply discouraged about the state of this otherwise beautiful country, BFM is what helps me put the ladder and the rope back in the shed. But I digress; what I really wanted to mention was two of the weekend shows. The first one, Goûts de luxe, talks about all things upscale and luxurious: each show revolves around a timely theme, sometimes food-related and sometimes not, but whether the hosts talk about fine dining, spas, haute couture, or palaces, the tone is spirited and entertaining, with a good dose of irony. As for In Vino BFM, it focuses on wine and vintners, with segments on the history, regionality, and characteristics of different wines. Never snobbish, always accessible, it is a very good show to learn from.

~ design*sponge

The final podcast in this selection isn’t about food, but I enjoy it and I’m sure many of you will, too. Grace is the author of the awe-inspiring blog design*sponge, in which she features beautiful things that one doesn’t really need, but that one can still gape at and lust over for hours on end (don’t say I didn’t warn you). Every few weeks she interviews her favorite designers and artists, and you can hear about their work, their vision, and their aspirations on her podcast.

  • Becky

    what we really need is a Clotilde walking around Paris podcast that we can use to follow in your footsteps!

  • pitofmystomach

    Edible podcast- isn’t that a dish of tossed peas?

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    I really like Evan of Good Food. She really gets that bloggers are passionate about food and often has food bloggers on her show.

  • tourist in july

    Well I was using the metro` in Paris in July and I promise that there was nothing comforting about the smell…

  • http://tannazie.blogspot.com tannaz

    How great that you listen to Good Food all the way across the planet! I’ve been listening to it on Saturday mornings for years (right after This American Life — not food-related, but GREAT), and agree that Evan Kleiman is quite gracious. Her restaurant, Angeli Caffe, on Melrose Ave. here in LA is just as warm and inviting (and delicious!) as you’d expect from her. Perhaps you’ll get a chance to visit next time you’re stateside.

  • http://www.cuisinerenligne.com stephane

    And where is Cuisinerenligne.com ?
    :-(

  • Renée

    I also loved the Paris métro and I can tell you honestly that I truly miss it. I now live in London and hate the London tube from the bottom of my heart. Hate hate detest it! I would move back to Paris tomorrow if I could. Am going to download foodie podcasts now, when will you start yours Clotilde?

  • http://www.robinoriginals.com/eats.html Robin

    I love the sounds of the Paris Metro, it brings me back to being there when I was a student when I hear similar sounds. The streets of Paris have a smell of their own to me as well, and recently I had a similar whiff when I was walking around San Francisco early in the morning and restaurants were hosing down their sidewalks and prepping for the day!

    I podcast The Splendid Table from Public radio,here:
    http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/
    They have a weekly email newsletter as well.

    I’m waiting for the podcasts for Ruth Reichl’s new PBS show “Gourmet’s Diary of A Foodie”….

  • http://www.willows95988.typepad.com tongue in cheek

    you make the metro smell like chocolate, imagine the power youhave over us as you wave your spoon!!

  • Alisa

    Clotilde!!! This is great. Once again you have added to the pleasure of my life in general, and in more specifically in Paris!

    ….you do, do this, just for me, right…..?

  • http://www.cforcooking.com Jeff

    I dug the Paris metro…’cept when it was super hot! blah!

  • Caitlin

    Like Proust with madeleine , for me, the smell of the Paris Metro brings back memories from when I first visited Paris as a child over 20 years ago. It’s definitely a distinctive smell that makes me realize I am in Paris!

  • http://www.poeticandchic.com Annie

    That’s so funny how idiosyncratic our smells are… For me, the Paris metro scent is a mix of sulfur/diesel, fresh baguettes, gloriously rich perfume, and more than a little urine. The sounds are a whole other dimension of jazz band, African drum circle, hippie guitar, and accordeoniste… And that’s just at Chatelet-Les Halles!

  • http://embrouillamini.blogspot.com embrouillamini

    Hi Clotilde, sorry this isn’t about podcasts, but I noticed you’re reading Georges Perec’s ‘Life: A User’s Manual’. What do you think of it? I am almost at the end, and think it has been quite hard-going at times but is a must for anyone who is particular to attention to detail.

    I hope you had a fabulous birthday celebration :)

  • http://estacionliceu.blogspot.com Ceallaigh

    I have to be another one to chime in and agree that I love the smell of the Paris metro and the city as well. It also reminds me of first being a student there and then returning for vacations.

    There is something about that concentration of diesel exhaust that I don’t often smell in the US but occassionally I will get a similar whiff and it transports me back, instantly.

    Thank you for the rich descriptions. J’adore ton blog et ton écriture!

  • http://www.lauraflorand.com Laura Florand

    Clotilde,

    Did you catch the mention of your blog in Marie Claire’s new edition? They recommended it on the same page a they recommended my book, which is how I spotted it and got curious about your blog. Now that I’ve had a chance to start browsing through your blog, I have to agree with them: it is truly a delicious blog! It makes me long to have the semester over and be able to fly back to Paris and walk through the streets and eat scrumptious food.

    Thanks for maintaining this great blog! The Marie Claire blurb is on p. 56 of their US November edition, if you haven’t already caught it.

    All the best,

    Laura Florand

    P.S. I love that I have to type the word chocolate to post a comment. That is the chocolate icing on the cake of this blog! :)

  • http://www.blueVicar.com blueVicar

    I am tickled to see that smells trigger memories in so many of your readers—even smells of the Metro. I have no podcasts to suggest, but I am all for those memories…madeleines…you see, I use them (a version of a writing prompt) everyday to get my writings going.

    I just returned from Paris and I thought of Chocolate and Zuchini as I passed along rue Clotilde.

    Meilleurs vœux!

  • http://eatingforbrooklyn.blogspot.com eatingforbrooklyn

    The Kitchen Sisters is another great podcast. It’s U.S. centric, but they have really interesting stories.
    http://www.kitchensisters.org/

  • http://parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com ParisBreakfasts

    Here’s one that never disappoints on the BBC – The Food Programme
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/foodprogramme.shtml
    I like it that they list all the books and sites referenced on the programme so you don’t drive yourself nuts googling to find out info bits. Enjoy!

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    All – Thank you for the podcast suggestions! I’ll check them out.

    Embrouillamini – I have loved loved loved Perec’s novel. It does indeed take time to read (so many vivid details and descriptions to read and picture) but I find it fascinating and mind-boggling and gripping — one of my favorite books ever.

    Laura – No, I wasn’t aware of that, thanks for letting me know, and congrats on the mention of your book!

  • avril rustage

    Clotilde: And I thought I was the sole maniac who loves the smell of the Paris metro! That metallic, gritty, funky aroma is part of my love affair with the city; one whiff brings a whole cartload of memories. I swear I can even conjure the smell sometimes, when I am suffering from particularly severe Paris-withdrawal symptoms.
    By the way I was in CDG airport last month (sigh, only passing through en route from Italy; how did that happen?) and discovered a branch of Brasserie Flo. After 16 days in Italy to eat real bread again! I swear Italian bread has no taste at all, since they make it without salt, so that chewy, delicious roll they placed on my plate was heaven! The duck confit was a close second place, too. All-in-all my husband and I agreed: the best food we had eaten since we left home.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for C&Z.

  • Kate

    Clothilde-
    your sensory trigger is the smell – mine is the sound of the metro. I don’t know why – but there is nothing like it in the whole world. and as you descend deeper into the tunnels, the noise changes, and you almost go back in time. The people, the equipment, the walls themselves. There is no sound quite like it!

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