Whenever I walk, bike or metro my way somewhere, whenever I go for a run or sit down for a lengthy fava bean peeling session, I rely on podcasts to keep me entertained.
Although there are a few I listen to that are not food-oriented — This American Life being my unrivaled favorite — you won’t be surprised to hear I lean toward those that discuss cooking, eating, and the cultural or political ramifications of both activities.
I can’t be alone in this, and I’d like to share those podcasts I listen to regularly.
I wrote a similar post almost four years ago, but there are new kids on my podcast block, so I thought it was time to update that list.
Naturally, if you have favorites of your own to recommend, I’m always happy to add new ones to my rotation!
Good Food + The Splendid Table
I am still a faithful listener of KCRW’s Good Food*, hosted by Evan Kleiman out of Los Angeles. I also enjoy The Splendid Table, another American public radio show “for people who love to eat” (that’s us), hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.
These two are somewhat similar in format, in that they address a variety of topics related to food in each hour-long show, and discuss them with regular contributors and special guests.
If you’re interested in sustainable eats and food politics, do not miss the Edible Radio podcast, hosted by Kate Manchester, who speaks with a different expert (a farmer, a chef, a writer…) in each episode.
My friend Molly and her friend Matthew started a podcast earlier this year called Spilled Milk, which they record out of their Seattle homes (except for the upcoming live taping — attend if you can!). It’s a humorous cooking podcast that adopts a refreshingly goofy tone, but still offers valuable tips.
I’ve only recently started listening to the Food Programme on BBC Radio 4, but the show has been around for over thirty years, and each episode is an in-depth exploration of a particular theme or place.
On va déguster!
UPDATE Readers have added wonderful suggestions in the comments. For easy access, I’m listing them here, with the appropriate links:
~ NPR: Food
~ Crimes against food
~ The Sporkful
~ Bon Appétit (dormant, but past episodes available)
~ Nutrition Diva
~ Anne Bramley’s Eat Feed
~ The Kojo Nnamdi Show (daily show; Wednesdays are about food)
~ Here on Earth (daily show; Fridays are about food)
~ The Kitchen Sisters’ Hidden Kitchens
~ BBC’s Farming Today
~ Indiana Public Media’s Earth Eats
~ The Restaurant Guys
~ Gary Hirshberg’s keynote speech at Slow Money at Shelburne Farms, VT (not a podcast, but inspiring and hopeful food talk)
* I even got to be on the show a couple of times (once when my Paris book came out, and once to talk about edible idioms) and being in that studio with Evan was, without a doubt, one of my proudest, wait-till-I-tell-the-grandkids moments.