My Five Favourite Food Podcasts
It’s not uncommon for me to start a sentence with: “Today I listened to a podcast and…” When at the dinner table, my family knows full-well that what will follow will be a rush of foodie facts, baking titbits and the recounting of personal stories of people I have never met, and will never meet, but I feel I know. The kids humour me, and once they are over the sighs, they listen and learn.
For about a year now, I have been slightly obsessed (well that’s what my kids think) with podcasts. And why wouldn’t I be? They are a constant source of knowledge, insights, stories and entertainment that fit into my life. It doesn’t matter if I’m on a long road tip, on a morning walk with our dog or testing recipes in my kitchen, I can listen along and be connected regardless of where I am or what I am doing.
I have a vast collection (including non-foodie ones) that I pick from, depending on my mood at the time – am I feeling alert and in need of more knowledge, am I looking for something relaxing, entertaining and feel-good, or do I simply just want to get to know someone new and hear their unique story?
My podcast collection is constantly changing but thought I would share my current top 5 foodie podcasts with you – I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
The Food Podcast with food writer Lindsay Cameron Wilson has been a favourite for a while now and I have devoured every episode! Beautifully produced, The Food Podcast tells ‘personal stories through the lens of food’. It is truly a joy to listen to!
Episode recommendation: Apple School (episode 13)
The Food Programme from BBC Radio 4 is a relatively new discovery of mine but I am absolutely hooked. Every episode looks at an aspect of food, digging deep and presented through a collection of interviews and narratives. From how Syrian refugees are telling their stories through food to exploring the humble porridge, it’s completely fascinating on so many levels.
Episode recommendation: Food Stories From Syria and Porridge
- Hosted by Kerrie Diamond, Radio Cherry Bombe is a weekly radio program from the indie magazine Cherry Bombe and interviews creative women in food… So much to love about this podcast including getting to meet the real movers and shakers in the food industry (mainly US-based) – chefs, authors, bakers, food stylists, business owners and social advocates.
Episode recommendation: Samin Nosrat
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry with Australian journalist Lee Tran Lam is a fabulous interview podcast where we get to know chefs, bakers, food critics and others from the food world (mainly Sydney though!). Candid and easy to listen to, it is a fabulous podcast to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Episode recommendation: Katherine Sabbath - Baker and Author of 'Greatest Hits'
The Food Chain, from BBC World, looks at what it takes to put food on our plates – ‘the business, the science and the cultural significance’. Always curious, this podcast will intrigue anyone remotely interested in food.
Episode recommendation: Food Confidential