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Truth be told, when I have time to listen to words, I usually turn to an audiobook. But sometimes, I just need a short foodie fix, and that's where podcasts come in. I never remember to listen to the book podcasts, even ones hosted by my friends. But there are six food podcasts I listen to on a pretty regular basis. So what does that say about me?
Just like the old David Letterman top ten lists, I present my top six foodie podcasts in reverse order of how often I listen. This isn't so much an indication of quality as it is my own quirky tastes.
All these podcasts are available for free, and the links lead to the podcasts' websites. In case you're wondering, I use the Casts app for listening on my phone, and I use iTunes for listening through my home Sonos speaker. (Rights to the logos remain with the podcast copyright holders.)
6. Wine for Normal People (length = ~45 min; frequency = 3 times a month)
This show is a fun podcast that takes us to tasting rooms and vineyards and to gift shops and wine stores. Topic include everything wine related. The quality is sometimes a little off (think live, on-site recordings in tasting rooms), and host Elizabeth Schneider is known to veer off course, but the show is informative, lively, and definitely not snobby.
5. The Sporkful (length = ~20 min; frequency = weekly)
I love the tagline of this podcast hosted by Dan Pashman: "It's not for foodies, it's for eaters." The topics span the imagination from fun (eating popcorn at the theater) to serious (eating disorders) and everything in between. You'll hear from all kinds of guest, including food writers, comedians, and bloggers.
4. Eat Your Words (length = ~30 min; frequency = weekly)
If you're a cookbook and food writing freak, this podcast from the Heritage Radio Network is for you. The focus is all about food writers and their work, and the range of books is amazing: memoirs, cookbooks, farmers markets, and how-tos. It's a great way to meet all your favorite people in the food world and add to your TBR.
3. Spilled Milk (length = ~30 min; frequency = weekly)
You might recognize Molly Wizenberg from her blog and her memoirs, but you might not know she and Matthew Amster-Buron host a food-lovers' podcast. Here's how it works: each episode concentrates on a specific food, so we can learn all things, say crouton or cocoa nib or nacho. Good entertainment plus educational.
2. The Splendid Table (length = ~ 1 hr; frequency = weekly)
This podcast from American Public Radio is hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and covers a great variety of food topics. I enjoy the Road Food segment with Jane and Michael Stern, the investigations into ingredients, and the descriptions of recipes. Guest have included Melissa Clark, Michael Rulham, and Yotam Ottolenghi. Recipes available on the website.
1. Burnt Toast (length = ~30 min; frequency = two times a month)
This fabulous podcast comes from the wonderful Food52 people. The show covers all kinds of food issues from health and politics to food trends, cookbooks, and recipes. Their guest list is pretty amazing too: Nigella Lawson, Calvin Trillin, Ruth Reichl, and Oliver Strand. This is always informative and fun to listen to.