20 February 2016

Weekend Cooking: 6 Podcasts for Food Lovers

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podcasts for food lovers from www.BethFishReads.comThis past week I was hanging out on Twitter, as I'm wont to do, and got into a conversation with Heather from Capricious Reader and Kerry from Entomology of a Bookworm about salads. Yes, we're like that. Anyway, that conversation went along several tangents and ended up at food-related podcasts. And thus this post was born. Thank you Heather and Kerry.

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.

There are many other food-related podcasts that I'm curious about but haven't listened to. What are your favorites?


Mae Travels 2/20/16, 6:36 AM  

Hi -- I'm still in Florida so my posts are about birding and eating (not cooking myself). Next week I'll be back to cooking! Happy weekend everybody!

mae from maefood.blogspot.com

Tina 2/20/16, 7:21 AM  

Obviously I am missing out big time! I have never listened to a podcast but now I want to, more than ever! I've been off wine for a while, ought to post about how that occurred, but your top 3 have me aching to listen.
I have iTunes, guess I will cruise around and look for these.

rhapsodyinbooks 2/20/16, 7:44 AM  

I prefer videos to podcasts, even though a podcast would be way more convenient. But I just get more engaged with visual.

(Diane) bookchickdi 2/20/16, 8:24 AM  

What a great list you have here. My sons love to listen to podcasts while they are at work. I have not yet listened to many, but now that we have a home in Florida and I like to walk the beach, they would be good to listen to. It's tough to listen to them while walking in NYC, you have to pay close attention to your surroundings.

Anonymous,  2/20/16, 8:32 AM  

Hi! I am so glad to have discovered your blog, thanks to BBAW!

I have never been passionate about cooking, and books related to cooking and food. Now that I am reading a lot of lovely posts like this, I am inspired to try some books too. Thank you. :)

jama 2/20/16, 8:36 AM  

Thanks for these suggestions. I'd heard of The Splendid Table and Spilled Milk, but not the others. Wish I had more time to listen to more podcasts!

bermudaonion 2/20/16, 8:45 AM  

I bet Carl would enjoy some of these.

JoAnn 2/20/16, 9:02 AM  

My listening time is almost always audiobooks and I never get to bookish podcasts either. My sister introduced me to Splendid Table, but the others are new ... can't wait to sample a few. Great post!!

Katherine P 2/20/16, 10:46 AM  

I have several bookish podcasts that I follow but no food ones. I love the look of Burnt Toast and The Splendid Table. I had heard of that one but never managed to look for it. I'm adding several to my list!

Claudia 2/20/16, 11:42 AM  

Well, something new to try - podcasts, and what an intriguing list to begin with. They all sound fun.

Anonymous,  2/20/16, 11:43 AM  

I like the sound of Wine for Normal People! I never really caught on to podcasts, other than the occasional BBC World Book Club podcast. But I just took up an audiobook so who knows!? Great list!

Gilion at Rose City Reader 2/20/16, 1:17 PM  

like you, I listen to audiobooks. I listen to a lot of audiobooks. But I haven't gotten into podcasts at all. It just seems like one more hobby to take on and I feel like I have too many!

Like book challenges! I signed up for the Foodies Read challenge again this year, which is what my post is about this weekend.

Jackie McGuinness 2/20/16, 4:24 PM  

I guess it's just me, but I prefer reading to listening.

Margot 2/20/16, 4:28 PM  

Thanks for this great list. I've listened to Splendid Table for years on NPR, but haven't followed any others. I follow Molly Wizenberg's blog, but now I want to check out her podcasts. I'm glad you found your inspiration this week for this post.

Mae Travels 2/20/16, 7:50 PM  

Good ideas for podcast listening. Right now I'm a full-time tourist. Just posted a second weekend eating post (no cooking til I get home).

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Laurie C 2/21/16, 10:09 AM  

Oh, no! I just started back with podcasts after losing my iPod many months ago, and loaded a bunch of Splendid Table episodes, but these others all sound so good! I usually listen to audiobooks, too, and also tried listening to Books on a Nightstand and a few other bookish podcasts, but ran across too many (of what I consider) spoilers (I'm a bit neurotic about spoilers) and decided to stick to foodie podcasts. Although I did listen to Serial last year, I don't think I'll listen to the true crime one that's out now.

Debbie 2/21/16, 6:03 PM  

I can't wait to listen to the Burnt Toast podcast!

Amelia 2/21/16, 6:29 PM  

AH I don't need another podcast to listen too. I think I'm going to be trying out Spilled Milk (I told myself I could only pick one new one). Thanks for this list!

Vicki 2/21/16, 7:34 PM  

I haven't listened to a foodie podcast lately. Thanks for the list, I'll check it out.

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