The best food podcasts to get your juices flowing
Warning: What you are about to read may make you extremely hungry.
Interested in brushing up on the rising stars of the culinary world? Want to know what really goes on behind the scenes of an award-winning gourmet restaurant? Need a bit of inspiration for that upcoming holiday dinner? While there are many places on the web to marinate your eyeballs with such information, it's your ears that should be served the main course. Food podcasts, bite-sized radio programs perfectly paced for your morning commute or daily run, are increasingly becoming the best resources to dish on the latest and greatest in the world of culinary delights. Like any halfway-decent buffet, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from. Below are just a few of our favorites to whet your appetite and get you up to date on everything from wine to local, game-changing hotspots.
Produced by Dean & DeLuca, an upscale grocery store in New York City's SoHo district, "Prince Street" is a monthly podcast exploring "the ever-changing world of what we eat, what we cook, and the surprising ways food is life." While that's admittedly a rather ambitious tagline, this is one podcast that's up to the task. Since its debut earlier this year, "Prince Street" has quickly risen to the top of foodies' most beloved audio programs.
"My only gripe about this podcast is that it only comes out once a month," reviewed one fan. "I love it. I get so excited when I see it show up each month in my feed. It's like the very best of Food and Wine, Food Channel and Top Chef education all rolled into one. So great!"
A large part of "Prince Street's" appeal is thanks to its diverse and talented team of correspondents, including American novelist and wine columnist Jay McInerney, Canadian delicatessen owner Noah Bernamoff, and Israeli chef and TV personality Eden Grinshpan. The series also provides exclusive interviews with some of the world's leading chefs. Recent examples include Grinshpan's on-site visit to Israeli chef Michael Solomonov's Mediterranean hotspot Zahav to learn how to make the best hummus, McInerney's sit down with filmmaker and wine maker Francis Ford Coppola, and American chef Anthony Bourdain reflecting on the culinary delights of Christmas future and present.
'Bon Appétit Foodcast'
One of the more prolific podcasts (with new episodes each Wednesday), the "Bon Appetite Foodcast" is an extension of the award-winning magazine covering the latest in gourmet cuisine and industry change makers. Reviews trend positive, with many praising the program's adult tone and exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the world's greatest chefs.
"I love the guests and topics," praised one listener. "This podcast is just the right length; the host is clearly enthusiastic about food, I like the fact that the conversation is for adults who enjoy food. Not everything must be kid friendly!"
Past interviews have included Mediterranean cooking insights from Yotam Ottelenghi, an Israeli chef with gourmet eateries scattered around the globe, a primer from American chef Mario Batali on the best way to craft some healthy vegetarian meatballs, and French chef Jacques Pépin on his love for New York City's street cuisine.
'A Taste of the Past'
Ever wonder what people ate in ancient Mediterranean port cities like Acre or Caesarea? Or the dishes enjoyed by colonial America to celebrate the New Year? How about how London food markets today compare with their 15th-century counterparts? All of these questions are answered in mouth-watering historical detail in the weekly podcast "A Taste of the Past."
"This is a great podcast for anyone interested in the connection between food and history," wrote one listener. "Even if you're not a history buff, you'll find some of the topics really fascinating."
Recent guests on "Past" have included cookbook author Janna Gur, author of "The Book of New Israeli Food,” professor Paul Freedman, author of “Ten Restaurants That Changed America,” and food historian Peter Rose explaining how the Dutch gave the world cookies.
'The Eater Upsell'
Now in its second season, "The Eater Upsell" is an hour-long podcast that prides itself on "smart talk and shameless gossip with the food world's most interesting people." Reviews by listeners love both the witty banter between hosts Greg Morabito and Helen Rosner, as well as the interviews and insights that include chefs, brewers, food authors and much more.
"From the stellar stream of guests to the thought-provoking questions posed by hosts Helen and Greg, true food lovers need to look no further for great food for thought," writes one fan. "Not only is each week as mouth-watering as the week before, there's a story of social commentary in our food world today that spans across all episodes, like a giant, delicious time capsule."
In addition to a presence on both SoundCloud and iTunes, "The Eater Upsell" podcast also hosts a wonderfully detailed main site that provides transcripts of all interviews and quickly allows you to peruse past guests. Some highlights we spied included a chat with American chef Alex Stupak, nicknamed the "Taco King of New York," Garrett Oliver, the award-winning brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery, and James Beard Award winner Michael Solomonov, an Israeli chef who many believe may just be the best in America.
'Radio Cherry Bombe'
Take a seat, gents. "Radio Cherry Bombe," an off-shoot of the bi-annual magazine of the same name, is a weekly podcast focused on women making an impact in the culinary arts. With more than 90 episodes to choose from, you'll find plenty to both inspire and entice the taste buds.
"This show has a lot of good things going for it! Great guests and inviting conversation, celebration of women in food, and overall good vibes," shared one fan. "One of my go-to's!"
Recent women who have guested on "Cherry" include American chef Dorie Greenspan, a three-time James Beard Foundation award winner, British chef and rising culinary star Preeti Mistry, and even the one and only Martha Stewart.
A bi-monthly podcast from the culinary website Food52, "Burnt Toast" explores all aspects of food culture and recipes. With each topic, they also invite a chef, food critic, or winemaker to join the discussion and lend their own unique point of view.
"Funny; witty; informal; filled with information that you can apply anywhere," gushed one review. "The guests that appear in this show are just as great as the hosts! Love it!"
As listeners will tell you, "Burnt Toast" is very good at challenging norms and getting guests to open up on controversial topics. Examples include a recent podcast dedicated to the idea of changing the national Thanksgiving dish from turkey to spaghetti carbonara. Another leaves food behind completely and focuses on crafting the perfect wedding toast. Whatever the topic, we're pretty sure after one listen that you'll be adding this one to your podcast plate without hesitation.
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