If you’re a bit tired of watching Netflix or playing games, why not listen to a few podcasts? In our normal daily lives (i.e. no COVID lockdown), podcasts good for listening while you are waiting in line, commuting to or from work, going out for a walk, or getting ready in the mornings. But you can still have fun with podcasts in lockdown too! Listen to your favorite episodes while doing chores around the house, or while cooking dinner. Some people even listen to them as they fall asleep! Here’s a list of a few foodie podcasts to get you going!
Follow the comedic duo, Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger, as they eat, review, and argue their way through fast food chains and sit-down restaurants. They also feature a weekly guest, usually well-known figures in the comedy scene. If you’re curious to know more about the history and meals behind America’s most popular food chains, then make sure to sign up! There are more than 250 episodes and you can listen to it free of charge here.
If you’re looking for deeper listening, then Gastropod is the right podcast for you. Every two weeks, hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, look at the exciting history and science behind the foods we eat. Expect interviews with experts, visits to laboratories, and learning more about ancient foods! If you ever wondered by licorice was once a traditional remedy and now a candy, or why gin is suddenly such a popular drink, then sign up! Episodes are just under an hour and you can listen to them here.
If you want the know the long and complex route that food travels to get to your plate, this podcast will pique your interest. They look at the economic impact of food, and also explore the science and culture behind it. There are more than 200 episodes that are available for free. The most recent ones focus on the coronavirus epidemic with episodes such as “Coronavirus: Chefs fight back” and “My quarantine kitchen”.
If there is one thing that we all do regardless of race, language, or country of origin, it’s eating. Food writer and host, Francis Lam, talks to an assortment of speakers, and subjects range from sourdough starters to the culture of drinking.
If you’re up for a laugh, you shouldn’t miss this podcast. In each episode, comedians Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton focus on one food product, usually with hilarious commentary. The episodes are not too long (only half an hour), so it’s great to listen to while washing the dishes. With more than 300 free episodes, you won’t run out of funny food stories to listen to!
America’s Test Kitchen has their own podcast, Proof, which has recently been nominated for a Webby Award (for a second year in a row!). They speak about why we love the foods we love, and why we dislike certain foods. Why certain foods have risen to fame over the years, or why jelly beans come in weird flavors. It’s already on its fourth season, and you can listen to all the episodes for free.
If you want to improve your cooking skills with bite-sized podcasts, then look no further. The host will take you through a recipe with each step neatly explained. Want to try your hand at Shrimp Etouffee or Colcannon, then look no further! The talks cover recipes, kitchen hacks, and interviews, all aimed to help you grow your cooking confidence!
What are your favorite podcasts?