Indulge your passion, listen to a food podcast
We all spend time travelling between one place and another. Here’s a way to make the most of that time, indulge your passion for food and drink with absolutely no calories involved. Listen to a food podcast.
When you’re driving or commuting to work, what do you do? Listen to music or read perhaps? I bet you have a minimum of 25 minutes to fill. There’s no better way to pass the time than listen to a podcast. Find ones you love and you’ll never want to miss an episode.
I listen to many. I find they help me relax. Sometimes I learn something new, sometimes things shock or amaze me. But how do you find great podcasts?
Choose your Food Podcast
So where do you start? Here are some of the podcasts I listen to regularly, together with ones I’ve recently discovered through personal recommendations. I update this list regularly!
Enjoy listening and exploring
BBC Radio 4 Food Programme
The BBC Radio 4 Food Programme is Grandmother of them all with an archive going back to 2007. This is a wide ranging programme on a diverse range of food and drink. Recent episodes have focused on Eating Alone, the Art of Fermentation (vegetables rather than bread or beer) and a fascinating insight into food and wine of Georgia.
It’s also the home of the annual Food and Farming awards which is a great way of finding out about food and drink producers in the UK.
First episode to try? A different kind of SWAT team presented by Romy Gill. Randeep Singh and his colleagues realised that more than 200 people in their immediate local community were homeless; hidden. Together, they decided they could do something to help them, and they begun a project cooking hot meals and sourcing food donations. Nishkam S.W.A.T (Sikh Welfare & Awareness Team) was born.
Listen to this: If you like a wide mix of topics. Episode length 30 minutes.
At the Sauce
At the Sauce is an independent podcast is created by two friends of mine who love food. Based in Bristol, they meet people who inspire. First episode to listen to, discover how food critic Grace Dent ‘chooses’ the restaurants she’ll review. You might like to check out my appearance talking about my food journey in episode 13.
Listen to this if you’d like to discover some new food producers and writers mostly in the South West of England.
Honey and Co Food Talks
I’ve not yet managed to visit the Honey and Co restaurant in London opened by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich serving middle eastern food. The Honey and Co food talks are recorded in front of a small audience who taste the food being discussed. It really makes we want to be there and part of the audience! You’ll discover chefs, a spice merchant, food magazines and more.
First episode to try? There are so many good ones and it’s now in its 5th season. Some are unexpected such as Michael Rakowitz, author of the 4th plinth. Listen to this: If you love hearing how people got into food and what inspires them. Don’t listen when you’re hungry!
The Nightcap podcast is hosted by Paul Foster, Michelin starred chef of Salt in Stratford-upon-Avon and Simon Alexander. I enjoy listening in to their guest Michelin star chefs chatting about many topics including shouting in the kitchen; catering for dietary requirements with two topics that feature in each episode: TripAdvisor Reviews and Boiling Point. It’s unusual to be able to almost eavesdrop!
I’ve learnt a lot. Whilst we can all understand the extra work that catering for dietary requirements can mean, I’d never thought before about how a change of ingredients can change the balance of the dish. And that was just topic!
I’d suggest listening to all the episodes in turn. Listen to this and you’ll surely want to go and eat at these chefs’ restaurants after doing so!
The Pitch by Gimlet Media is a radio version of Dragon’s Den – American style. You listen in to an entrepreneur pitching to four investors. After the pitch you the investors discuss why they did and did not invest. The presenter then contacts the entrepreneur a few months after the pitch to see how business. It’s a great lesson in how to and how not to present your business and it might just give you ideas.
This podcast features all types of businesses. However, food and drink businesses often feature from premium instant coffee – yes really – to a healthy delivery service.
First episode to try? Tuckrbox a food business that is based on making kids healthier and reducing parent’s headaches. Average episode 40 minutes.
Listen to this if you’d like an insight into what investors look for when investing.
Dessert Island Dishes
Each week, Margie Nomura meets a special guest to chat about their life in food and poses questions such as “What was the first dish you ever cooked” and “Your go to dinner party dish”. It’s fascinating to compare one guest to another, both from how Margie relates to them and how they open up. As a bonus, she creates a dish inspired by that week’s guest.
First episode to try? Mark Hix Chef and Restaurateur. Not least because I love his choice of Pineapple Upside Down Cake and her beautiful recreation. Many thanks to Anna Maria Tuckett for suggesting this one.
Listen to this if you’d like to get to know key foodies better. They might be simple questions, but the answers tell you a lot.
Co hosts of the The Gastropod podcast, Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley look at food through science and history. The presenters go out to discover the food in question then weave the story around it. Topics include cranberries; women, food, power and books and even canabalism!
We’re back for a new season of food science & history with… some high medieval nuns, the world’s most expensive self-tanner, and a secret field in Essex! https://t.co/yJ18cf3DlZ
— Gastropod (@Gastropodcast) January 16, 2018
First Episode to Try: Saffron – the World’s Most Expensive Spice. This includes a large section about the English Saffron company and it appears that nuns in the middle ages might have spent quite a bit of time high. Average episode about 45 minutes.
Listen to this if you love fascinating facts and odd snippets of information.
Eat Capture Share
Kimberley is a food photographer. Her podcast Eat Capture Share is a mix of interviews with people involved in food (bloggers, photographers etc) and some useful insight into using Instagram. She also runs the very popular #eatcaptureshare photography challenge on Instagram.
First episode to try? How to turn your passion for food into a career – Olia Hercules
The Menu from the Monocle
The Monocle was launched as a magazine in 2007 magazine briefing on global affairs, business, culture, design and more. The website is comprehensive and food is just one subject covered.
The Menu from Monocle is an easy listen. Each episode is split up into different stories around five minutes long presented in a news format. It took me a little while to get used to the presenter’s voice, but I have loved dipping into the stories.
Listen to this for a great selection of food news.
I am still a little unsure about the Modernist Breadcrumbs podcast, but if you are interested in bread this is worth exploring. Recently, a mammoth tome has been produced by Modernist Cuisine founder Nathan Myhrvold and head chef Francisco Migoya. Fifteen hundred experiments were carried out to find the best ways of making bread. This standalone series presents some of their findings.
In a series of episodes many aspects of breadmaking are discovered, from history to ingredients. I find the production a little stiff in what I have listened to so far, but not so much that I will stop listening.
First episode to try: On the rise. How the microscopic single cell yeast makes such a large impact. Average episode 1 hour 15 minutes.
Listen to this if you’re a bread geek.
Where to find podcasts
Apart from the obvious, Apple podcasts and Android apps, apps such as Stitcher might work for you. If you have a Spotify account, there’s a spoken word section and Soundcloud is worth checking out. Visiting the podcast’s website will give you more information.
Listening in the car
Listening to podcasts via your car radio is relatively easy. Many new cars have something called Car Play. You can connect your iPhone for easy listening. There are however other options if your car isn’t that new. You can connect to the car stereo system via Bluetooth or even a via a tiny FM tuner that you use to tune into a frequency on the radio and listen that way. So no excuse not to listen when you’re driving. This article gives a good overview on set up options.
And there’s more
I’m happy to say, I have more food podcast suggestions to follow up. A huge thanks to everyone who responded to my request for suggestions.
Let me know what food and drink podcasts you love, and the list can grow.