Best food/cooking podcasts
September 30, 2018 6:21 PM   Subscribe

What are your favorite podcasts revolving around food and/or cooking?
posted by noneuclidean to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:26 PM on September 30, 2018 [6 favorites]

The Sporkful can vary in quality, but it’s excellent most of the time.
posted by Betelgeuse at 6:27 PM on September 30, 2018

Milk Street Radio with Christopher Kimball of America's Test Kitchen fame. Excellent mix of call-in questions, interviews, cultural criticism and instructional segments.
posted by nightrecordings at 6:37 PM on September 30, 2018 [2 favorites]

Number one hands down: BBC's The Kitchen Cabinet.

Runners up are: Spilled Milk and Special Sauce the Serious Eats podcast.

I get most of my good food content on youtube now.
posted by Lyn Never at 6:40 PM on September 30, 2018 [3 favorites]

The Splendid Table - oldie but goodie
posted by teragram at 6:40 PM on September 30, 2018 [5 favorites]

Cooking Issues is really good, it’s better when they answer questions and do interviews, but even their digressions are pretty great. It focuses more on “advanced” techniques like slow temperature (sous vide) cooking and molecular-gastronomy-ish bartending. I worked through the back catalog and there are some GEMS of information hiding in the archives.
posted by furnace.heart at 6:42 PM on September 30, 2018 [2 favorites]

For someone who's really into cooking and podcasts, I don't listen to many food podcasts but I definitely second Gastropod. I've also been enjoying Yotam Ottolenghi's Simple Pleasures, which is basically an ad for his new book but he's had really impressive guests so far.
posted by carolr at 6:49 PM on September 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

Nthing Gastropod.

Also for something different try Toasted Sister - focusing on Native American food.
posted by Preserver at 7:30 PM on September 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

KCRW's Good Food is great. (I haven't been able to bring myself to listen to the Jonathan Gold retrospective yet.)

I'm rather into Table Manners with Jessie Ware recently, in which the singer and her mum cook dinner for a random celebrity and then chat through the meal. My favorites have been Yotam Ottolenghi, Tracey Thorn, and Sandi Toksvig.
posted by bcwinters at 7:40 PM on September 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

You know, while I'm here, I'd also like to throw out a link to the now defunct How It Got In Your Mouth with Katherine Spiers (lately of Smart Mouth) and Erin Mosbaugh. Something about the chatty tone combined with the tons of factoids really scratched an itch for me.
posted by bcwinters at 7:51 PM on September 30, 2018

I have to echo a plug for Spilled Milk and Good Food.
posted by veggieboy at 8:07 PM on September 30, 2018

Kitchen Sisters is more about food cultures than food but I love it, an example being talking to people in the Middle East about how hummus features in their lives, about attempts to brand it as a specifically Israeli dish,etc.
posted by Iteki at 10:41 PM on September 30, 2018

I came in to recommend Foodstuff only to discover they relaunched themselves as Savor last week. From their website: Savor digs into how people live and how they eat – and why. Hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum interview the culinary creators and consumers of the world, exploring the science, history, and culture of food and drink, all with a key question in mind: Why do we like what we like, and how can we find more of those things?

Also, another nod to Gastropod.
posted by AMyNameIs at 10:17 AM on October 1, 2018

this might be a little off-base, but I really enjoy listening to The Doughboys each week. It's a comedy-focused podcast that sees the two hosts, who sort of love each other and sort of hate each other, bring in a guest (almost always another comedian, comic actor, or podcaster) to review a different chain restaurants per episode. They also have occasional segments rating offbeat junk food or weird soft drinks. They banter a lot at the beginning, but usually the opening conversation is at least nominally based around the guest's connection to chains in general or the week's chain in particular, and then the last 50%-30% of the episode is devoted to a pretty detailed though very subjective review.

It's not particularly family-friendly, but they do a good job (better than almost any other comedy podcast on my radar) of booking women as guests.

The most recent guest was D'arcy Carden from The Good Place discussing Benihana and it's pretty amazing. Some of the jokes are funnier if you're a repeat listener, but overall it's pretty funny and she really enjoys herself.
posted by lousywiththespirit at 11:18 AM on October 1, 2018

The Racist Sandwich is my favorite food podcast. It coves the intersections of food, race, class and gender. It started out Portland, OR focused but quickly moved beyond the city, as did the awesome hosts. I want everyone even remotely interested in food to listen to this podcast!
posted by Hopeful and Cynical at 11:34 AM on October 1, 2018 [4 favorites]

Agree with Gastropod and Sporkful
posted by radioamy at 2:00 PM on October 1, 2018

Thanks everyone. Looks like I've got a lot of listening to do!
posted by noneuclidean at 5:47 PM on October 1, 2018

Your Last Meal with Rachel Bell is great. She interviews someone about their last meal, and then goes into the history of that food and has an interesting story about it. She's a great interviewer and the show is really fun.
posted by apricot at 7:27 PM on October 1, 2018

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