Food media sources?
June 18, 2019 7:28 AM   Subscribe

What food media sources and voices do you follow?

I read the NYT and WashPo food sections. I look at Eater and Food52 and Taste.

Blogs aren't what they used to be, but I still I look at Smitten Kitchen, David Lebovitz, iamafoodblog and a few others.

I'm looking for sources beyond those, particularly on YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, or Twitter. None of those is how I prefer to consume media, but I get that it's where a lot of people are and I have a bit of a blindspot there.

I'm particularly interested in sources that surface or create intelligent and useful content, whether recipes or broader pieces about food.

(Note: I read a good number of food newsletters and listen to podcasts, but those are beyond the scope of what I'm looking for right now.)
posted by veggieboy to Food & Drink (21 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a big fan of Bon Appetit's recent YouTube offerings. Claire Saffitz's "Gourmet Makes" series is really fun, as is Brad Leone's "It's Alive." And their recent recipe videos have generally been really good too, like this chili colorado, or this bucatini carbonara, or these pork sambal noodles...

Oh my God I'm so hungry.
posted by saladin at 7:40 AM on June 18, 2019 [6 favorites]

Gastropod is great.
posted by AndrewStephens at 7:43 AM on June 18, 2019 [3 favorites]

I like:

Bon Appetit

Food Wishes

Laura Vitale (Laura in the Kitchen)

Vincenzo's Plate

Pasta Grannies

Sorted Food

Jamie Oliver, especially the ones where he has guest chefs demonstrating different cuisines

Nigella Lawson

Rick Bayless, for all things Mexican

Bryon Talbot (used to work for Thomas Keller)

Donal Skehan

River Cafe London

Food with Chetna (Indian food)

River Cottage

and Juns Kitchen

I also enjoy videos by Dale Calder, a Canadian man, who does stuff like make sourdough starter and homemade cheese. I find his videos very relaxing, as well as informative.

If I am exploring one type of cuisine, I will try and find videos from the grannies or people native to that cuisine, and watch some of those -- Rick Bayless is good, but I will also seek out videos by Mexican woman explaining how to make mole verde, for instance, because they know their stuff.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 7:48 AM on June 18, 2019 [3 favorites]

I've been listening to the BBC World Service podcast The Food Chain.
posted by a moisturizing whip at 7:54 AM on June 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

One more, on Twitter, Seamus Blackley, does stuff with ancient wild yeasts and bread making. Interesting stuff!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 7:57 AM on June 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

Oh and the other recipe resource I find myself turning to again and again is Serious Eats. They can be pretty futzy but in my experience they're generally rock-solid.
posted by saladin at 7:57 AM on June 18, 2019 [6 favorites]

The blog at eatyourbooks always has something interesting.
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:07 AM on June 18, 2019

If you like policy:
posted by executive_dysfuncti0n at 8:21 AM on June 18, 2019

Epicurious collates all of the food content from Conde Nast, I've liked a lot of stuff I've found in there.

Otherwise everything I regularly use is covered upthread. Looking forward to checking a lot of stuff out...
posted by ominous_paws at 8:24 AM on June 18, 2019

Tamar Haspel, in the Washington Post and Twitter. Farmer and writer on food policy, nutrition, and agriculture.
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 8:27 AM on June 18, 2019

If you might be interested in looking at food from a very different angle, try the Edible Alpha podcast, which features very frank interviews about how people actually grow and make money with food businesses.
posted by juliapangolin at 8:44 AM on June 18, 2019

BBC's The Kitchen Cabinet podcast and Jay Rayner, generally, though his new podcast Out To Lunch has been hit or miss for me.

The Racist Sandwich was a great podcast, though the hosts have just moved on - Soleil Ho to San Francisco Chronicle as a food critic and Zahir Janmohamed is starting school for fiction. Might be worth keeping on your favorite app as the producers figure out next steps.

@SarahTaber_bww on Twitter, at, and the Farm to Taber podcast.
posted by Lyn Never at 8:48 AM on June 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

I've had good luck with recipes from The Spruce Eats, though I'll admit I usually get there by Googling specific entrees rather than perusing the site itself so I'm not sure how it does in terms of the "broader pieces" you mentioned.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:51 AM on June 18, 2019

Marion Nestle's Food Politics.
Sarah Taber, yes to Lyn Never's rec!

(as may be evident, I am into food studies rather than recipes)
posted by spamandkimchi at 9:53 AM on June 18, 2019

On twitter specifically, I enjoy following:

Jen Agg (@theblackhoof) (toronto restaurateur/provocative/badass)
Helen Rosner (@hels) (new yorker food writer)
Charlotte Druckman (@cettedrucks) (journalist and author)
Stella Parks (@bravetart)(amazing baking recipes and great how-tos)

They are often talking about/interacting with Food People about the Food Culture zeitgeist, so following their links I feel like I pick up a lot of conversations.
posted by hepta at 10:00 AM on June 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

Pasta Grannies
posted by sallybrown at 10:34 AM on June 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

I have Bon App├ętit and its sister site Epicurious, Food & Wine, Saveur, Eater and Serious Eats in my regular rotation of food sites I visit.

This stuff is my jam so I am watching this Ask with interest!
posted by urbanlenny at 12:07 PM on June 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

Oh and Corey Mintz on Twitter. He writes a lot about the politics of food.
posted by urbanlenny at 6:27 AM on June 19, 2019

Ok, after a look through my YouTube subscriptions, I follow a pretty broad range of food-related channels. Perhaps some of them will be of interest:

Townsends for awesome historical cooking techniques and recipes.

Edgy Veg for fun and approachable vegan cooking.

Cocktail Chemistry for deep dives into drinks and cocktails.

Silently Cooking for food ASMR.

Nourish for soul food.

Vegan But Lazy for easy vegan meal prep and desserts.

Eat The Pizza for all-pizza, all the time, with fun quirky recipes and delightful hosts.

Liziqi for beautifully produced, seasonally appropriate traditional Chinese cooking.

Binging with Babish for great cooking skills and the food from the movies.

Brothers Green Eats for awesome techniques and fun explorations of short-ingredient-list recipes. They have just wrapped up the channel and I'm not sure what's happening going forward but the backlog of videos could keep you going for months.

Emmy Made in Japan for taste tests, vintage recipes and fun gadgets.

Tipsy Wok for drunk cooking lessons.

Munchies for incredible street food.

The 99 cent Chef for budget-friendly recipes and fun little stop-motion videos.

Maangchi for approachable Korean home cooking.

Hot For Food for vegan comfort classics.

Yuka Kinoshita for crazy, delicious looking mukbang.

TarraDarraBros for Australian backcountry catch-n-cooks.

On the blog front, if you aren't already aware of them, I love Dinner, A Love Story, Minimalist Baker, and Budget Bytes.
posted by DSime at 8:52 AM on June 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

RSS feeds yo. If you really want to dig into the insanity that i subscribe to take a gander at a quick OPML export:
posted by zsh2v1 at 2:29 PM on June 20, 2019

Chinese Food Demystified is expert level cooking instruction and commentary by a Chinese woman and American man living in Shenzen. There's a particular focus on Sichuan cuisine. My Name is Andong is a well produced cooking show that covers a variety of cuisines in an engaging way. And Glen & Friends Cooking is a Canadian home cook doing a very conventional cooking show but with interesting projects (recreating soda flavors, wood fired pizzas, Depression-era cooking, etc).
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