Whether you are going on a long road trip or want something to listen to while you clean the house, podcasts are one of the best ways to make a not-so-exciting activity more fun. I have spent many hours listening to all kinds of podcasts: news, comedy, pop culture, in-depth investigations. You name it, I’ve heard it. It’s no surprise that my favorite podcasts to listen to focus on food. What’s great about the foodcast scene is there are so many ways to start a conversation about the culinary world. These niche podcasts have some of the most unique episodes and discussions because of their laser shape focus into one part of food culture. There is truly a podcast for every type of foodie, and I’m here to run down the top 10 podcasts for everyone no matter what their interests.
For the Southern Foodie: Gravy
Gravy is perfect for any foodie obsessed with learning more about the American South. Co-creator and host Tina Antolini explores one food story in each 20- to 30-minute long episode that reveals more about the cultural shifts and changing political climate in the South. Through speaking to local chefs about their restaurants and customers, listeners begin to understand how immigration, stereotypes and traditions are affecting Southerners. Episodes “Where Mexico Meets Arkansas” and “Where Kentucky Meets Somalia” dive deeper into how food connects communities that face racism, while more lighthearted topics include an in-depth look at Dollywood’s food offerings and the story of how hippies coming from San Francisco to Tennessee commercialized soy foods.
For the News Foodie: Eater’s Digest
If you didn’t already guess, Eater’s Digest is produced by Eater and hosted by Editor-in-Chief Amanda Kludt and Multimedia Producer Daniel Geneen. Listening to these two banter is one of the best reasons to tune into this podcast. Their energy and passion for each topic they cover is undeniable, and the insider knowledge they have on the happenings in the culinary world means you’ll always stay up to date when they explore the biggest stories of the week. Episodes are released every Friday. The first half includes one longer story with expert guests, while the second half is the weekly story roundup. This fast-paced foodcast is perfect for a drive or workout.
For the Funny Foodie: Spilled Milk
Comedian hosts Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton are guaranteed to make you laugh on this chatcast about different types of food. Each week Wizenberg and Amster-Burton choose just one food item to drive their conversation. With over 400 episodes, you are bound to find a topic that interests you. Past episodes include “Taco Salad,” “Pocky Sticks,” “Kimchi,” and “Pancetta.” Listen to these two crack food jokes, talk about the cultural significance surrounding each item and their own experiences with it.
For the Feminist Foodie: Radio Cherry Bombe
Women are often overlooked in the culinary world for their male peers. Only five female run restaurants were listed in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2019. This discrepancy is widely spoken about in the industry among organizations like Eater and Bon Appétit, but there is no media company doing more for women empowerment in the food industry than Cherry Bombe, and their accompanying podcast, Radio Cherry Bombe. Each episode features female chefs, bakers, stylists and cookbook authors who are redefining how women are perceived in the industry. Some of their best interviews are with household personalities like Christina Tosi, Misi Robbins and Rachael Ray.
For the Upbeat Foodie: Bon Appétit Foodcast
Bon Appétit YouTube lovers created a new cult following for the company and their test kitchen recipes back in 2017. With editors becoming celebrities for many foodies around the country, Editor-in-Chief, Adam Rapoport, mostly stays behind the scenes to host the weekly podcast. There is no rhyme or reason with topics for the show other than featuring “anyone who has something cool to say about food.” This can make some episodes like “Our Fall Wine Checklist” shine in an exploration into natural wines while others may fall flat like “The Fall Playbook.” This podcast is great for foodies who love an upbeat food story, but may not be consistent listeners.
For the Relaxed Foodie: The Splendid Table
Sponsored by NPR, The Splendid Table follows the mellow vibe of the public radio. In culinary world terms, listening to this podcast is similar to watching Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten. Each episode leaves you chilled out and little more knowledgeable about food. Every week Francis Lam talks with heavy hitters and rising stars to celebrate food’s ability to bring people together and change lives. This podcast is very similar to the Bon Appétit Foodcast except where they differ in tone. You can’t miss episode 670. Lam talks with Noma founder René Redzepi on his journey and the fermentation processes at the world’s best restaurant.
For the Intellectual & Sustainable Foodie: Bite
If you are someone who wonders where your food comes from, how it’s made or how it’s affecting the farming industry, Bite is the podcast for you. It digs deeper into the dark side of food. The hosts use investigative journalism techniques to explore some of the food world’s most pervasive cultural and sustainability problems. In October 2019, Bite launched a special series of episodes under the title “Eating in Climate Chaos.” While not a lighthearted listen by any means, Bite’s exceptional storytelling skills will keep you captive until the very last second.
For the Quirky Foodie: Proof
America’s Test Kitchen takes a nontraditional approach to foodcasting. Instead of interviewing chefs and going over recipes, Proof raises some of the funnier and downright odd questions its hosts have about food. The episode titles explain the podcast topics perfectly. Listeners can choose between questions like “Can Pistachios Spontaneously Combust?,” “What Weird Things Did Presidents Eat?,” “Can You Bake A Cookie In Space?” and “Why is Ranch so Addictive?” The hosts discuss each strange topic in 10-to-15 minutes, so this podcast is perfect for anyone who has a short attention span.
For the Trendy Foodie: Meat and Three
Going off of the Southern saying “meat and three” this podcast features one main story as the meat each week with three smaller stories as sides. You’ll be able to stay up on the latest trends and culinary hot spots with the various stories in every episode. For anyone that wants to impress their other foodie friends, but don’t have a lot of time to keep up with the ever changing culinary scene, this is the perfect podcast for getting a succinct rundown of all of the information you could ever need.
For the Historian Foodie: Burnt Toast
Food52’s food podcast supplies you with the “perfect pieces of snackable dinner-party fodder all inside of a commute’s time.” In each episode, listeners learn the history behind some of the most iconic parts of everyday food life. Have you ever wondered why American breakfast staples are eggs and bacon? How about the reason why people love spicy foods? With over three seasons of material, Burnt Toast explores so many questions you’re bound to find a few answers that delight you.