Do you even podcast? All of a sudden being podcast literate is necessary to function in many social situations.
Some love motivational talks others are glued to the latest true crime series, but there’s one genre of podcast that we can all relate to, those that centre around food.
Food intersects with all of our lives in more ways than we think, it’s part of our every day lives, cultures and communities.
So even if you don’t class yourself as a ‘foodie’ (that term is rather cringeworthy) you can guarantee there’s a food related podcast out there you’ll want to binge on.
I recently admitted I was ‘getting into’ podcasts on Instagram, jumping on the bandwagon, but it’s more accurate to say I’m ‘getting back into’ the habit.
During my Masters in Food Business and time working as Deputy Editor of TheTaste.ie food podcasts were my bread and butter – particularly while lazing on a beach, when even lifting a book was too much effort.
So, food podcasts I know. Read on for my pick of 10 food podcasts that will satisfy every type of food lover.
1. With Relish
With Relish is a Dublin-based bi-weekly podcast that explores Ireland’s blossoming food industry.
With the backing of series producer Ian Doyle, hosts Aoife Allen and Harry Colley speak to some of the country’s most exciting and innovative chefs, food producers, writers and anyone shaping Ireland’s culinary landscape.
2. Burnt Toast
Food52, if you’re not already familiar, is an online hub packed with the best recipes and cooking hacks on the internet.
Their multiple – including dedicated gluten free and vegan pages – Instagram accounts are also a must follow for drool-inducing food photography.
The Food52 team’s Burnt Toast podcast is just as engrossing. Host Michael Harlan Turkell focuses on a different aspect of food culture in each episode, providing you with abundant dinner-party fodder with each listen.
3. Table Manners with Jessie Ware
Feeling peckish but don’t want something heavy? Table Manners with Jessie Ware is light and easily digestible.
The singer invites you into her Dalston home where you’ll listen in on her and her mum Lennie, a chef, making dinner, and chatting to friends over the dinner table, who happen to be well known guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics.
4. Desert Island Dishes
First broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 in 1942, Desert Island Discs is radio royalty. Desert Island Dishes is a twist on the original format that sees chef Margie Broadhead talk to a special guest each week about the dishes that have shaped their lives.
Each episode ends with the guest choosing the last dish they would devour before being cast off to the desert island. To finish, chef Margie shares a recipe inspired by one of the guest’s dishes.
5. The Food Chain
Food geeks this one is for you. From the BBC World Service, The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.
Think episodes dedicated to what it’s like to be a caterer for Meghan and Harry, how #MeToo is relevant in the food industry, and why exactly horse meat is a taboo in some parts of the world and not in others.
6. Talking Tastebuds
There’s a strong Irish contingent in the archives too, with The Happy Pear, Dr Hazel Wallace (‘The Food Medic’, see below), Laura Whitmore and Roz Purcell all featuring.
7. Radio Cherry Bombe
There are more female entrepreneurs than ever before and no more so than in the food and drink industry. Radio Cherry Bombe interviews the coolest and most creative of them.
From chefs and wine makers, to food stylists and writers, host Kerry Diamond chats to these culinary queens in a light hearted fashion. You’re going to love the theme song, “All Fired Up,” too.
8. The What’s Cooking Podcast
Always dreamed of opening up your own cafe? The What’s Cooking Podcast is for you.
Elizabeth Kerr (@elizabethkerr__) and Kat Wood
(@katbakeslondon), who both run baking businesses in London, chat weekly to fellow food entrepreneurs about how they started from scratch, the obstacles they’ve overcome and what continues to get them out of bed in the morning.
FYI, the gloriously gooey cookie featured at the top of this article is from one of their guests, Izzy Hossack, a must-follow on Instagram for similarly indulgent (but sneakily healthy) recipes.
9. Kimberley Wilson’s Food and Psych
Food is so much more than fuel. Presenting the latest research in Nutritional Psychiatry, in this podcast, Chartered Psychologist, award-winning food producer Kimberley Wilson explores the psychology of food and our relationship with it.
Fun fact: Kimberley was also a finalist in The Great British Bake Off. So that’s why she might look so familiar.
10. The Food Medic Podcast
Okay this one isn’t always strictly about food, but naturally nutrition plays an integral part in this health and wellness oriented podcast from Irish, London based, Doctor, PT, blogger and bestselling cookbook author Hazel Wallace, a.k.a The Food Medic.
Together with leading experts in their field, Hazel shares evidence based advice on how to live a healthier life and cuts through the myths that flood the internet and the media in a balanced and measured way.
Featured image credit: Izzy Hossack