PODCASTS DISH ON FLAVORS, HISTORY AND CULTURAL APPETITES
Podcasts seem to be cropping up everywhere, covering every subject on the planet — and for good reason. They’re free and can be listened to on your schedule using an app like iTunes, Soundcloud, Player FM, TuneIn, Google Play, Stitched, Spotify, etc. And because most podcasts run about 30 to 60 minutes, they’re not a huge time commitment. Looking for a few treats for your ears? Here are a few podcasts to snack on — though listener beware: Some of these podcasts may contain salty language.
HOUSE OF CARBS
A podcast "for the hungry people, by the hungry people." Host Joe House, nicknamed “The Podfather,” brings an infectious energy to interviews with celebrity chefs and authors like David Chang and Anthony Bourdain, restaurant reviewers and famous folks who love food. There’s even a great episode about South Carolina barbecue.
“Where food and culture meet.”The iconic magazine has been around since 1956, and has successfully branched into the tech world. In each episode, editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport introduces various expert staff as co-hosts and they discuss a broad spectrum of topics from fast food to fine cuisine to food trends, like forest to table and the best places to eat in America. The upbeat podcast features interviews with chefs and food writers and answers questions from listeners, offering tips on everything from freezing to dehydrating, how to cook grains and how to make the very best tomato sauce
CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET RADIO
Hosted by no-nonsense Christopher Kimball, founder of Cook’s Magazine, this podcast “anywhere and everywhere” to share the story of food and explore the cultures of the origin of that food. Along with Chef Sara Moulton, the podcast solves listeners’ culinary conundrums, features high-profile contributors from numerous fields, and shares recipes from Kimball’s test kitchen. Topics of discussion may include the secret of barbecue ribs, Mafia intervention in the pastry business, Helen Gurley Brown’s favorite food, and other subjects that make for enlightening listening
SPECIAL SAUCE WITH ED LEVINE
This James Beard-nominated podcast gives listeners a chance to be flies on the wall while Ed Levine interviews rock stars of the culinary world like Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Ruth Reichl and “famous friends and acquaintances both in and out of the food culture.”
This podcast describes itself as being for eaters, not foodies. In one episode, James Beard Award-nominated creator and host Dan Pashman discusses the art of the potluck and how if you tell guests what to bring, it is no longer a potluck — there has to be a certain degree of risk, hence the word “luck.” His deadpan humor mixed with insightful thoughts and observations about all things food is thoroughly entertaining. You will find yourself saying, “Hmm, I never thought about it that way.”
Produced in print and in podcast format by the Southern Food Allianceandwinner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Publication of the Year,” the podcastis hosted by John T. Edge and others who are “recounting stories of the changing American South told through the food we eat,” from the history of shad fishing industry to tacos, the Vidalia onion and the emotional life of eating.
THE SPLENDID TABLE
For years, Lynne Rossetto Kasper supplied a wealth of information about ingredients and food trends “for people who love to eat” with finesse, expertise and clarity, without being intimidating. New host Francis lam took over as new host earlier this year and is just as enthusiastic about food.
A TASTE OF THE PAST
Host Linda Pelaccio is a culinary historian who explores “the lively link between food cultures of the present and past.” Guests include authors and scholars who discuss ingredients, traditions and techniques from ancient times to today. Highly educational and informative, this podcast is perfect for serious home cooks, whether history buffs or foodies.
Host Cathy Erway is the author of “Showdown Comfort Food” and food blogger at Randwiches, about random sandwiches. She interviews food writers and cookbook authors, and listening in will make you want to go out and buy more cookbooks, no matter how extensive your home collection. Erway is an engaging host with just the right sense of humor and she brings out the best in her guests.
Hosted by Jesse Blanco, creator and host of TV’s “Eat It and Like It,” this podcast launched at the end of September. Each episode digs into popular topics that surround food in the South and will bring listeners one step closer to the people and places that bring them their favorite foods.