Looking for something to listen to on your commute, want to learn something about the food we eat or are you after some recipe inspiration? We’ve rounded up five of our favourite foodie podcasts that will satisfy all those cravings. We don’t recommend you listen to them when your hungry though, snacks will be required.
Cook The Perfect…
Cook The Perfect is a podcast hosted by Woman’s Hour Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey. They’re joined by food writers and chefs to discuss how to make the perfect home-cooked dishes. Guests include Nigel Slater and his dark chocolate spiced cake, Rick Stein and his fish curry and Arabella Boxer and mayonnaise. And at around 10 minutes each they’re perfect bite-sized audio chunks.
The Food Talks
Recorded at the Honey & Co food store, this podcast doesn’t just talk to big names, rather they speak to everyone from chefs and food writers to waiters and thinkers about how they have made a life for themselves in the food industry.
Out To Lunch With Jay Rayner
Having launched this March, this is a relatively new podcast, so just a handful of episodes so far but it’s already something we’re hungry for more of. Each week, restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, takes a celebrity out for lunch at a different restaurant. So far he has dined with Mel C, Jamie Dornan and Mark Gatiss, expect great chat and witty anecdotes.
One of the best questions to ask someone on a date is ‘what would your perfect meal be?’ you can learn an awful lot about someone off the back of it, namely if you say ten tonnes of steak, cheese and chips and they say plain steamed broccoli and water then it’s unlikely you’ll be a match . This is the premise of comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble’s podcast, Off Menu. They invite guests such as Josie Long, Tom Kerridge and Rose McGowan into their magical restaurant where they can choose their favourite three course meal, side and drink
The best conversations happen over food, which is why singer Jessie Ware and her Mum, gather the likes of Ed Sheeran, Clara Amfo, Jay Rayner and Sandi Toksvig around their table to chat over their favourite foods. And it’s not just the guests, Jessie and her Mum’s relationship is so funny and warming that it’s like comfort food for your ears.
This podcast from everyone’s favourite, Yotam Ottolenghi launched at the same time as his latest cook book Simple. It seems as if the podcast has stopped at six episodes, but hopefully Ottolenghi will be back for another series. In the series he has spoken to the likes of Nadiya Hussain about her experiences of anxiety and just how much they both love cheese and Nigella Lawson about what she’s reading and how to host a dinner party like a pro.
BBC Food Programme
With episodes all the way back to 2010 The Food Programme from the BBC discusses everything from the food used to fuel the world’s biggest cycling events and rare British pig breeds to comfort food for dark days and the story of cheddar and why we love crisps so much. This is one to really tuck into, you’ll never be left wondering what to listen to on your commute again.
Desert Island Dishes
One of my favourite questions is finding out what people would choose as their last meal on earth, this is a slightly less morbid version as chef Margie Broadhead asks the likes of Liz Earle, Jo Elvin, Levi Roots, Mark Hix and Thomasina Miers the dishes that have shaped their lives and the dishes they would eat when they couldn’t eat anything else. After each episode Margie then takes one of the dishes to create her own recipe which you can find on the website. You’ll find a watermelon Greek salad inspired by Melissa Hemsley, a caramelised banana brûlée inspired by Annabel Karmel and the world’s best tomato sauce courtesy of Ruth Rogers.
Like the BBC Food Programme there are plenty of episodes for you to feast on (118 at time of writing), the podcast talks vegan tacos, Cornish tea, how to make the best sandwiches and asks why we are all so obsessed with food. Answer: because it’s one of the best things in life. That’s my answer at least. Each episode focuses on a couple of subjects rather like an audible tasting menu.
Bon Appétit talk to anyone who has something cool to say about food, whether that’s Chrissy Teigen making cheesy chicken Milanese or senior food editor Andy Baraghani discussing what you need to look out for when it comes to buying olive oil. We recommend listening to Jeff Goldblum who calls in to talk about oatmeal, sushi and eating every frozen yoghurt flavour.