The weekend is the perfect time to set up shop on your favorite sofa and let your eardrums do the walking. We've rounded up a few favorite podcasts that will send you on all kinds of exciting culinary adventures, and you won't even have to budge. Listening to a food podcast can be surprisingly more fun than watching the same old here's-how-to-roast-a-chicken shows. So pour yourself a cup of tea—or a glass of wine, or a cocktail—load up on your favorite snacks, and check out these entertaining, insightful and food-forward podcasts:
Each week Zach Brooks, creator of the popular blog Midtown Lunch, interviews a chef about music or a musician about food, revealing a wonderful cross-pollination of interests. He recently traveled to Texas for the South By Southwest fest and gathered enough meat for four episodes.
Geek out with Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley as they explore the fun, science-y wonders of food with engaging spirit. Episodes are released every other week, with the current 'cast focusing on caffeine.
Heritage Radio Network is a fertile source of awesome shows about food, broadcasting from two converted shipping containers in the backyard of fabulous Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's. The Food Seen, hosted by photographer Michael Harlan Turkell, illuminates his dynamic world, where food, art and design converge. You can "eat with your eyes," as he puts it, just by listening.
Ever wanted to brush up on pretzel history? Another favorite from Heritage Radio Network is A Taste of the Past, which isn't just old school—it's waaay old school. Culinary historian Linda Palaccio goes on a fascinating journey that sometimes dips back to the B.C. era, always finding a way to tie it in to what's happening today.
Los Angeles radio station KCRW was one of the first to clue in to the value of having an amazing program dedicated to food. Evan Kleiman hosts a consistently compelling audio magazine by talking to a wide range of food culture creators. Jonathan Gold (the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic and star of the new documentary City of Gold) makes regular appearances too, and Good Food enables you to have his weekly restaurant recommendations texted to your phone.
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