Podcast listeners grew by 23 percent from 2015 to 2016 and have grown by 75 percent since 2013.
In fact, 57 million Americans listen to podcasts and it’s no wonder, when there’s a podcast out there for everyone — book nerds, tech geeks, business marketers and foodies included.
Food podcasts are the topic of today’s article. There are so many out there that it is hard to know where to start.
Everyone has a connection with food — after all, everyone has to eat. The world’s obsession with good food has a long and documented history.
Just take a peek at TV listings or Netflix options: “The Great British Baking Show,” “Top Chef,” “Chopped,” “America’s Test Kitchen” … the list goes on and on.
Believe it or not, there are just as many wonderful foodie podcasts out there. So here is a list of five brilliant food podcasts:
Best-selling cookbook author and food story enthusiast Lindsay Cameron Wilson is the host of The Food Podcast.
Wilson is an amazing storyteller and each episode is a story. Her voice is strong, the people she highlights are compelling and the episodes are just long enough.
This podcast probably appeals to me particularly because Wilson approaches her interviews in a journalistic fashion. Only not in a boring way, but in a manner that really digs in and get to the meat of the subject while still being concise.
The Food Podcast is great for those with commitment issues — only one episode is released a month!
Two food writers, Matthew Amster-Burton and Molly Wizenberg, created Spilled Milk in 2010.
With three published books to her name, Amster-Burton has been writing about food since 1999. Wizenberg started the food blog Orangette and has two best-selling books to her credits. Both are an absolute blast to hear.
New 20-minute episodes are released weekly and focus on a single topic, such as tater tots or root beer. It’s definitely worth a listen.
If you are willing to put in a little more time, give A Taste of the Past a shot.
Hosted by culinary historian Linda Pelaccio, these episodes delve into the history of food.
Recent episodes have centered around pho, handwritten recipes and woks.
As a person who loves history, this niche within the food podcasting genre is really appealing to me.
This is a more comic-type podcast, The Sporkful is a slightly tongue-and-cheek approach to a “foodcast.”
A great example is a recent episode titled “Is Sandwich Sexism Real?”
In this episode, a listener asks host Dan Pashman to find out whether or not delis make smaller sandwiches for women than for men.
While this type of episode easily could be annoying, it is approached in such a humorous and un-serious way that it actually comes off as hilarious instead.
So if you like a side of humor with your main dish, check this out.
The brains behind Food52 created Burnt Toast, which is a really fun, informative podcast.
A episode last year followed the journey of a cookbook that was nominated for the James Beard Award.
So while this won’t appeal to everyone, it will appeal to serious foodies.
Burnt Toast also features a really great journalistic storytelling format.
These episodes also generally are between 25 to 30 minutes in length.