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With the ability to listen wherever, whenever, podcasts have taken over – with 41% of Americans listening to podcasts on a monthly basis. Of course, food bloggers, chefs, and restaurant insiders have jumped on the trend, building platforms to talk about their favorite part of the food world. From celebrity interviews to science experiments, these creators offer relatable stories and commentary, and build strong relationships with their audiences.
If you’re looking for food inspiration, or just want to learn more about the industry we all love, podcasts are an excellent place to check. Here are 20 great ones to start with.
- Radio Cherry Bombe
- Home Cooking
- Copper and Heat
- The Splendid Table
- Take a Bao
- Black Girls Eating
- Every Day is a Food Day
- Richard's Famous Food Podcast
- Milk Street Radio
- Spilled Milk
- Good Beer Hunting
- Smart Mouth
- Salt + Spine
- The Storied Recipe
- The Sporkful
- Cold Brew Chick
- Table Manners
Best interviews: Radio Cherry Bombe
If you’re looking for women empowering other women, Radio Cherry Bomb is your podcast. Host Kerry Diamond celebrates women within and around the world of food – from "Iron Chef" Judge Nilou Motamed, to celebrity chef Rachael Ray.
Best dinner inspiration: Home Cooking
Hrishikesh Hirway and Samin Nosrat (star of Netflix’s Salt Fat Acid Heat!) host Home Cooking – a podcast created to keep home chefs company and provide inspiration while cooking during the early days of the pandemic.
Most likely to teach you what 86’d means: Copper and Heat
A 2019 Winner of the James Beard Media Award for Best Podcast, Copper and Heat spills the secrets and reveals the unspoken language of restaurant kitchens. Host Katy Osuna interviews restaurant people, exploring and challenging the systems holding up the restaurant industry.
Longest running: The Splendid Table
At 25 years old, The Splendid Table takes the cake for longest-running restaurant podcast (on our list, at least). The Splendid Table, currently hosted by Francis Lam, features food, travel, culture, and more, with episodes coming out every few days.
Best co-host chemistry: Black Girls Eating
Through interviews with chefs, entrepreneurs, and other restaurant industry professionals, co-hosts Candace Boyd and Tonorria Askew make every conversation engaging. This dynamic duo’s show is focused on all the ways black culture has contributed to food, check out more here.
Most niche topics: Every Day is a Food Day
Think you know all there is to know about double stuff Oreos? Think again. From lawsuits to corporate greed, who knew there was so much to learn about cookies? Co-hosts Lia Ballentine and Anna Van Valin love to explore the niche questions around all your favorite foods – you can find all their stories here.
Funniest ramblings: Richard’s Famous Food Podcast
James Beard Award-nominated food writer Richard Parks doesn’t shy away from a tangent. From hilarious stream-of-consciousness conversations on truffles to a deep dive on the Christmas pickle, Richard covers it all. Honestly, it’s a hard one to fully explain – you’ll have to check it out yourself.
Best intersection of food and culture: Milk Street Radio
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio is another long-running podcast – exploring how integral food and cooking are to lives and cultures. Ever wonder how a melon could cost $13,000? Here’s your chance to find out.
Funniest anecdotes: Spilled Milk
Spilled Milk combines two of the best things – food and comedy. Co-hosts Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton talk about everything from salad spinners to cinnamon sticks, with hilarious tangents along the way.
Best for craft beer lovers: Good Beer Hunting
We had to add one in for our beer lovers! Good Beer Hunting interviews people from all parts of the beer industry – giving a deep dive into the ins and outs of craft beer history, making, and consumption.
Most likely to answer obscure questions: Proof
Created by America’s Test Kitchen, Proof tells interesting (often funny) stories, and answers the most obscure questions you could ever ask about food. Host Kevin Pang dives into the backstories of all facets of the food industry – you can check it out here.
Most star-studded: Gourmand
Gourmand is a podcast founded by two University of Pennsylvania students, Maggie Tang and Alaina Chou. These two focus their episodes on lessons learned from the unconventional career paths of their famous guests, identifying their successes and failures along the way. From Adam Richman to Joanne Chang, this podcast is nothing short of star-studded.
Best history lessons: Smart Mouth
Smart Mouth, hosted by former L.A. Weekly food editor Katherine Spiers, takes mundane topics and makes them interesting. From a full history of New York City restaurants to a discussion on school-provided lunches, Smart Mouth makes every topic binge-able – and teaches you something.
Best place to find a great cookbook: Salt + Spine
If you’re always looking for the next great cookbook, Salt + Spine is the podcast for you. Host Brian Hogan Stewart invites a new cookbook author on for each episode, deep diving into the story behind the chef – and offering some great recommendations for your next buy.
Best storytelling: The Storied Recipe
What are recipes if not storytelling? The Storied Recipe host Becky Hadeed has each guest bring their favorite recipe to share, and she makes it herself while explaining the heritage and history behind each one. And, her photographs are beautiful too – check them out here.
Most award-winning: The Sporkful
As a James Beard Award Winner, Webby Award winner, and honoree of the New York Times’ top 10 podcasts of 2021, you’ve probably heard of Sporkful. Host Dan Pashman launched The Sporkful in 2010, and over the past 12 years has done everything from interviewing some of the most influential people in the food industry to inventing his own pasta shape (mission: imPASTAble can be found here).
Most caffeinated: Cold Brew Chick
Host Rachel Dillon knows practically everything there is to know about cold brew. Over 75+ episodes, Rachel talks about how to make the best cold brew, learns the methodology behind it, and talks to those in and around the coffee industry.
Best mother-daughter duo: Table Manners
Jessie and Lennie Ware host Table Manners – a podcast all about the conversations that happen around a dinner table. Inviting guests from Ed Sheeran to Sam Smith, Jessie and Lennie talk about food, art, culture, and everything in between.
And there you have it! 20 of our favorite food podcasts sharing their content across the internet. Check them out for yourself – you’re guaranteed to learn something new.