If you’re spending more time indoors and attempting to learn some new skills in the kitchen, you may want to start listening to a cooking podcast. Jumping on the bread-making bandwagon may seem like a great start, but if you’re a little less experienced in the kitchen, this may be something hard for you to do. If you’re looking to hone your cooking skills a little and love a good podcast, then you’re in luck. There are a bunch of amazing podcasts that you can listen to that will help you gain experience in the kitchen without having to drop a dime.
These podcasts can come anywhere from your favorite restaurant, the latest and greatest restaurant news, or maybe learning a little history of your favorite recipes. These are some of the best food podcasts for any home cook.
Doughboys is a popular podcast you’ve probably heard of. The hosts go to some of the most beloved and popular restaurant chains that line America. The podcast hosts are comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger and their end game is to review different fast food or sit-down chains that can include anywhere like Pizza Hut to Culvers. The podcast is available on iTunes and Stitcher.
Cookbook author and photographer Michael Harlan Turkell host this podcast that is focused on food and gives you a bunch of cool history and some facts that you will love to share with your friends. The podcast is currently in its third season, and past episodes have talked about the world’s spiciest foods, world record with giant vegetables, and more. You can listen for yourself on iTunes, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.
Being stuck in the house during quarantine isn’t the best, and host Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway realize that. The chef and author of “Salt Fat Acid Heat” decided to start this podcast to help others figure out what to cook during the lockdown. The podcast is a mini-series, so it won’t last forever. Still, the current episodes are filled with helpful information on how to make a fantastic recipe only using pantry staples, including canned fish. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher.
Copper & Heat
If you want to get a good behind the scenes of the restaurant industry and see what it’s like in their kitchen, listen to Copper & Heat. The podcast talks about issues in the kitchens that include gender, race, and privilege issues. The podcast is so good and popular; it won the James Beard Award which is hardened out to the best restaurants in American but can also be given to food podcasts. Listen for yourself on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher.
Southern cooking is the way to some people’s heart, and the Gravy podcast recognizes that. This podcast dives deep into the evolving food cultures of the American South where you can learn all about the history of a biscuit or where Moonshine came from. They even investigate the love between Southern and Mexican food. If you want to learn more about this classic food staple, listen on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or their website southerfoodways.org.
Andi Murphy hosts this podcast that centres on Indigenous cuisine. Murphy is a member of the Navajo Nation, and her podcast has won awards as it explores the traditions of Indigenous food and how it is used today. She also deep dives into what we can expect in the future with this cuisine, plus she interviews guests like restaurant owners, farmers, scientists, and more that are all involved in the Indigenous food industry. The podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.
Milk Street Radio
This hour-long podcast and public radio broadcast started in 2016 and is still going strong. Each week host Christopher Kimball and his team help answer listeners’ questions that can be about cooking, food, culture, and more. The podcast also has guests like Ed Currie, Red Allen, and John Whaite. You can listen for yourself, and maybe ask a question, one iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher.
Food, We Need to Talk
With Food, We Need to Talk host Juna Gjata, and Dr Eddit Phillips talks about the science that goes into healthy eating and different diet trends. Each episode has its focus that can include stress-eating and how it affects your body if you should take supplements, and exercise that burn fat. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and WBUR.
Nordic Food Lab Radio
Foodies are said to love Nordic cuisine, which is made up from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. The podcast focuses on the lab’s work with ingredients and culture from Nordic countries. In one podcast they took a look at the Chaga mushroom, and another revolved around the origins or baking bread. Listen on iTunes and Soundcloud.
I’ll Drink to That!
Wine lovers rejoice, this is a podcast for you. Former sommelier and podcast host Levi Dalton talks about the wine industry and has conversations with wine-makers, vineyard owners, and authors. Listeners will learn a little more about the industry and get a great history of wine from different regions and producers. You can listen on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.
Listening to a podcast is a great way to educate yourself and learn something new in the kitchen. Not all of these podcasts focus primarily on cooking, but you can learn the history of some of your favorite food and learn how to pair two different cuisines together to make a fantastic recipe. All of these podcasts are free to listen to and are great when you’re browsing your pantries or making dinner and want a little sound on in the background.