I once heard it’s not recommended to go food shopping when you’re hungry, but should you listen to podcasts on an empty stomach? Food for thought. The jury’s still out on this one. Try not to get hangry, and in the interim, perhaps feast your ears on some fun conversations about food.
For foodies and eaters alike, these shows will serve listeners with ample portions of recipe inspo, playful banter, and tips about food and culture:
“The Sporkful” is brought to you by Dan Pashman and Stitcher. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating it Wrong and author of the book Eat More Better, the show’s storytelling caters to “eaters” rather than “foodies.”
The show tackles truly important food questions such as if it’s okay to wipe your oily hands on your legs after snacking, why the ice cream machines at McDonald’s always seem broken, and how prison ramen saved an inmate’s life. Ayesha Curry recently appeared as a special guest. And in March and April of 2021, Dan went on a quest to develop a new pasta shape, create the product, and sell it. He documented his process in a 5-part portion of the podcast.
Always Hungry with Bobby Flay and Sophie Flay
The father-daughter duo chats candidly about cooking, recipes, and life on this iHeartPodcast Network show. Bobby is a chef and TV personality and Sophie is a reporter. The two previously worked together on the TV program, The Flay List, a New York City dining guide. New episodes of the podcast are released on Tuesdays.
A Hot Dog is a Sandwich
Chefs Josh Scherer and Nicole Hendizadeh comically debate and investigate controversial culinary topics like what the best hot sauce is on Ramble’s “A Hot Dog is a Sandwich.” Guests are invited to thrash out subjects like flour vs. corn tortillas and ponder if the ocean is actually a soup. Previous guest stars include Gabriel Iglesias, Max Miller, Curtis Stone, and more.
The Splendid Table
Food journalist Francis Lam chats about how food, people, and culture are interconnected on American Public Media’s “The Splendid Table.” Recent episodes highlight discussions of grilling with guests, a conversation with cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey, and stories about the cookware and tools in your kitchen.
Food with Mark Bittman
The former New York Times food journalist and author Mark Bittman chats with foodies, chefs, celebs, farmers, and activists on Airwave Media’s “Food with Mark Bittman.” Aside from sharing information and advice for an all-ages audience, Mark’s special guests contribute to making the show fun. Mark invites listeners to call in with questions to be answered on the show.
Food Network Obsessed
Food Network presents the podcast “Food Network Obsessed” for the channel’s fanatics. Hosted by Jaymee Sire, the show features Food Network stars, chefs, and hosts to dish on what happens behind-the-scenes and musings on food in general.
Hosted by Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum, this iHeartPodcast Network show interviews chefs, consumers, and others involved in the culinary arts. Listeners discover the history, science, and culture of food & drink. As you’re listening, the hosts like listeners to keep central questions of food preference in mind: why are we inclined to prefer certain foods over others and how can we find more of what we enjoy?
Hosted by chef/author Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway, creator/host of the podcast “Song Exploder,” Radiotopia’s “Home Cooking” was developed during quarantine. It helps listeners decide what to cook and eat.
From Allrecipes comes Homemade, a podcast honors food, good stories, and culinary creators. Author, chef, and Food Network star Martie Duncan hosts to contemplate topics like repurposing leftovers and firing up the grill. Special guests are featured on a weekly basis.
Inside Trader Joe’s
Do you shop at Trader Joe’s? Ever wondered why Trader Joe’s Crew Members exclusively wear Hawaiian shirts? This Trader Joe’s podcast might be of interest for you as it provides an insider’s look at the history of the company + what it’s currently cooking. The podcast speaks with people from different departments in each episode with a focus on central themes like spices. Sometimes shopping lists with new products are included in the episodes.