One of the things that originally attracted me to Nashville was how beautiful the metro area is. It reminds me a lot of West Virginia with lots of green rolling hills and farmland. You can drive 20 minutes from most points in the city and be in the country – really in the country. It’s taken me years to learn the back roads that snake around through some of the outlying areas and I’ve found a lovely back road route to work. My commute is about 30 to 45 minutes most days which sometimes is the high point of my day. While I drive, I usually listen to books and podcasts to keep my mind occupied and it makes the drive fly by. When I’m in a podcasty mood, there a few food related podcasts that keep me coming back.
The Splendid Table is hosted by Lynn Rosetto Kasper. She’s a cookbook author and she seems to know everything there is to know about cooking. Her show is a mix of interesting guests and call in questions from listeners. I love her show because she has a wide range of food related topics so you never know what you might hear.
KCRW’s Good Food
Evan Kleiman hosts this show based in and focused on Southern California but don’t let that put you off. While the show talks a lot about Orange County, most of her topics are broad enough to interest foodies everywhere. Maybe it’s me, but I’m fascinated by the weekly check in with the Santa Monica farmers market and the L.A. restaurant reviews.
A Taste of the Past
This podcast appeals to the nerd in me. Linda Pelaccio is a culinary historian (yes there are culinary historians) who talks to authors and scholars about the history of different foods, culinary traditions, holidays, etc. This one caught my attention when I was looking for some recipes from the Downton Abbey era and ran into this episode. I was hooked. If youre not a history buff you should still give this one a try.
WFIU Public Radio produces this show with host Annie Horrigan. It focuses on the Indiana sustainable food movement and throws in some recipes and cooking tips. While I’m not necessarily a food activist, I like keeping up with what’s happening in the industry – particularly with small growers and producers. If you’re interested in the farm to table movement, this one is for you.
America’s Test Kitchen
Who doesn’t love Christopher Kimball? This podcast is more or less an extention of the America’s Test Kitchen TV show which I love. There’s a lot of practical cooking advice, product reviews, and a few completely random food related topics. Some of my favorite contributers from the tv show make regular appearances so the podcasts feels very familiar.
How to Listen to Podcasts
If you have a smart phone, there are several apps you can download to access podcasts. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. Just download the app, search for the podcast you want, and the app with do the rest. Right now Podcast Addict is my favorite because it’s so easy to use, but they’re all very similar.