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Favorite Food Podcasts for Learning About Cooking

Favorite Food Podcasts for Learning About Cooking

The podcast world has essentially made it possible to become self-taught on just about any issue.  It’s so easy to learn while driving or working out, and it certainly makes the down time in traffic more enjoyable. 

My top food podcasts have helped me so much, providing knowledge, a personality that I don’t tire of, and consistent weekly updates.  There are many different kinds of foodie podcasts, but the list below includes those that have stood the test of time for me, and I wouldn’t miss them.

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Why Listen to Food Podcasts?

When I first started farming I became enthralled with (and addicted to) farm auctions.  I brought home so much junk during that period of my life that my husband came close to starting a big, and secretive, bonfire.  Fortunately the auction phase ended and most of the stuff has been sold (or burned lol).

As the farm and the business grew, I became more and more interested in marketing.  I mean what good is it to have a great product, if no one really knows about it. 

Working on a pretty tight budget, I decided the time was right to try and understand technology and the associated marketing avenues.   But where to start?  I didn’t grow up with technology and could barely text message. 

After getting an ipod nano for a gift (remember those?), my kids introduced me to podcasts.  Holy Cow, what a gift that has been.  I discovered there were wonderful ways to keep learning where truly knowledgeable, experienced people would teach you anything you desired…and for free!

I quickly became addicted and immersed myself in technology and business podcasts to try and learn about blogging and the technology and marketing world in general. 

It was like going to college….for free!  I have learned so much about blogging, photography, marketing, and yes, food.  I was plugged in to my headphones constantly…during pilates, in the garden, at home and in the car.  It was a little embarrassing actually, but when you’ve got an addictive personality, you get over embarrassing things pretty quickly.

So, after two years of this immersion into the podcast world, I have developed favorites in each subject.  Since this blog is focused on food, I thought I’d share my favorite food podcasts.  Maybe another day I can talk about the business podcasts.  Those were a godsend for the tech-neaderthal that I was.  I tell my kids I am now “tech-saavy”.  They don’t buy it, but they have to admit I have progressed. 

Anyway, here are my favorite food podcasts.  They cover the range of food-related topics, from recipes, to history, to chef interviews, to science, to health.  Enjoy! 

Top Food Podcasts:

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Seattle Kitchen by KIRO Radio: This is a fun podcast with two premier chefs in the Seattle area co-hosting. They interview interesting people in the food industry, they offer the how-to on cooking seasonal food, they answer write in questions and include foodie games. The relationship between Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau is authentic and fun. There is a focus on Pacific NW foods (but not only) including a lot of great information around seafood.

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Weekly Dish: For me, this is the best information on what is happening in the local twin cities food scene.  The two Stephanies, one a food editor of the Minnesota Monthly magazine and one an avowed foodie and radio personality, are fun, knowledgeable and  full of inside information on local chefs, local restaurants, local farms, and markets. They also go beyond the chef interviews and interview the whole gambit of local food people, from butcher to baker to ….well I guess not candlestick makers yet.  Oh, and they give out great recipes.

Milk Street is a big go-to, never miss podcast for learning.  Between the hosts, the interviews and the call-in questions I never fail to learn something about the foodie/wine/cooking world that I didn’t know before. Often the call in questions elicit the best learning, as it is on-the-spot responses to all kinds of food/cooking questions.

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Well there you have it.  I’m sure there are different “tastes” on what kind of food shows you like to listen to.  This collection of podcasts that I listen to gives me a breadth of personality and information that I can’t believe I can access so easily.  It’s kind of an amazing world we’re living in right now.  Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks Jess, I will certainly tune in and give it a try!

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