Maybe it's because of the Serial podcast hype, or maybe just because people are finally realizing just how awesome listening to free, sometimes informative entertainment is, but podcasts appear to be getting a surge of new interest.
Want to jump on the bandwagon in 2015 but don't know where to begin? If you love food (and if you're reading this, I bet you do), then these ten podcasts are a great place to start.
Where do you listen to podcasts? I tend to listen to them on the subway on my commute to and from work, and also while I'm cooking. These ten in particular provide a wealth of information and entertainment for all things food-related: the history of food, fermentation, manners, comedy in food, and more. Dig in.
10 Food Podcasts for 2015
All About the Food
The tagline for this podcast is "It's not for foodies, it's for eaters," which I think is a great window into the attitude of this show. Dan Pashman brings great people on to talk about the most small, yet interesting things about food. For example, in a recent podcast Pashman and L.V Anderson passionately argued about the difference between hashbrowns and home fries. (For the record, I'm team hashbrown.)
A Taste of the Past
In this podcast, culinary historian Linda Pelaccio walks you through the history of food and taste. Pelaccio brings in authors and scholars to wander thorough places and time including the food culture of ancient Rome, to the history of canned food. I'm just getting into this one, and I've learned a lot.
The Splendid Table
American Public Media's The Splendid Table covers a variety of different topics on food. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the host of the show, has a great way of getting people excited about food. For example, in a recent episode Kasper shows how to pair wine with common junk food and also talks to famed restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson.
Are you crazy about fermented things? Do you want to learn more? This is the podcast for you. Although its primary focus is home brewing, it also covers things like shrubs, ciders, and pickles. I'm new to home brewing, but I still find this very accessible and interesting.
People in Food
This podcast highlights the individuals in food who "defied conventions and shaped our food landscape." The podcast has had food personalities like Eric Ripert and Harold McGee on the show, to share their experience in food and how they got to where they are.
Radio Cherry Bombe
Cherry Bombe magazine comes out about once a quarter, but if you want more content (and of course you do), then this podcast is your gal. Host Julia Turshen talks with all of your favorite chefs, photographers, farmers, and TV personalities like Ina Garten.
Eat Your Words
Don't have enough space in your home to keep your cookbooks? Live vicariously through this podcast hosted by Cathy Erway, which highlights cookbook authors, their recipes, and stories.
Fun and Entertaining Podcasts
Dinner Party Download
This podcast isn't strictly about food, but it's gold. We've written about it first in 2009 and then again last year in 2014. The podcast is broken up into acts that follow roughly follow the course of a dinner party. Just subscribe and enjoy, OK?
Each week for this podcast host Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton dive into a single subject. Last week was all about carrots: The names for different carrots, their favorite recipes with carrots, and the giant carrots found outside of the United States. It's very entertaining.
America's Test Kitchen Radio
This podcast is probably the hardest to place on this list. It does a lot of things: It talks about food, people in food, and it can be funny. Overall, it's very entertaining and smart. For example, in a recent episode Christopher Kimball talks to people about manners in entertaining.
Those are our favorites — do share yours!
(Image credits: see links for sources; The Splendid Table; Heritage Radio; Dinner Party Download)