Favorite New Podcasts: Homefries

2011_07_31-podcast.jpg Do you listen to food podcasts? Have you experienced Homefries yet? Born at the beginning of the summer, Homefries is taking off and we can see why.

First, it's actually a group of four different podcasts, so you can choose which one you're most interested in. From The Simple Mom dealing with parenting issues to The Crush, a weekly far-from-pretentious wine talk, or The Table Set which delves into the big, bad world of entertaining -- so many aspects of daily home life are covered. The goal of the podcasts is to move beyond blogging and into audio and video that celebrate family, community, and food.

The Joy the Baker podcast with Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean is one of my favorites for the casual banter, witty observations about daily life, and inspired recipes. It's engaging in a way that so many food podcasts are not: it's a little lighter and the two women don't hesitate to stray and discuss topics like whether or not to wear shorts in the summer or the appropriate time to break out Sky Mall on an airplane. For that reason it's not only informative but entertaining. And I don't know about you, but that's just what I need when I'm cooking or baking in the kitchen: light banter, a few good jokes, and some food chit chat.

Tracy's laugh is contagious and the two riff off one another beautifully. If you're looking for a pretty narrow food-focused podcast, this one may not be for you. But if you're looking for an enjoyable foray into the world of clothes, food, travel and "boy stuff," then check it out.

Check out their most recent episode: I Like Going Places

Related: Cooking with a Podcast: 5 Food Favorites and a Few Extras

(Image: Joy the Baker Podcast and Baddog Flickr Page)

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Megan is a freelance writer, recipe developer and cookbook writer. Her first book, Whole-Grain Mornings, (Ten Speed Press) is available in bookstores nationwide. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.