I’m really into podcasts. It started with Serial. I found the storytelling so compelling and engaging that I found myself randomly texting friends and family members to them to download it. My obsession turned me into a part-time salesperson for Serial and I wish I could have earned some sort of commission. But seriously, if you haven’t already, listen to Serial now.
While I wait for the next season of Serial, I’ve found some other really great podcasts. I like to listen to them while I am driving, cooking, doing chores, or getting ready for the day. They are great fillers for those times when you are getting stuff done but still looking for a little entertainment.
This ‘show for people who love to eat’ is full of interesting interviews, unique stories, and fun call-in questions. I’m always amazed by host Lynn Rosetto Casper’s deep knowledge of ingredients and cooking techniques when she answers calls from listeners. She’s encouraging and enthusiastic and makes listeners feel like they can conquer even the most daunting of kitchen tasks. I learn a lot from this show and I always enjoy checking out the recipes posted on the accompanying website.
2. The Sporkful
This is the newest addition to my regular podcast line-up, but it’s quickly becoming a favorite. Host Dan Pashman is funny, entertaining and tackles offbeat subjects. In one of my favorite episodes, Dan went to the Campbell’s Soup Test Kitchen and took his listeners along for the tour. Even if you don’t spend much time in the kitchen, you’ll enjoy this podcast that’s more about eating than cooking.
I’m a fan of everything America’s Test Kitchen produces and I especially love this podcast. Each show features an interview with a prominent figure in the food industry, a product review, and a review of a recipe from the test kitchen. Additionally, they will answer questions from readers who call in during the show. It’s entertaining, informative, and you’ll improve your cooking by simply listening.
4. Spilled Milk
I was drawn to this podcast because I love Molly Weizenberg and her books A Homemade Life and Delancey. She hosts Spilled Milk with Matthew Amster-Burton and as they describe it, together they ‘combine food and comedy in a bowl and stir it up until it explodes.’ It’s silly, a little crazy, and a lot of fun.
Joy is joined with Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean and each week they talk about ‘totally important unimportant things.’ It’s less food-related than the other podcasts I’ve listed here, but it’s still a lot of fun to listen to. It’s candid and funny and you feel like you’re having a conversation with your best friends. This one has gotten me through some long drives.
So, are you into podcasts? What are some of your favorites and when do you listen to them? Is Adnan guilty? Let’s chat.