For busy urbanites, audio resources are priceless. Here I've ranked the 10 food and health podcasts I can't live without.
The amount of time I spend each day commuting, doing lab work, shopping, cooking, waiting for people and avoiding pointless conversations would be unbearably painful without my trusty headphones. Now instead of wasting all this time, I use it to learn about my favorite things: food and health.
Podcasts are wonderful audio resources, perfect for keeping up on foodie news and finding inspiration for new culinary adventures. (I'm also addicted to audiobooks.)
Great podcasts are defined by the personality of their host. Foodies are passionate people and the best hosts effortlessly broadcast their love of everything culinary through a medium that transmits neither taste nor smell. Amazing when you think about it.
These podcasts are truly inspiring and always leave me hungry for more.
Tip! Set your iTunes settings to play back at 2x speed to cut your listening time in half. Videos only play at standard speed.
Top 10 Food and Health Podcasts
Times listed are at standard play speed
KCRW Santa Monica has an amazing weekly podcast exploring all things food. Host Evan Kleiman shares stories and food narratives from around the country, while Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold explores the vibrant LA food scene. I especially like Laura Avery's Market Report from the Santa Monica farmers market, a glimpse into what ingredients LA chefs are excited about through the seasons.
(30 minutes video)
Though we were all devastated by the news of Gourmet's closing, it hit me extra hard when I thought we might be losing their brilliant podcast as well. Luckily, Diary of a Foodie is scheduled to stay. If you love to travel and explore international cooking you will be instantly hooked on this utterly brilliant glimpse into native cuisines around the globe. But be warned, this podcast is a video and can make short time of your player's battery.
3. APM: The Splendid Table
Lynne Rossetto Kasper is an enchanting radio personality with a seemingly limitless knowledge and appreciation for food. Some of the most fascinating bits of information come from her answering callers' questions about interesting dishes they've discovered or what to do with a special ingredient.
I have yet to find a nutrition expert on the internet I trust more than Monica Reinagel, the Nutrition Diva. This quick and informative podcast is a fun and convenient supplement to her spectacular Nutrition Data blog.
Smart and irreverent, Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, tackle food issues big and small. The New Jersey based radio team has been described as "Car Talk, for food."
Though far from healthy, this junk food-based podcast with San Francisco radio personality Cammy Blackstone and geek foodie Leo Laporte is both hilarious and informative, and definitely worth working into your listening schedule. Haven't you ever wondered who invented the Jello shot?
(3-5 minutes video)
I love Mark Bittman (New York Times) for many reasons, not the least of which is his ability to bridge the gap between culinary decadence and mostly-healthy delicacies. These short videos are perfect mini cooking lessons for urbanites on the go.
National Public Radio has a knack for putting together quality radio shows, and NPR Food is no exception. Food stories from around the nation are interesting, informative and inspiring.
(3 minutes video)
Guest chefs and mixologists share their quick lessons on how to cook, shop, mix drinks and live like a foodie.
10. NPR: Your Health
Not exclusively food-related, but filled with useful health news and information.
What food and health podcasts do you love?
Darya is a scientist, foodie and advocate of local, seasonal foods. For more healthy eating tips visit her blog Summer Tomato. You can also connect with Darya on Twitter @summertomato and Facebook.