Having a podcast in 2023 is what having a Tumblr dedicated to moustaches was to 2012. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when we, as a society, reached "peak podcast" – it was probably around the time that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they’d started one – but I, for one, am infinitely glad that they’ve infiltrated our listening habits and routines so robustly. Because I bloody love podcasts. Especially food podcasts.
Not only have podcasts introduced me to more mattress brands than I ever knew existed but I’ve found that food podcasts, in particular, have allowed me to further develop my knowledge of food and drink culture in an easily digestible format. Going for a long walk and listening to the bizarre history of cornflakes might not sound like everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re intrigued to know about how that breakfast cereal was initially created to be served to patients in an American sanitarium, then you’re probably on the right website. And you’re probably also on the lookout for a delicious food podcast to listen to while you cook one of our equally delicious recipes.
One of the benefits of the podcast is that it's a relatively easy medium to start. All you really need is access to a microphone and some basic editing software. While that low entry point might mean that the market is slightly over-saturated (apols to Harry and Meg) it also makes the podcasting scene more egalitarian. Podcasts have given a platform to a multitude of people who might not otherwise have allowed their voices to be heard by the mainstream media. Food podcasts like Take A Bao and A Hungry Society have been able to democratise that landscape and offer up a slew of listening options for whatever niche you’re interested in. From heavy hitters like Off Menu to newcomers like The MSG Pod, these are the best food podcasts out there.