Last Updated: April 15th
Food is an intrinsic part of everyday life. We eat it from the day we come into the world, and continue to do so until we leave it. That makes us all, kind of…experts. At least, we’ve gotten in our ten thousand hours. So, it’s easy for food to be something we love to learn about, indulge in, and argue over. And a great medium for all of that is the podcast.
The best food podcast offers more than just a recipe or a critique. They offer insight as to why we eat what we eat, why we’ll stand in line for hours to eat a hot chicken sandwich, or why the food we’re craving matters. A great food podcast transcends the ordinary and nourishes your soul.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of our 25 favorite food podcasts right now. This is an evolving list and we’ll update as new pods come and old pods go. And if we missed your favorite food podcast, please tell us in the comments. We’ll give it a listen!
Toasted Sister is the podcast to listen to if you’re interested in learning about the Indigenous American foods that have been swept under the rug for far too long. Host Andi Murphy, from the Navajo Nation, welcomes guests to speak about everything from working in a professional kitchen to seed banks to food-focused business summits for Indigenous women. It’s a comprehensive look at the world of Indigenous food.
The best place to start is episode 14 with two-time James Beard Award winner Sean Sherman of The Sioux Chef. The episode is an in-depth look at why Indigenous American food was nearly destroyed and takes you to the frontlines with the people bringing it back.
THE RACIST SANDWICH
Soleil Ho and Zahir Janmohamed host one of the most fascinating takes on food culture being recorded today. The Racist Sandwich takes a deep and non-binary dive into the politics and history of food, how words and titles are used to keep cultures marginalized. All of this is filtered through a bit of humor and the hosts’ experiences in and around pro kitchens and the world of food writing.
The Racist Sandwich currently has 50 episodes in the bank. It’s a fantastic place to jump in is episode 39: Namaste Motherfucker. It’s a look at how the word “curry” is both diminutive and limiting of an entire set of varying cuisines. The episode hits every mark of what The Racist Sandwich has to offer.