Disclaimer: These Podcasts will completely change the way you look at food.
No, you don't have to be a foodie, these podcasts are for everyone; whether you want to dive deep into finding where your staple pantry ingredients come from, or you just want to learn the perfect way to assemble a BLT sandwich, all the information is just one podcast away.
Home Cooking by Samin Nosrat & Hrishikesh Hirway
One of the top food podcasts was started by Samin Nosrat along with co-host/musician Hrishikesh. The venture started in the beginning of the world-wide lockdown with a four-part series. Samin & Hrishikesh would take an ingredient and discuss the many ways in which it could be cooked. There are episodes like, "Bean there, done that" which addresses the soak or not to soak (the beans) debate. There is also "Here's what else you Knead to know today", where they tell you that it is unacceptable to make a birthday cake with wheat flour. Samin answers various ingredient-involving questions of the callers and effortlessly narrates the recipes she would make it at her home kitchen. You might not necessarily be familiar with American staple pantry, but Samin's laughter and Hrishi's puns will keep you listening.
David Chang, a name attached to the restaurant industry and many culinary shows gives insight and his perspective on the hot topics concerning the restaurant industry. He talks about things ranging from stress eating through the American election to 33 rules for becoming a chef. He is often joined by guests like Milk Bar's Christina Tossi, Cookbook author Priya Krishna, and "Taste the Nation" host Padma Lakshmi. The show is an open stage for various topics that need to be addressed, discussed, and debated. Some of the best episodes are Revolutionizing Japanese Food in America, Hasan Minhaj on Comedy as a Conduit – discussing the similarities between food and comedy, and the Beauty of Indian Cuisine with Madhur Jaffrey. For those familiar with Chef David Chang and his humour, there's a lot to learn from each episode.
Pooja Dhingra, crowned macaron-queen of India, pastry chef, and owner of Le 15 Patisserie started her own podcast in 2018. One of the top food podcasts of India, she hosts free-flowing conversations with chefs, restaurateurs, and friends from the food industry. Her guest list includes well-known names from the culinary industry like Thomas Zacharias, Gary Mehigan, and Rashmi Uday Singh among many others. Pooja's effortless conversation with her foodie friends and mentors makes you feel involved as she pulls down walls built behind closed restaurant doors. Stories of failure, struggle, hope, and success bring forth real stories of various food personalities. It is a light podcast that discusses India's love for Masterchef Australia, the creation of the first restaurant guide in India, and the journey of a chef that began with his grandma's recipes.
Food Bloggers and Home Chefs, Archit and Shirin, dive into interesting topics that should be discussed but are often overlooked, like the sense of smell in our food, breakfast basics, cold brew secrets, and quarantine dinner parties among many more. The podcast is an extension of the conversations Archit displays on his blog, Life of Simple Treats (LOST). Archit & Shirin bring a familiar and relatable quotient to the podcast by talking about their trials in the kitchen which makes you have an aha moment throughout the series!
Hosted by Vikram Doctor, a clear-eyed investigator of Indian food, and a historian, this podcast documents the changing face of food. Vikram Doctor discusses a plethora of topics like the phenomenal success of the household favourite, Parle G biscuit, how hill stations gave India its sweet tooth, Indian Muslim foods are more than just kebabs and biryani. The list of interesting episodes is endless. Doctor is a prolific storyteller that makes us aware of the food that has shaped and defined our Indian food experience. He winds up his podcast within 12 – 15 minutes but what he says stays with you.
If you're a Bon Appetit video and magazine nerd, this one is for you. All your friendly neighborhood video friends including Molly Baz, Andy Baraghani, Brad Leone, Chris Morocco personalities sit down with the podcast team every Wednesday to discuss topics like – ''not all bread is yeasted'', ''the life of a recipe'', ''the power of chopstick'', among many other things. The podcast has been a big hit and is currently on its 275th episode. Bon Appetit weaves together the videos, podcasts and magazine content to keep the shelf life of the recipe alive and make it more accessible to the audience. If you love banter on topics like the best chocolate chip recipe, this one would be a shame to miss!
Gastropod dives deep into food via the dual lens of science and history. Yes, this one leans towards academia in form of a podcast. It's like reading a peer-reviewed research paper where Cynthia & Nicola give us a detailed insight on farming-related topics, history of snacking, and even hangover food. Though the topics can be easily skimmed, the hosts choose to go down the rabbit hole while they discuss the hidden history and surprising science with food experts. Their research involves interviewing various historians, lab visits, and even archaeological digs that help the host inform us about the meticulous details of the discussed topic. Did you know that the word curry came from a colonial misunderstanding? You can find out more about this here.
We're back, we're hungry; if this rings a bell, then you know you need to hear this one. The creators of Highway on my Plate, India's much-loved food travel show narrate their food journey through this podcast. They narrate some of the memorable episodes and share behind the scenes of the making of the show. They revisit their travels across untouched corners of India, share trivia of the cuisine, and give us the best recommendations that can come in handy once normal travel life resumes. Episodes touch on tales like Biryani-hopping in Hyderabad, Karnataka's egg obsession, Yak Meat dish from Arunachal Pradesh, and Delhi's famous Kareem's. Plates to podcasts, there's no denying the infectious energy of Rocky and Mayur and this series gives us an insight on their journey eating their way through India.
The Sporkful gives you a full disclosure with their tagline: it's not for foodies, it's for eaters. This James Beard and Webby award-winning podcast launched in 2010 and still continues to humour their audience through the food lens. Sporkful's host Dan Pashman is the star of the show who keeps the guests on their toes through debates like what is the best way to eat jelly donuts? Is the ideal cookie chewy, crunchy, or crispy? Why is pizza accepted as American, while wonton soup is considered foreign? You don't need to be a serious food reader, uptight restaurant critic with great vocabulary, or a food connoisseur to love this podcast. It takes a simple topic and gives it a fair chance to be discussed with an open mind and silliness. After all, food is subjective.
We often don't talk about the glorious cuisines of India like Parsi food. This podcast dedicated to Parsi cuisine narrates recipes that are not just Dhanksak. Hosted by Perzen Patel, also known as Bawi Bride talks to friends, home chefs, and Parsi food entrepreneurs who give us a clear picture of how the cuisine has evolved. Parsi dairy farm products, authenticity v/s innovation, and discussion on how Parsi food can be made accessible. You don't have to wait for Navroz to gain some much-needed information on this cuisine.
Ritika is the newest team member of India Food Network India. She graduated with a Bachelor�s degree in Mass Media and specialized in Advertisement. While studying, she interned with food and travel networks like NDTV GoodTimes and Living Foodz. After graduating, she continued working in the food industry which involved managing a culinary studio. She was mentored by India�s finest Pastry Chef and further went on to develop recipes for her second cookbook of healthy desserts. This propelled her to join Masters Program in Gastronomy at Boston University and after completing her education, she has worked in various profiles - from writing restaurant reviews to creating social media content.