The Best Food Podcasts

Delectable podcasts to inspire you in the kitchen from chef interviews to sound-bite recipes and life stories as told through food:

Honey and Co: The Food Talks 

What began as a small cafe in Fitzrovia serving up Middle Eastern splendours, Honey and Co grew so popular that it expanded to incorporate Honey and Spice, the food shop up the road and Honey and Smoke, the Middle Eastern grill on Great Portland St as well as several cookbooks. The sell-out evening Food Talks are held live at the original Honey and Co in front of a small audience and then recorded as podcasts. Guests include cooks, chefs, supper club hosts, food writers and critics from The Observer’s Allan Jenkins to Laura Jackson and Alice Levine. On 21 May Signe Johansen, Norwegian-American cook will be talking about her latest book Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One. Buy tickets for the event here or look out for the podcast at the end of May.

Violet Sessions 

Perhaps its the familiar sounds of the Violet Bakery in the background from beeping cake timers to grinding coffee machines that makes this podcast series feel so friendly and intimate. It’s essentially worry-free earwigging on some fascinating chats hosted by chef and food writer Claire Ptak and journalist and broadcaster Danielle Radojcin with well-selected guests from Ruthie Rogers to Mary Katrantzou.

Desert Island Discs

The archives of Radio 4’s all-time classic, Desert Island Discs make for hours life-affirming listening. The podcasts feature many leading chefs including Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Antonio Carluccio and a vintage episode with Delia Smith interviewed in 1982.  Our favourite cookery episodes have to be Yotam Ottolenghi, Ruth Rogers and Angela Hartnett.

Desert Island Dishes 

A foodie spin-off of the Radio 4 classic, chef Margie Broadhead dips into the lives of her guests with all-important questions like ‘what’s your favourite sandwich?’ and ‘what’s the first thing you learnt to cook?’ The result is a charming conversation that charts life’s journey via food experiences. Guests include Skye McAlpine, Mark Hix, Liz Earle, Dolly Alderton and Ben Branson, and it’s just getting started. A word of warning, listening will make you hungry, Thomasina Miers’ description of the BLT from her childhood had me frying bacon for breakfast.

The Doctor’s Kitchen Podcast

Dr Rupy Aujla’s podcast focusses on eating for health. Along with a panel of health experts from NHS Consultants to World Health Organisation experts, the conversation revolves around nutrition and wellbeing. The latest episode is all about sleep, including what to eat and when, and the digestive benefits of sticking to regular mealtimes.

Cook the Perfect 

Comforting 10-minute soundbites taken from Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Leading chefs talk you through just one of their favourite recipes – Nigel Slater on Dark Chocolate Spice Cake, Signe Johansen on late-night miso ramen, Samin Nosrat on Pasta alla Puttanesca etc.

Talking Tastebuds 

Venetia Falconer talks to a guest each week about their life with food. With a lean towards life stories more than food and cooking, heart-to-heart’s include Deliciously Ella on the whirlwind romance that altered her business and Tom Kerridge on losing weight as a Michelin-starred chef.

The Delicious. Podcast

Delicious magazine’s weekly podcast is produced like a radio show complete with jingles and guest interviews, recipes and general chit-chat. Expect the same tone as you’d find in Delicious magazine, well-researched and upbeat editorial over the airwaves.

— Daisy Allsup
2nd May 2018