Podcasts are becoming more and more popular as a source of information and inspiration. They are popular, in large part, because people can listen to them while doing other things, like driving to work, cleaning the house and doing one’s exercise routine. Rather than listen to music, people are choosing to listen to podcasts to learn new skills, to listen to personal stories and to catch up on the news.

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Here are 5 of our favorite podcasts about food:

1) Why We Eat What We Eat

While many food podcasts are fairly long running, with hundreds of episodes recorded, this podcast is fairly new, but is already getting lots of attention and positive reviews. “Why We Eat What We Eat” has a social and historical focus, with each episode looking into the lesser known history behind food trends and food movements. The episode about kale is quite fascinating -- we recommend starting with that one.

2) Bon Appetit Foodcast

From the amazing team behind the iconic Bon Appetit magazine comes their podcast or ‘foodcast’, which covers a wide range of food topics from interviews with famous chefs, food writers, stylists and restaurateurs, to episodes that offer help with food techniques and recipes. The episodes are very professionally done and easy to listen to in short segments if you don’t have a lot of time. You will learn a lot from these episodes, we guarantee it.

3) A Couple of Cooks

This podcast has a charming homemade feel, perfect for listening to while preparing food on the weekends. Hosted by husband and wife team, Alex and Sonja, the podcast tends to offer practical advice for making food at home, simple recipes, and lots of facts and information from experts that call into the show. A nice humble podcast for people just getting into making more of their own food.

4) Gastro Pod

If you’re interested in diving a little deeper into the science and production behind food this podcast is for you. Through fascinating stories and interviews the podcast explores food topics in interesting detail like the science of sourdough and the lesser known history of saffron. The podcast is very professionally produced and will not fail to deliver interesting nuggets each episode.

5) The Splendid Table

Finally, the Splendid Table is a delicious podcast that offers a delightful buffet of conversations, ideas and history. The host, Francis Lam, has such a pleasant voice, you could listen to him talk about just about anything. The show, while offering insight into food history and trends, and regional particularities in the USA, is really special in how it drives home an understanding of the special sort of memories and relationships we forge through food and food traditions. A must listen to podcast!

The vast majority of podcasts are free and available for download from the podcast websites, from the iTunes store, Stitcher and many other places on the web. So get listening!