5 food and drinks podcasts you should be listening to right now
There's gin, beer, wine and... the BBC.
Podcasts are growing at a fast rate. Pretty much everyone even remotely involved in the media or communication will swear that yes, "podcasts are the next big thing" and yes, "you should probably start your own if you want."
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Podcasts are essentially a digital series of audio recordings that users can download or stream and there's a podcast for everything. In a way, podcasts are specific radio programmes you can listen to, on demand, about specific topics you care about.
Well, we care about food and drinks so what I thought I'd do is put together a list of five food and/or drinks-related podcasts you might enjoy.
Gin Gals is an amazing podcast entirely dedicated to the world of gin (Richard will be pleased). As the name suggests, the podcast is hosted by an all-girl team and they cover both international gin news and, of course, local production and the local scene. I love how they manage to have diverse and varied approach and conversations about what one topic that's actually perceived as being kind of specific.
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They talk about a lot of different things including the Scottish Gin Awards (yes, it's a thing), distilleries and various festivals.
Honey & Co: the Food Talks
The name is long and convoluted by the quality of the podcast is next level. Honey & Co is a comprehensive podcast covering everything food related with a very specific format with one guest per episode.
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The hosts talk about food with chefs, food columnists, professional celebrity farmers (yes, they exist) and even waitresses and bartenders. They basically talk about things they care about and they go over different topics depending on whichever guest happens to be on the show. And it can be anything, a 360-degree outlook on the food world including things you don't actually eat. Last August, for example, they had an episode featuring David Burns and Austin Young, California-based artists and curators of an exhibition called "Food: Bigger than the Plate" at the V&A museum in London, England. The only thing that worries me, is their last episode was broadcast on December 13. I'm just hoping they'll keep on going because I quite like it.
Beer of the day
Other podcasts might be more stylish when it comes to things like their logo and the complex terms they use but I personally prefer Beer of the Day for two reasons. One, they do actually care what listeners think and say and two, they've got a direct approach which somehow feels refreshing.
It is all about beer, obviously, and they talk about anything beer-related with a no-nonsense, tell-it-how-it-is sort of attitude. If they don't like the beer, they're just going to say "there's better stuff out there", and explain why, if they like it, they'll just say "yeah, this is great" and explain why. Simple, honest and straightforward. Very much in tune with the times. And some of the metaphors they use are hilarious. I once heard them say "it tastes like steamed broccoli that's been in the fridge for four or five days".
Wine for Normal People
Wine for Normal People is an awesome podcast with a self-explaining name. It's for people who like wine but not, and I'm quoting, "the snobbery that goes with it". This sort of elitism isn't necessarily connected with price or availability and that's why the podcast covers all sorts of wine with a low-key, take-it-easy attitude.
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You can find great wine (nearly) everywhere in the world and that's probably why they jump from Texas and Long Island wine to vineyards in Piedmont and Sicily. If you're a wine person, if you truly, deeply appreciate wine, this is your podcast.
The Food Programme
The Food Programme is completely different from any other podcast on this list because it is hosted and produced by the BBC, and that means it is much more "institutionalized" and, in a way, comprehensive. It is also a lot older than most podcasts out there, having been first released in 1979.
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It covers everything. They talk about specific foods and dishes, food-related health concerns and the impact of food in culture and tradition. I'd definitely give it a listen.