Nom, nom, nom! You may know your way around your Lumia and PC, but what about your own kitchen, which has its own arsenal of gadgets?
Learn essential cooking skills, hear about the latest food trends from the food world’s most influential people, and make recipes provided by these top cooking and food-related podcasts for your Lumia or other Windows Phone.
The Splendid Table: One of the first podcasts on cooking is still the best. This award-winning weekly radio show and podcast by American Public Media debuted in 1997, and if you listen to only one food-related podcast, this should be it. The host, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, interviews chefs, cookbook authors, farmers, restaurateurs, on food news and trends and also offers yummy recipes (e.g. skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, Vietnamese coffee ice cream).
In addition, Lynn ably answers listeners’ questions on food. What can you do with a surplus of garden-grown tomatoes? If you’re traveling, how do you prepare quick and healthy meals in a hotel room? (Fact: You can make a tasty grilled-cheese sandwich with a hot iron, an ironing board, and aluminum foil). Listen and learn!
Start Cooking: Novice cooks will especially like this two-minute video podcast (or “vodcast”). The host, Kathy Maister, teaches you the basics of cooking (e.g. how to mince onions) and shows you step-by-step instructions on making essential dishes (such as roast chicken, tomato sauce) from scratch with no fuss.
Kathy focuses on solid, tasty “comfort food”—beef stew, pasta with lemon and garlic, brownie cupcakes—fare that every home chef should know how to make.
The Menu: This weekly podcast from British magazine The Monocle gives you “30 minutes of great food, drink and hospitality around the world.” The show features cuisines and people from Argentina to Tokyo and points in between.
For instance, you’ll hear from chocolatiers in San Francisco as well as get top burger tips from Melbourne and learn about some of the culinary secrets of the Ukraine. Hosted by gravelly voiced Markus Hippi, The Menu is essential listening if you want to keep up on global food news.
Spilled Milk: Billed tongue-in-cheek as “the show where we cook something delicious, eat it all, and you can’t have any,” this podcast delves deeply into one food subject. One recent episode focused on ginger drinks while another was all about nachos (compelling question: What’s the best cheese-to-chip ratio? Discuss).
Comedians and writers Matthew Amster-Burton and Molly Wizenberg are the podcast’s entertaining hosts, and yes, they actually do eat during the podcast.
The Sporkful: The tagline for this weekly half-hour podcast, “It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters,” gives you an idea of the show’s wide and eclectic range. One week, you may hear about kids’ interesting culinary creations (like the “condiment sandwich” I created as a second-grader), while another week, you may discuss whether you can love a picky eater.
Hosted by The Cooking Channel’s Dan Pashman (and author of the food guidebook “Eat More Better”), The Sporkful is smart but doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Hungry yet? Let us know if you check out any of these podcasts and if you make any of their recipes.