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By Talya Honebeek

Food podcasts bring together two of our favourite things: funny and insightful conversation and, well, food. 

From chatting to celebs over home cooked meals in Jessie Ware’s Table Manners, to diving into the science of food in Gastropod, these are the best food podcasts to listen to now.

Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Best food podcasts Table Manners with Jessie Ware
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Hosted by singer Jessie Ware, Table Manners is the hit podcast that sees celebrity guests drop by to have a chat over a meal cooked by her fabulous mum Lennie.

Between Lennie’s hilariously cutting remarks and the candid nature of the conversations, listeners are made to feel like they too have a seat at the dinner table. 

With guests from the worlds of music, culture and food, our favourite interviews so far include Nigella Lawson, David Schwimmer, and the legend that is Dolly Parton. This is well worth a listen if it’s not already on your radar.

Off Menu

Best food podcasts Off Menu
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If you often find yourself asking the great food questions of life, like ‘poppadoms or bread?’ then Off Menu is the podcast for you.

Hosts James Acaster and Ed Gamble invite some of the biggest names from the food and entertainment worlds to order their dream starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink from their fictional restaurant.

Previous guests have included Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge and actor and comedian Greg Davies.

Sporkful

Best food podcasts Sporkful
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Dan Pashman’s Sporkful is an award-winning weekly podcast which tells you from the start that ‘it’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters.’

Each episode explores a different food item, from kitchen cupboard favourites to those lesser known foods we should really pay more attention to.

The clever podcast uses food as a tool to get to know people. Conversations dive deeper into issues like race, gender equality and body image.

Out To Lunch With Jay Rayner

Best food podcasts Out To Lunch With Jay Rayner
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Out To Lunch With Jay Rayner does exactly what it says on the tin. 

Each episode sees the world famous food critic take a celebrity guest out to lunch at a restaurant of his choosing. What follows is a great chat about all things food, and how it makes us feel.

Rayner has been joined by a wide variety of guests, from Stanley Tucci and Charlie Brooker to Dermot O’Leary.

Desert Island Dishes

Best food podcasts Desert Island Dishes
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Chef and food writer Margie Nomura hosts Desert Island Dishes, a podcast which puts a spin on Radio 4’s classic Desert Island Discs concept, replacing music with food.

Each episode sees guests talk about the dishes that have most shaped their lives, from the food they eat the most to nostalgic childhood favourites.

Top guests include former Bake Off judge Prue Leith, Michelin chef Marcus Wareing and the nation’s favourite fitness star, Joe Wicks.

Gastropod

Best food podcasts
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One for the food geeks among us, Gastropod delves into the science and history behind our favourite foods, and why we eat the way we do.

Why do we love olive oil? How did pizza become an American staple? These are just some of the questions answered by hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, who have reported on food, science and technology for years.

You are guaranteed to take away at least one fact that will amaze your friends from each episode. This one airs every two weeks rather than weekly.

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