Audible Edibles: Radio food shows online

There’s something about listening to a food show on the radio.

Of course I am endlessly entertained by TV cooking shows: a little pseudo-cooking from a well-coiffed celebrity host in a pristine, Sub-Zero-sponsored kitchen; or maybe the high drama of competitive cooking looking all too easy with flashy knife skills and careful editing. It’s performance television, and most of us view it with the same slack-jawed passivity we assume when watching a CSI marathon.

But there’s just something about listening to a food show.
There’s an intimacy and immediacy to the disembodied voice in your ear, a connection that is rarely found through the high-gloss visuals of television. Fans of the genre claim that at its best, radio taps deep into their memories, pulling imagery from their brains in a way that video never does.

Radio is accessible just about anytime, anywhere: you can tune in the local station through the FM dial, subscribe via satellite service, stream shows live online, or download podcasts to numerous devices. There are shows for every taste from the big city polish of Los Angeles’ Good Food to Eastern Iowa’s recipe-swapping Open Line, with its repertoire of icebox cookies and new uses for canned cream of mushroom soup. Niche podcasters play to cultish audiences with the practical, the edgy, and the strange like the dairy discourse of Cutting the Curd, irreverently feminist Girl on Girl Cooking, and school cafeteria reports from the Renegade Lunch Lady.

Much of the best of food on the radio can be found on the lower end of the dial at NPR stations and The Heritage Radio Network, a relative newcomer that presents an eclectic lineup of live webcasts aimed at the hip, green-leaning, culinary do-it-yourselfer.

American Public Media’s the Splendid Table combines cooking tips, chef interviews, and lifestyle segments.

Cooking Issues brings one of our favorite blogs to life. Dave Arnold, the Director of Culinary Technology at the French Culinary Institute tinkers with the newest kitchen technologies, techniques, and ingredients.

Brand new to the airwaves, U Look Hungry is long-time blogger Helen Hollyman, who follows the people behind the latest cultural shifts across a broad spectrum of food, arts, agriculture, and activism.

The BBC’s The Food Programme produces thoughtful, in depth explorations of a broad range of culinary topics.



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One Response to Audible Edibles: Radio food shows online

  1. Oh Great!…now it won’t be just the pantry at home (it whispers softly down the hall to my home-office) calling me, but, a radio show that suddenly makes me veer into the next drive thru on the road…are there no safe places from impulse eating??? 🙂

    Seriously, pretty cool stuff you come up with.

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