Nov 25, 2012

Feast Your Ears!

Hopefully, you are not feeling as stuffed as Thursday's turkey. Since it was just Barry, Brock (12), and me up here on the mountain, our menu was modest and nontraditional. We were satisfied but definitely not stuffed.

I listened to my favorite food podcasts today. Much of my blogging inspiration is derived from this resource. Yet, I mention podcasts to others and often receive a blank look. Some acknowledge being familiar with sermon podcasts, but nothing beyond that.

pod·cast • /ˈpädˌkast/
Noun: A multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc.

My most favorite podcasts had their beginnings on local radio. The hosts eventually made replays available via podcasts. Fans could then listen at their leisure and as many times as they wanted. Stitcher and iTunes are my preferred apps for listening, and many websites offer streaming and/or audio links.

I enjoy a variety of themes, particularly food. However, I am not just interested in recipes and restaurants. I love the culture and science of food. I am curious about chef's and their cooking philosophy; organic and local food; as well as sustainable agriculture. 

Evan's program is local to Los Angeles. Jonathan Gold's food reviews are focused on the LA and Orange counties. Good Food's website states: 
Your weekly treat from Evan Kleiman. By tuning in to Good Food, you can discover great restaurants that you've never heard of, the politics of consumption, explorations of cultures through their food customs, and some of the most interesting people who devote their lives to various elements of the food supply.
Lynne began, years ago, as an early morning talk show host on Minnesota Public Radio. Since then, she has received 2 James Beard Foundation awards and her broadcast is in syndication. Lynne's bio shares: 
The late Julia Child was a steadfast advocate of The Splendid Table and appeared on the program numerous times. Among the parade of outstanding guests are food activist Michael Pollan, author of such books as The Omnivore's Dilemma and Food Rules; film director and writer Nora Ephron; famed Spanish chef José Andrés; the late director Ismail Merchant; food writer Anthony Bourdain; chef Mario Batali; Franz Ferdinand lead singer Alex Kapranos, who is also a food critic; and classical violinist extraordinaire Joshua Bell, who enjoyed an in-home cooking lesson from Lynne.
Food reviewers Jane and Michael Stern "find the special, unique and idiosyncratic diners and eateries in cities and towns across America..."

This is one of my newer favorites. Once a month, Jessica leads listeners on a sojourn into the heart of food culture. She is articulate and the pitch of her voice is deep and resonating. Her website says this about her:
A culinary historian, Dr. Jessica B. Harris has lectured on African-American foodways at numerous institutions and colleges throughout the United States and Abroad and has written extensively about the culture of Africa in the Americas, particularly the foodways. An award winning journalist, Dr. Harris has also written in numerous publications ranging from Essence to Saveur to German Vogue.
There are additional podcasts on the Heritage Radio Network (located on the East Coast) — some more liberal than others. Be sure to check it out.

Bon appétit,


  1. Well, I learned a little about podcasts today. I wasn't really sure what they were for. Looks like you get some great info about cooking and food from your favorites. I suppose there are as many on sewing too.
    You have a beautiful blog, Karen. I'm going to check out your Pinterest and face book too. You are a busy girl.
    We used to live in the mountains too. (reading your profile) I miss it.

  2. Oh! Recently I found podcasts on my Iphone and listened to one about life in Provence. It was really, really down my alley and so fun.


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