The 6 Best Podcasts We’ve Kept on Rotation in 2021

I have been taking a lot of walks lately. Homebound (with an infant!) during a pandemic, there aren’t a whole lot of places one can go. So when it’s time for a change of scenery—which is pretty much daily—I load up the stroller, queue up a podcast, gra…

I have been taking a lot of walks lately. Homebound (with an infant!) during a pandemic, there aren’t a whole lot of places one can go. So when it’s time for a change of scenery—which is pretty much daily—I load up the stroller, queue up a podcast, grab my earbuds, and off we go. I’ve zig-zagged my Atlanta neighborhood while listening to a poet talk about her favorite overalls, two journalists explain Y2K, and a comedian deconstruct the story of the Hipster Grifter, just to name a few. Here are some of the podcasts that have soundtracked my days recently.


6 Best Podcasts of 2021

1. Maintenance Phase

Michael Hobbes (co-host of another beloved podcast, You’re Wrong About) and Aubrey Gordon (Your Fat Friend) put the snake oil of wellness culture under their critical magnifying glass, tackling everything from the Master Cleanse to Moon Juice to, yep, actual snake oil. I love a good debunking, but I also love the way these two bring empathy and compassion (alongside humor and some pretty rigorous research) into these conversations.

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This Podcast Is An Audible Dinner Party—& Everyone’s Invited

In the world of podcasts, you’ve got your culture talk shows, you’ve got your music roundups, you’ve got your food pods… But Food52’s Counterjam is here to remind us that genre is a construct. A “musical dive into the cultural identities behind the p…

In the world of podcasts, you’ve got your culture talk shows, you’ve got your music roundups, you’ve got your food pods... But Food52’s Counterjam is here to remind us that genre is a construct. A “musical dive into the cultural identities behind the plate,” the show mixes components of culture into holistic conversations about identity and belonging.

The host Peter J. Kim kicks off the season recalling his own experience as a Korean-American kid growing up in rural Illinois, straddling two cultures. Set to music by some of Kim’s favorite off-the-radar artists (don’t sleep on the synthpop throwback from the Korean-American singer-songwriter CLARA), Kim interviews the chef Roy Choi and the comedian Margaret Cho about the contents their refrigerators past and present—kimchi, Hamburger Helper, K-beauty prpoducts, peanut butter jars filled with deer blood—and how their parents’ cooking informed their relationships with food and with people.

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Make This Halloumi Curry While Listening to Our New Podcast

“Chickens have earlobes?!” Yes, yes they do. That’s just one of the ways your breadth of food
knowledge and food cultures will expand by listening to Either Side Eaters, our new show
launching on Food52’s Podcast Network, where we explore food cultures…

“Chickens have earlobes?!” Yes, yes they do. That’s just one of the ways your breadth of food knowledge and food cultures will expand by listening to Either Side Eaters, our new show launching on Food52’s Podcast Network, where we explore food cultures around the world (and literally, from either side of the Atlantic Ocean: Jen is in the U.S., Katie is in Europe).

We’re friends who share a deep curiosity about food and its influence in history, culture, and identity. It’s what has inspired us to create videos online for our global viewers for years now, which is how we became friends in the first place.

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Come for the Inspo, Stay for the Company

Compulsive recipe checkers, raise your hands. For scores of home cooks (myself included), an ingredient list goes in one eye and out the other, leaving us to pause mid-whisk to see if we’ve missed a step.

With Play Me a Recipe, that problem dissolves….

Compulsive recipe checkers, raise your hands. For scores of home cooks (myself included), an ingredient list goes in one eye and out the other, leaving us to pause mid-whisk to see if we’ve missed a step.

With Play Me a Recipe, that problem dissolves. Bringing you off the page and into the zone, this podcast has beloved cooks guide you through their favorite recipes, explaining when to add the spices and where to stop for stiff peaks.

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The 5 Best Podcast Episodes of 2021—So Far

Cranking up a podcast and settling into the rhythm of ingredient prep in my kitchen used to feel like a little luxury. These days, it feels more like a necessity.

Food and cooking podcasts infuse my kitchen with things that have felt rather hard to co…

Cranking up a podcast and settling into the rhythm of ingredient prep in my kitchen used to feel like a little luxury. These days, it feels more like a necessity.

Food and cooking podcasts infuse my kitchen with things that have felt rather hard to come by in the last year: inspiration, creativity, humor (oh, and human voices besides mine and my husband’s). Here are few standout episodes from 2021 so far.

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4 Swap-Worthy Cookies, Courtesy of Our Favorite Bakers

ICYMI: Last month, we launched cook-along podcast Play Me a Recipe, where hosts take you through their most treasured, oft-made, and iconic recipes. On the show, you’ll hear (and hopefully join in) as they whisk, stir, slice, dice, and bake their way t…

ICYMI: Last month, we launched cook-along podcast Play Me a Recipe, where hosts take you through their most treasured, oft-made, and iconic recipes. On the show, you’ll hear (and hopefully join in) as they whisk, stir, slice, dice, and bake their way through a recipe—offering insider tips, tricks, and backstory along the way.

Our new podcast!

We heard from The Splendid Table host, cookbook editor, and food writer Francis Lam on the Chinese American Thanksgiving Meatballs inspired by his childhood, teenage angst, and—of all things—Pizza Hut.

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Listen Up! We Have a Delicious New Podcast.

Back in March, we found ourselves cooking—and uncovering more purpose, satisfaction, and necessary escape in said cooking—way more than we ever had before, and we were wondering how we could connect to you all out there who might be experiencing the sa…

Back in March, we found ourselves cooking—and uncovering more purpose, satisfaction, and necessary escape in said cooking—way more than we ever had before, and we were wondering how we could connect to you all out there who might be experiencing the same thing.

We revisited beloved recipes: a biscotti favorite going back decades. An omelet sandwich from childhood. A fail-proof pan of crispy-yet-fluffy potatoes. Each time, we recorded ourselves as we talked through what we were seeing, smelling, tasting, remembering, and thinking along the way.

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The Story Behind Bryant Terry’s Marinade That Brings Vegetables to Life

The Genius Recipe Tapes is a weekly show from Food52’s new podcast network, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly Genius Recipes column and video series. This week, Kristen spoke with Bryant Terry about his Genius asparagus recipe.

This week …

The Genius Recipe Tapes is a weekly show from Food52's new podcast network, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly Genius Recipes column and video series. This week, Kristen spoke with Bryant Terry about his Genius asparagus recipe.


This week on The Genius Recipe Tapes, cookbook author, food activist, and chef Bryant Terry joins lifelong Genius hunter Kristen Miglore. They discuss Bryant's Atlanta (the TV show, not the city)-inspired lemon-pepper marinade, the musical pairings in Vegetable Kingdom, the technique of blanching then roasting vegetables, and how a silky tofu marinade-slash-sauce will breathe new life into any and all vegetables you may have forgotten in the crisper drawer.

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Hetty McKinnon on Bean Water, Tall Poppy Syndrome & Being Deviant in the Kitchen

The Genius Recipe Tapes is a weekly show from Food52’s new podcast network, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly Genius Recipes column and video series. This week, Kristen spoke with Hetty McKinnon about her Genius whipped hummus recipe.

Thi…

The Genius Recipe Tapes is a weekly show from Food52's new podcast network, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly Genius Recipes column and video series. This week, Kristen spoke with Hetty McKinnon about her Genius whipped hummus recipe.


This week on The Genius Recipe Tapes, cookbook author, recipe developer, podcaster, and salad-slinger Hetty McKinnon joins host Kristen Miglore to talk bean water, Hetty's secret double life in Sydney, and why it took a 9,000-mile journey away to get closer to home.

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The Story Behind Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley’s Un-Mess-Upable Shakshuka

The Genius Recipe Tapes is a weekly show from Food52’s new podcast network, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly Genius Recipes column and video series. This week, Kristen spoke with co-authors Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley about their new book F…

The Genius Recipe Tapes is a weekly show from Food52's new podcast network, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly Genius Recipes column and video series. This week, Kristen spoke with co-authors Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley about their new book Falastin. This transcript has been edited and condensed for clarity.


This week on The Genius Recipe Tapes, Falastin co-authors Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley join Kristen to discuss what it was like for Sami to rediscover and reimagine foods of his childhood, why Tara is a pathological quadruple-batcher, and the stress-free Scrambled Red Shakshuka from their book.

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