Non-Music Monday: What's Cooking Edition

​Last week we challenged your brain with podcasts about Technology and Science. This week, we’re treating your stomach with shows that teach you methods for home and office cooking, places to find quirky and interesting eats and the top news in the world of all things edible. Get your silverware ready and let’s dig in.

Get real about food with two-time James Beard nominee Dan Pashman, host of WNYC’s The Sporkful. Pashman’s series serves up answers to practical questions like “How do I cook my lunch in the office?” and “How do I eat spaghetti without making a total mess?” Not one to shy away fr​om more serious topics, he’s even brought in guests like comedian Ron Funches (Undateable) to talk about his autistic son’s eating issues. With the tagline “It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters,” you know you’re in good hands with this podcast.

Become an MVP at foodie trivia with Evan Kleinman’s Good Food podcast. Fill your appetite for knowledge about the history and culture behind the things we love to eat. Learn about barbecue (and whet your appetite for brisket) during an interview with Aaron Franklin of Austin, Texas’ famed Franklin BBQ, or discover the how and why behind our tipping habits when dining out or drinking at the bar.

There’s a special place in all our stomachs for Southern comfort food. Pair that with a side of celebrity conversation and you’ve got What’s Cooking with Paula Deen. This new podcast has already been entertaining listeners with conversations featuring everyone from Paula’s sons to the celebrity food world—Carla Hall (The Chew) and Jimmy Houston (TV host and “America’s Favorite Fisherman”) have already made appearances on the show.

Think of The Splendid Table as part news source, part lifestyle guide and part history lesson—always with the overall theme of food, of course. From fried chicken to mindfulness, to a lesson in how California’s drought affects almonds, this long-running podcast from American Public Media will enrich your understanding of our edible world. Bonus: there’s an episode titled “Wine and Cheetos.”