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I listen to food podcasts to help me fall asleep. That’s not a dig at their quality or content — quite the opposite. Food podcasts are typically a calm audio oasis at the end of a busy day in a chaotic world. Gentle discussions about recipes or food facts is a great way to drift off to sleep.

If you are looking for a little slumber-inducing relaxation of your own, or something to help make the weekend jog go faster, here are a few of food-related podcasts we enjoy here at The Spoon:

The Sporkful: From WNYC, the show proudly proclaims “It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters,” and it’s true. Host Dan Pashman’s down to earth approach and curious mindset means you’ll always get a unique perspective on food and food culture. Good place to start: The Search for the Aleppo Sandwich.

The Splendid Table: It’s all in the title. This show is… splendid. Refined. Francis Lam recently took over hosting duties and helped make the show a “modern, multicultural weekly snapshot of the food world.” Good place to start: Eating in the Instagram Era.

Tech Bites: This show from hipster Brooklyn food-focused Heritage Radio Network covers all things food tech. Each week, Jennifer Leuzzi interviews founders on how they’re using tech to shake up the food system. Good place to start: 2018 Trends: Seaweed.

Milk Street Radio: Christopher Kimball’s new show is more global than his previous work on America’s Test Kitchen, but that just gives him a broader canvas from which to pull fascinating stories and interviews from interesting people. Good place to start: Nathan Myhrvold on Bread Science.

Healthy or Hoax: Is plant-based milk a fad or the real deal? Is your smoothie hiding things from you? New Zealand broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld ponders these questions and more on NZ Radio’s Healthy or Hoax podcast—a straightforward-yet-funny, evidence-based look at what’s behind all those food trends. Good place to start: Getting Milk Out of an Almond.

Of course, you can also listen to our podcasts for entertaining and insightful discussions about the future of food. Check out Mike Wolf’s recent chat with The Future Market’s Mike Lee about Reimagining The Grocery Store.

Do you have a favorite food podcast that you love to listen to? Leave a link in the comments below.

Special thanks to Catherine Lamb and Jenn Marston for contributing to this list.

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