I love making dinner. Food is my thing, so I'm happy to mess around in the kitchen whenever, but I look at dinner prep as an opportunity for a tiny slice of me time.When I'm dying for a break in the day, I let everyone know that leaving me alone in the kitchen briefly will get us all to the table faster. Then I gather my ingredients, make myself a drink (sometimes iced coffee, sometimes wine), and catch up on podcasts while I chop and sauté. It's lovely. I know dinner prep is not every parent's favorite time of the day, so I came up with a list of essential dinner-making podcasts for everyone from the serious home cook to folks who'd rather be ordering take out. Shoo your family out of the kitchen, pour yourself a tasty beverage, and cue up one of these. You may find yourself opting for dinner duty more often. If you want to relax while you prep, I suggest: The Splendid Table" won both the James Beard and Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Awards. This podcast is kind of the thing that got me cooking dinner for my family after our first baby was born. We started listening to it as background noise to the fussiest time of our parenting day: the dinner hour. Slow paced and relaxing, we found it soothing to listen to knowledgeable folks discuss cooking delicious food, even if we weren't doing much of it ourselves. But it was so entertaining, we got hooked. We started listening religiously and eventually even tried some of the recipes. Ms. Kasper sounds like your grandmother's stylish friend who wears a ton of jewelry and knows everything about everything. During each episode she talks with a food professional (chefs, cookbook writers, restaurateurs) then takes calls from the listening audience and answers cooking questions. My favorite segment is always "Stump the Chef," wherein callers give her three ingredients and she comes up with a dish using all of them. Got only pickles, some yogurt, and a carrot in your fridge? She can tell you how to make dinner with it. Bonus: guest dispatches from Jane and Micheal Stern, authors of the "Roadfood" books and website, sharing their latest delicious discoveries from the highways and byways of America. I need that job. If you're a home cook who can't get enough of food blogs, try: food52. Hosted by Kenzi Wilbur with many special guests, Burnt Toast features recipes, conversations, interviews, and more. I recommend starting with the January 13, 2016 episode: When Kids, Parents, and Grandparents Predict the Future of Food. If you're looking for smart and inspiring food-centered conversation with cool creatives I recommend:
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