a mash-up of radio & food
I spent about twenty minutes this morning looking through various charts and search results and the best I can figure is that there are two types of audio food podcasts that still exist: ones that are not popular enough to crack the top 200 on the charts, and those that haven’t published an episode in at least half a decade. Sometimes they belong to both categories.
My research is hardly complete, of course, but it just strikes me as singularly odd that in a web full of reviews, blog, general information, recipes, and shopping tools, the idea of the food podcast has drifted into the ethereal archives of ancient memory.
There used to be podcasts. I know I used to listen to a short but interesting list of eclectic podcasts that I only discovered because they hovered near the upper levels of the download and popularity charts. I’m not a deep-cuts kind of guy, so they must have been.
And I’ll fully admit two things: (a) I’ve not strayed too far from my podcast comfort zone in about four years, sticking to the list of eight or ten programs that I’ve listened to for years, and (b) audio is not the greatest medium for food programming.
And maybe that’s it.
I mean, spend a few hours watching the food shows that are currently cluttering up cable television and a couple clear themes emerge, both of them centering around cooking competition, kids who know their way around a kitchen, or both. Neither of those program formats are standouts for audio-cast friendly shows. If someone could figure out a way to share a moderately well-produced version of the mouth-watering, tension-inducing, cute-kid factor into a fully-audio weekly podcast, they’d probably clean-up on the ratings. Not that I’m in the habit of giving away great ideas, but that one’s on me: please do it because I’d add that to my playlist.
An curiously enough the seeming absence of food podcasting and simultaneous rise in competitive cooking also seems to correlate with the other changing food attitudes. I don’t think there is any direct relationship, but it’s interesting that the popularity of instructional cooking shows (a’la Julia Child) have diminished, the popularity of food information in audio format has (from my viewpoint) slipped, while the upward twist of food as a battleground both literally and personally has swept decidedly upwards.