foodie entertainment

From food-themed Instagrams to Netflix docuseries, there's plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained as a foodie online.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a foodie is "a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads." Before the rise of the internet and social media, that usually meant classic movies, like Brotherly Love, or high-stakes TV shows, like the Food Network's Chopped.

Lucky for foodies around the world, the internet has given people plenty of new ways to keep up with the trends involving food and drink. Here is Vox's guide to the essentials.

Netflix Shows

If you're looking for something light-hearted and fun, Netflix is currently releasing episodes of The Great British Baking Show Collection 8. Filmed in England, each season features a group of amateur bakers competing in a series of themed challenges. The best baker of the week is crowned star baker, while the worst baker is sent home.

Rotten is a Netflix original docuseries that's anything but light-hearted. The show focuses on issues within the food supply chain, and each episode features interviews with manufacturers, distributors and others involved in the process. 

Taco lovers will enjoy Taco Chronicles, a Spanish-language docuseries that celebrates one of the world's favorite foods. Each episode explores the history and preparation of different taco styles. The visuals are mouthwatering, so you definitely shouldn't watch this one on an empty stomach.

Podcasts 

Home Cooking is a podcast that began earlier in 2020 to help people figure out how to cook during quarantine. Hosted by Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway, each episode teaches you how to make the most out of your pantry items and get creative with cooking. Their most recent episode has great ideas on how to make the most of Thanksgiving this year. The episodes are available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.

Each week on Radio Cherry Bombe, host and and co-founder of Cherry Bombe magazine Kerry Diamond talks with women in the food industry. The podcast features a diverse set of topics and women to discuss them. Most recently, they've been featuring guests in a mini-series that aim to help you celebrate the holidays no matter where you are or who you're with. You can listen to the podcast on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.

If you like comedy podcasts, Face Jam could be the one for you. Every other week, hosts Michael Jones and Jordan Cwierz eat and review limited fast food menu items. Though it sounds simple, the two often go on tangents — from the shenanigans they get into while ordering the food to how silly food marketing can be. The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Stitcher.

YouTube Channels

Babish Culinary Universe, also known as Binging with Babish, is a classic that deserves recognition. Not only is the show produced incredibly, its topics are unique. Whether you need general tips for cooking or want to watch host Andrew Rea make a specific, beautiful dish, this channel has it all.

Mike Greenfield is the host of Pro Home Cooks. These quirky videos are easy to follow and extremely helpful for anyone trying to cook interesting and inexpensive meals. Greenfield also has online courses in perfecting sourdough bread and brewing homemade kombucha.

No one will forget the viral videos of cakes that didn't look like cakes that took the internet by storm in 2020. Yolanda Gampp, the host of How to Cake It, makes these cakes on her channel. She breaks down each recipe and step so well, you'll almost forget you probably can't do the same at home.

Instagram Accounts

Columbians should absolutely be following Savor Columbia's Instagram, @savorcolumbia. The locally-run account consistently posts about restaurants around town, including new eats and old classics. If you're stuck on eating at the same places in Columbia over and over again, this account is perfect for you.

Great British Baking Show alumna Benjamina Ebuehi's Instagram, @bakedbybenji, is the perfect place to look if you want minimalist baking inspiration. She often shares recipes and how-tos for things like classic chocolate cakes or elegant peach galette. Professionals and newbies will both enjoy her content.

If you're looking for more plant-based food inspiration, Rachel Ama from @rachelama_ is your go-to. Her recipes show that vegan cooking doesn't have to be boring, from her take on vegan cinnamon rolls to ginger orange mushrooms. Ama also shares her favorite vegan make-up and skincare brands.

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