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Here's why I would choose Table Manners with Jessie Ware as my desert island podcast

Jessie and Lennie FTW.

RECENTLY I WAS asked to choose one podcast I would take with me to a desert island.

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Long gone are days when your ‘desert island decision’ revolved around the discs you might choose, or the meal you would happily survive on, and in its place, is the podcast you would seek solace from until help came or nature took its course.

I’m a podcast obsessive, and have – to some extent – replaced music as the soundtrack to my daily life. Walks, gym sessions, meal preparation, and even bedtime, have been replaced by the chatter of strangers.

In considering the question, I realised that there is somewhat of a pattern when it comes to my choice in podcast, and on the whole I tend to favour ones hosted by two women.

While I – somewhat ironically – count Desert Island Discs among my favourites and regularly listen to male-led podcasts, the ones I anticipate with most excitement are the ones with two women at the helm; The High Low with Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, Mother of Pod with Sophie White and Jen O’Dwyer and Table Manners with Jessie Ware and her mother, Lennie.

I deliberated long and hard over the question – longer than the person who posed it expected to wait and much longer than the audience around us deigned to listen – and eventually decided that Table Manners would be coming with me to my desert island.

If you have never heard of it or have even stumbled upon it and chosen to skip over it, I urge you to seek it out or, indeed, revisit it.

Direct from her own dinner table, singer, Jessie Ware, along with her mother Lennie, discuss food and family with their weekly celebrity guest. Oh, and they cook a three-course meal for that person as well.

It’s warm, charming, funny and the type of broadcast that makes you wish you were there; nestled around the table in Jessie’s London home, tucking into a dish and delivering your own food and family-related anecdotes.

While the guests, on the whole, have brought their own magic since the show’s launch in 2017, it’s the mother/daughter relationship at the heart of the podcast which truly captivates.

It’s hard to feign the genuine closeness that exists between Jessie and Lennie, much like it’s hard to disguise the irritation that sometimes manifests itself between them; it’s heartwarming, authentic and regularly provides a snapshot into the complexities of the mother/daughter relationship.

Comforting and illuminating in equal measure, Jessie and Lennie have created a world you don’t want to merely orbit, but wish you could land into feet first, before pushing them directly under the table.

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