Harleigh Reid and Malaika Malz Talk .. Podcast ‘Sonder and Salt’

Sonder and Salt is a weekly food podcast, created by Harleigh Reid and Malaika Malz…

The podcast is a fresh take on all things food and culture and I think would be a perfect listen for readers, who can find an episode perfect for their taste.

Hosts Harleigh Reid and Malaika Malz encourage listeners to deepen their relationships with food through reflective conversations, infusing entertainment with personal stories while educating on all things related to food and drink.

We spoke to Harleigh and Malaika about the podcast and the inspiration behind it …

Please introduce yourselves …

MALAIKA: I am a casual content creator, based in London. My content is always rooted in my love for food whether it’s eating out, travelling to eat & explore or sharing recipes of my favourite meals. I spend a lot of my time on Instagram, but have lots of content on YouTube and a blog called Satiated.
HARLEIGH: I’m a London native and creative with over a decade of expertise in video editing and content creation. I’ve created social content for global brands, national press and record labels, but my content revolves mostly around eating, running and travel.

What word or sentence best describes your life right now?

HARLEIGH: Abundant.
MALAIKA: Eclectic.

You are the hosts of Sonder and Salt podcast about all things food and culture. Can you give us some more insight into what you talk about, who you talk to, and why you felt the need to create this podcast?

MALAIKA: Most of the conversations are held between the two of us, but we often host chefs and cookbook authors.
HARLEIGH: No one was having the conversations about food that we wanted to hear or to have. The food podcast landscape in the UK is heavily saturated with celebrity-hosted interview shows, and none are really talking about food with our level of detail and ability to constructively criticise.

Which topics do you enjoy discussing the most?

HARLEIGH: We have had some deeply critical conversations about contentious matters in both the food world and diaspora such as The Keith Lee Effect (S4) and Can White Men Jerk? (S3).

On your journey in creating the podcast, what has been the most interesting and exciting thing that you have discovered?

HARLEIGH: From a podcast production perspective, I’ve found it interesting how much work this takes. I’ve been a content creator for over 10 years and podcasting successfully is definitely the most labour-intensive medium I’ve worked on.
MALAIKA: A lot of people don’t read the packaging of their food. Our episode on oat milk drinks sparked some discussions on X and got a lot of buzz as people didn’t know there was oil in the oat milk they were drinking daily. Because we’re so entrenched in food, some of the more simple topics we take for granted, but they often resonate with our audience the most.

L-R Malaika Malz and Harleigh Reid

Sonder and Salt was featured on BBC Good Food Magazine’s ‘Exciting Finds of 2023’ How has being featured helped your podcast reach new listeners?

MALAIKA: BBC Good Food, as one of the biggest food media brands in the UK, helped expose us to a whole new audience that isn’t necessarily on social media. In this day and age, it’s easy to forget that there is a whole world outside of the internet.
HARLEIGH: And it helped validate what I do to my parents by being in a magazine they recognise!

At what point did you realise that your love for food was going to become your career?

MALAIKA: We have full-time jobs outside of this, but are actively building something we can transition into professionally at some point.
HARLEIGH: I’ve been working in food media for the last 3 years and that has opened my eyes to there being a whole world of opportunity in this field.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

What are you watching?
HARLEIGH:
I can’t keep up with TV shows and someone always spoils them before I get a chance so I stick to films and rewatches. The last thing I watched was Inside Out 2.
MALAIKA: I just finished Supacell. I’m not really a sci-fi/action girlie, but I found it to be an enjoyable watch and loved how they brought awareness to the sickle cell crisis within the Black community.

What are you reading?
HARLEIGH:
The 4 Hour Work week by Timothy Ferris.
MALAIKA: The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington.

What are you listening to?
HARLEIGH:
Megan, the new album from Megan The Stallion.
MALAIKA: Timeless by Kaytranada & The Huberman Lab Podcast.

Last thing you saw on stage?
HARLEIGH:
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy.
MALAIKA: Shifters – absolutely amazing.

What podcast are you currently listening to?
HARLEIGH: Bibles, Babes & Bants.
MALAIKA: The Huberman Lab podcast.

Whose footsteps are you following in?
HARLEIGH:
I’m not. Mine are the first footsteps on my path.
MALAIKA: Facts.

Have you got any other upcoming projects you want to tell us about?
HARLEIGH: We are working on having a live show later in the year.
MALAIKA: We’ve also started some community activities like our Dining Club and our foodie field trips.

How do we keep up to date with you and your work [socials]
You can find us @sonderandsalt across all platforms.

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