Despite society’s burgeoning obsession with food and celebrity chefs, there’s a fear that fewer and fewer people actually know how to cook. That’s what makes Cooking By Ear, a new podcast produced by Oakland’s StudioToBe, such a timely treat. Part cooking lesson and part interview show, the podcast features former Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell heading into a kitchen with a new guest in each hour-long episode. Listeners are treated to both real-time culinary instruction and lively conversation with esteemed creatives, who often draw connections between cooking and other art forms. The first season’s guests included Academy Award-winners Frances McDormand and Alexander Payne as well as director Mira Nair and musician Big Freedia — a lineup so ambitious that we can’t wait to see who’s in the kitchen for season two. Prepare to feel inspired to throw your own intimate dinner party.