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The Sporkful

Dan Pashman and Stitcher

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We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. A Stitcher Production.
Going Undercover With NY Times Restaurant Critic Pete Wells

37:07 | May 13th

NY Times restaurant critic Pete Wells has been called the most read and most feared food writer in the US. He can make or break a restaurant with one review. How does he feel about wielding so much power? Has the job changed him, or his approach to f...Show More
A Brief History Of American Barbecue

47:46 | Dec 10th, 2018

We follow barbecue from West Africa to the American South to the south side of Chicago, with help from culinary historian Michael Twitty and a pitmaster in Chicago. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to buy your own gluten-free Egg...Show More
A Brief History Of Cereal And Milk

37:42 | Dec 17th, 2018

We explore the history of an iconic American food couple -- cereal and milk -- with help from NYT food correspondent Kim Severson and author Mark Kurlansky. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to explore recipes and get your favorit...Show More
Searching For The Aleppo Sandwich Pt. 1

29:53 | Nov 6th, 2017

Before Aleppo became famous for fighting, it was famous for food. This week we go on a quest to find out what made a beloved sandwich shop there special, and whether the restaurant and its owners have survived the Syrian Civil War. Today's sponsors:...Show More
Till Food Allergies Do We Part

39:02 | Aug 19th

After a tick bite, Amy Pearl developed a meat allergy called alpha-gal. (We shared her story in an episode a few years ago -- longtime listeners already know that she is one of the most hilarious people on the planet.) This week, Amy draws on her exp...Show More
Jelly: A Musical Odyssey

41:44 | Aug 12th

From the Harlem Renaissance to Beyonce and beyond, we explore references to jelly in music that span decades and genres. Along the way, we hear the story of a famous moment in internet history, explore depictions of black women in music, and learn ho...Show More
Live: Pigs In Blankets: One Woman's Journey

34:01 | Aug 8th

Mary Giuliani grew up as one of the few Italian kids in a mostly Jewish town, so she went to lots of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs – the Jewish rite of passage that comes at age 13. And at these parties, while the other kids were slow dancing awkwardly, Mary ...Show More
Live: Marcus Samuelsson: "Somebody Lied"

33:30 | Aug 5th

The TV host and chef behind Red Rooster Harlem was taught in culinary school that French cuisine is the gold standard of cooking. One day, he realized, "Somebody lied." In this week's show, taped live on stage at the Museum of the City Of New York, M...Show More
Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge

24:21 | Jul 29th

Conan O’Brien's sidekick tells us why he chose a really nice refrigerator over a sports car. And he talks about his lifelong struggles with his weight, saying, "When you feel bad, eating something that tastes good feels like you're fighting the feeli...Show More
Live: Rapper Dessa Invented An Ice Cream

36:23 | Jul 25th

Singer, writer, and rapper Dessa talks about finding deliciousness while crossing the country in a tour van, including the story of the Wisconsin gas station that inspired the ice cream flavor she created, called Dessa's Existential Crunch. And she t...Show More
Bill Nye, Food Science Guy!

31:41 | Jul 22nd

Bill Nye nerds out on PB&J, explains why he now supports GMOs, and answers our burning food science questions: Does mashing bananas actually make them sweeter? How long before there’s affordable lab-grown meat? Does adding salt to water make it boil ...Show More
Is It Rude To Add Salt At The Table?

38:06 | Jul 15th

After Rod served his wife Nellie the dinner he had prepared for them, Nellie took a taste. Then, she added more salt. Rod took offense. But should he have? Nellie and Rod call in to the show to discuss that question with Dan and a very special guest ...Show More
Live: A Poem About A Chicken Shack

36:07 | Jul 11th

What can an iconic Chicago restaurant chain tell us about segregation and the Great Migration? Poet and South Side native Nate Marshall joins Dan live on stage in Chicago to dig deep on food and race in his home city, ponder what he and his girlfrien...Show More
This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak

28:15 | Jul 8th

We run around Philly eating the city's most iconic foods, then bring samples to a scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center to learn why greasy treats like cheesesteak, Philly pork sandwiches, and scrapple are so good.  (Hint: it has more to do...Show More
A Restaurant Critic Changes the Rules

31:13 | Jul 1st

When Soleil Ho was hired as the restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle six months ago, she was hailed as a “young, queer woman of color who wants to redefine food criticism.” And she is. But to Soleil, “The most interesting part about me i...Show More
From Crushing Beers To Soft-Scrambling Eggs

28:42 | Jun 24th

Jason Jones got famous for his character on the Daily Show: a bro-ish, “man’s man” who went after liberal snowflakes. In real life, he's a guy who'll spend 45 minutes soft-scrambling eggs for his three kids. He got into cooking in part because of fee...Show More
The Secret At Grace Church

38:39 | Jun 17th

31 years ago, six women on an island off the coast of Massachusetts began selling lobster rolls as a church fundraiser. Today, people travel by car, boat, and plane just to taste these hallowed summer treats. And it's not just the Christian fold. "Do...Show More
The Holy Smoker

32:31 | Jun 10th

During the week Devin Pickard is the pitmaster at his family's BBQ restaurant in Centerville, Tennessee. But on Sundays he trades the pit for the pulpit at the local church where he preaches. This is the first in a two-part series on churches that ar...Show More
Live: The Chef Who Hid Her Restaurant From Her Family

42:07 | Jun 6th

When Ann Kim became an actor, her immigrant parents disowned her. It was no different than “being a whore,” her mom said. When Ann ditched acting to open a pizza restaurant in Minneapolis, she knew better than to tell her folks about her new pipe-dre...Show More
Am I F*cking Up My Kids? Food Edition.

35:39 | Jun 3rd

Every parent fears they’ll f*ck up their kid. But what if there’s a hack, one tiny thing you can control? Maybe if you get their eating right, you’ll set up them up to succeed.  Spoiler: there are no hacks. Sorry. And writer Carvell Wallace knows th...Show More
This Hot Dog Tastes Like Home

30:22 | May 27th

We take you to two iconic hot dog joints in Detroit and New Jersey to find out what makes them special. Plus Kenji Lopez-Alt schools us on the science of deep-fried hot dogs, and Dan's parents make a special cameo.  Today's sponsors: Go to petean...Show More
Live: The Design Genius Of The Club Sandwich

30:47 | May 23rd

Designer Aaron Draplin has made logos for President Obama, Nike, and local food joints around Portland, OR. His taste in food, and his design sensibility, have a lot in common. He likes things that are straightforward, classic. Nothing fussy. In food...Show More
Adam Conover Ruins Food

36:36 | May 20th

Since he was a kid, comedian Adam Conover has always had an intense desire to find the truth – and to tell everyone about it – whether or not they asked. He also has A LOT of opinions about food. In other words, Dan may have found his soul mate. Adam...Show More
Live: When Will Indian Food Be American?

36:52 | May 9th

In 1973, Madhur Jaffrey penned "An Invitation to Indian Cooking” and introduced many Americans to Indian cuisine. Over 45 years later, Priya Krishna defies the notion that Indian food is anything but American with her new cookbook, "Indian-ish: Recip...Show More
Comic Phoebe Robinson Stress Eats Vegetables

25:37 | May 6th

The comedian and podcast host tells us how to navigate a big meal in tight jeans, who should pay on a first date, and what it’s like to go out to eat when you’re in an interracial relationship. Today's sponsors: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/SPORKFU...Show More
Should You Tip For Takeout?

36:23 | Apr 29th

By The Book co-hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg join Dan to answer listener questions about tipping, who owns leftovers, and what to do with dinner guests who arrive very early. Today's sponsors: Go to VRBO in the app store to download...Show More
Live: Danny Trejo, From Lockup to Donut Shop

34:13 | Apr 25th

Danny Trejo is a Hollywood legend. He's been in nearly 400 films, often playing the kinds of characters you wouldn't want meet in a dark alley. Now in his 70s, his career has taken a turn -- The L.A. native has become a successful restaurateur. This ...Show More
CBD: New Food Frontier Or Marketing Gimmick?

37:31 | Apr 22nd

Business is booming in the world of CBD oil and cannabis-infused edibles. But are the science and technology keeping up? Dan investigates when he travels to Oregon, where recreational pot is legal, to meet a woman dubbed "the Martha Stewart of edible...Show More
Comic Maria Bamford Risked Her Life For Ice Cream

31:47 | Apr 15th

The native Minnesotan explains why a little internal bleeding can't keep her from a treat, and why the way she eats salad is like the way she deals with depression. Today's sponsors: Go to ICantBelieveItsNotButter.com for delicious recipes and more....Show More
Writer Kiese Laymon Wants to be Heavy

39:34 | Apr 8th

Disordered eating, anti-blackness, fat-phobia, and addiction all bubble together in Kiese Laymon's new book, "Heavy: An American Memoir." "As artists, we got to be able to talk about all of it at once because it always happens at once," he says. "Foo...Show More

00:59 | Apr 2nd

Yesterday's show was a satire. :) Please enjoy it as such!
Green Apple Bad Apple

35:30 | Apr 1st

When Dan hit 40, he noticed his body wasn't feeling as good. So recently, he embarked on a journey to change his lifestyle. Today, you'll meet the three people who've inspired him. Today's sponsors: Go to Milklife.com to learn more. Go to ICantBelie...Show More
A Soda Jerk And A Mormon Walk Into A Podcast

30:19 | Mar 25th

Ben Abbott wants to pair his meals with drinks, but as a Mormon, he doesn't drink alcohol. So Dan journeys to an offbeat soda shop in Los Angeles to find Ben some beverages. Plus, a linguist explains why some people say soda, coke, or pop. Today'...Show More
Talkback! Why Hibachi is Complicated (Pt. 2)

27:21 | Mar 18th

Talkback! Why Hibachi is Complicated (Pt. 2) Last week, we talked hibachi and why it's complicated. This week, Dan takes your questions and discusses them, along with friends-of-the-show and cookbook authors Kenji López-Alt and Nicole Taylor. We cov...Show More
Why Hibachi is Complicated

33:29 | Mar 11th

The hibachi restaurant was created in America in 1964 by a savvy showman and Japanese immigrant named Rocky Aoki, who observed that "Americans enjoy eating in exotic surroundings, but are deeply mistrustful of exotic foods." This week, we see the ski...Show More
The First Time I Ate My Feelings

33:53 | Mar 4th

Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe love food, but they've also struggled over the years with disordered eating. Last year they had a baby, which brings new opportunities for food joy, and stress. The comedians join Dan to talk about trying to share their p...Show More
Office Fridge Theft: What Would the Founding Fathers Do?

31:03 | Feb 25th

Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. This week, listeners share their opinions. Plus we hear stories of the crazy things people do to stop office fridge theft, and we talk ...Show More
Actor Ron Funches Lost 140 Pounds And Became A Leading Man

33:44 | Feb 18th

When actor and comic Ron Funches came on The Sporkful four years ago, his humor and warmth made him one of our most popular guests ever. Since then he's lost 140 pounds. This week, Ron returns to talk about how losing weight has changed the way peopl...Show More
Why Roy Wood Jr. Sees Pros To Bad Service And Confederate Flags

33:07 | Feb 11th

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. is known for his thoughtful and pointed takes on race. He joins us to discuss McRib conspiracy theories, the dangers of touring the south as a black comic, and the advantages of bad service and Confe...Show More
Dan Savage Recommends A Polyeaterous Lifestyle

32:14 | Feb 4th

What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? How can couples share power in the kitchen without driving each other crazy? Ahead of Valentine's Day, we talk food and relationships with Dan Savage, who writes the sex advice column Savage Love ...Show More
Kids’ Weird Food Creations

32:05 | Jan 28th

What are the craziest things parents do to get their picky eating kids to eat? Hillary Frank, creator of The Longest Shortest Time podcast and author of the new book, Weird Parenting Wins, shares some stories. Plus, kids call in to pitch Hillary and ...Show More
In Defense of Picky Eaters

40:28 | Jan 21st

Why do picky eaters face so much judgment? Is picky eating even actually a problem? We talk with two twins who grew up in a family of proud picky eaters, and an expert who treats picky eating kids, to find out. This is part one of a two-part series o...Show More
Is The Future Of Bourbon Female?

37:22 | Jan 14th

Bourbon's growing popularity is changing an industry with deep roots in Kentucky. We travel there to learn what that means for one of the oldest and one of the youngest bourbon masters.  Today's sponsors: Go to Leesa.com/Sporkful and use promo code ...Show More
When Celery Was More Special Than Caviar

29:46 | Jan 7th

Celery was the hottest food trend in early 1900s America. Why did it fall from grace? And can it ever make a comeback? Today's sponsor: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Sporkful to start your free month.
New Year's Food Resolutions 2019

48:43 | Dec 24th, 2018

Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what food they resolve to eat more of in the new year -- and why. Plus we replay one of our favorite episodes of 2018. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to explore their entire line of paleo-frien...Show More
This Puerto Rican Drink Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad

28:44 | Dec 3rd, 2018

We learn about the holiday drink that’s the centerpiece of Puerto Rican Christmas celebrations, and we hear how Hurricane Maria changed Christmas for one Puerto Rican family. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to get $1 off gluten-...Show More
Carla Hall Isn't Going Back To The Frozen Food Section

38:42 | Nov 26th, 2018

When the chef and star of The Chew and Top Chef started her career, she turned her back on the food she grew up with. Her journey back included false starts, U-turns, and a mail truck full of sandwiches. And it's led her to write a cookbook that's un...Show More
Feasting In A War Zone

29:04 | Nov 19th, 2018

The military is not known as a place to find a good meal. But our men and women in uniform are trained to overcome any obstacle. This week, as many service members spend Thanksgiving far from home, we bring you their stories of memorable meals on the...Show More
Ask Mimi: Relax And Keep Eating

39:05 | Nov 15th, 2018

In the fourth and final part of our special series Ask Mimi, legendary food critic Mimi Sheraton shares her thoughts on the etiquette of free food samples, ballpark eating, and how ice cream should be scooped. Then comedian Ophira Eisenberg, host of ...Show More
The Couple That Cooks Together...

30:46 | Nov 12th, 2018

Emily and Patrick are past the honeymoon phase. Now they have to learn to work together, if they're going to be together for the long haul. They get advice from Dan and food writer Nicole Taylor, who returns to ride shotgun, face The Lightning Round,...Show More
Why Cows Wear Fitbits

10:34 | Nov 8th, 2018

In this special bonus episode, Dan talks to a dairy farmer about why cows wear fit bits and the best way to drink a glass of milk.  This entire episode is sponsored by Undeniably Dairy. To hear more stories about dairy farmers, visit UndeniablyDairy...Show More
Love And Chili In Cincinnati

35:42 | Nov 5th, 2018

Cincinnati chili does not get a lot of love around the US. It's known for its sweetness, sometimes made with chocolate, and served over spaghetti. But as Dan learns when he travels to Cincy, this midwestern specialty has roots that span centuries and...Show More
Ask Mimi: On Sex and Eloping

37:38 | Nov 1st, 2018

Legendary food critic Mimi Sheraton discusses sex and marriage, including the two times she eloped. Plus, Dan's mom calls in for advice on how to deal with Dan's dad's strange addiction to Subway sandwiches, and chocolatier Jacques Torres joins Mimi ...Show More
The Pasta That Won Obama Re-Election

31:38 | Oct 29th, 2018

Sam Kass shares stories of his time as the Obama family’s chef -- cooking on Air Force One, smuggling special ingredients in to the White House, and creating a dish that came to be known as 'lucky pasta'. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to e...Show More
Why Sushi Chefs Have To Look The Part

29:58 | Oct 22nd, 2018

What judgments do we make about a restaurant's food based on how the people working there look? Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to BuildABear.com to learn about all the fun ways to cele...Show More
Ask Mimi: How To Eat Alone

39:49 | Oct 18th, 2018

In part two of our special series Ask Mimi, legendary food writer Mimi Sheraton discusses being a working mother, eating alone, and mac and cheese. Plus Dinner Party Download's Brendan Francis Newnam stops by to argue against brunch. Today's sponsor...Show More
The Food Guilt Remediation Project

30:06 | Oct 15th, 2018

Dan sets out on a mission in which he attempts to take three actions to alleviate his guilt about food waste.
The Chef Who Drinks Milk With Her Chocolate Soufflé

39:29 | Oct 8th, 2018

Samin Nosrat, author of the bestselling cookbook "Salt Fat Acid Heat", joins Dan to talk about feeling like an outsider, sexism and pretentiousness in food, a controversy about a spoon, and the finer points of toast. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedM...Show More
Ask Mimi: Mimi On Moms

46:59 | Oct 4th, 2018

In this special four-part series, legendary food writer Mimi Sheraton offers advice on food and life to live callers and celebrity guests. This week Mimi covers critical mothers, edible weed, and grandparenthood. Today's sponsors: Go to Bona.com to ...Show More
Alton Brown Keeps A Scrambled Egg Journal

32:57 | Oct 1st, 2018

The Food Network star joins Dan to talk about the best way to eat popcorn, the relative merits of forks and knives, and how his divorce changed the way he cooks. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and rec...Show More
The Jell-O Curse

37:31 | Sep 24th, 2018

We follow one family’s complicated relationship with Jell-O. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to SweeTango.com/Sporkful to find a grocer near you.
Life Lessons From The Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet

33:00 | Sep 17th, 2018

Comedian Tim Dillon takes Dan out for lunch in Tim's home town on Long Island. Tim talks about why this place is so important to him, why rich people don't care about food, and what the founding fathers would have said about the Pizza Hut lunch buffe...Show More
Shabbat Dinner at Wendy's

34:35 | Sep 10th, 2018

Dan travels to Palm Desert, California, to ring in the Jewish sabbath with a group of seniors the way they do it every week -- at the fast food chain Wendy’s. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipe...Show More
The Pashman Family Takes Your Calls

37:51 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Dan's wife Janie and their kids Becky and Emily join the show to solve listeners' food-related relationship issues and dilemmas. "I don't love talking into a microphone," Janie says, "but I do have opinions." Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com ...Show More
Inside The Mind Of A Culinary Mad Scientist

32:45 | Aug 27th, 2018

The flavor chemist who created Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza and the McDonald's McGriddle talks about the science of burger cooking and the correct sequence for burger toppings. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of ...Show More
Comedian Nicole Byer Sees Her First Shrimp

31:45 | Aug 20th, 2018

The host of the Netflix cooking competition show "Nailed It" tells us about her love of raunchy humor, the commonality between comedy spaces and restaurant kitchens, and the time her aunt sent her an Easter dinner in the mail. Today's sponsors: Go t...Show More
Lunch With The Simpsons

39:56 | Aug 13th, 2018

Dan's dreams come true when he visits The Simpsons writers' room to talk about the role food plays on the show, and behind the scenes. Plus, Simpsons creator Matt Groening explains how new technologies have changed the show’s food jokes. Today's spo...Show More
Michael Ian Black Is A Man Who Eats Salads

38:51 | Aug 6th, 2018

Why does eating alligator seem more manly than eating chicken? Why does coffee seem more manly than tea? Comedian and actor Michael Ian Black tells us how his sense of masculinity and his body image issues affect what he eats. Plus he and Dan bond ov...Show More
Confessions of a Ballpark Food Vendor

31:47 | Jul 30th, 2018

A former Shea Stadium food vendor tells us about the worst gig in the ballpark. Plus a North Carolina peanut man tells us how they get the salt inside the shell, and Mike Pesca from The Gist tells us how much free advertising Cracker Jack got from be...Show More
What 400 Gallons Of Oobleck Can Teach You About Ketchup

40:55 | Jul 23rd, 2018

A husband irked by his wife's loud chewing noises calls in for advice, and Cooks Illustrated's Dan Souza tells us how science can help get ketchup out of the bottle. Today's sponsors: Go to Store.Benjerry.com to have new Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream d...Show More
L.A. Story

42:43 | Jul 16th, 2018

Dan travels through time in search of a coconut cake. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to Store.Benjerry.com to have new Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream delivered to you.
Yewande Finds Her Super Power

37:10 | Jul 9th, 2018

A chef working in the US as an undocumented immigrant cooks to stay connected to her home. But what happens when food isn't enough to bridge the distance? Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. G...Show More
A Marriage Built On Rum Cake

29:28 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Alan and Arlene Alda have been married for 61 years, and food has been a big part of how they communicate since the night they met. In this week's show, they talk about using food to communicate in their relationship, in geopolitics, and at dinner pa...Show More
What If There Were No Nachos?

31:40 | Jun 25th, 2018

Famed football announcer Howard Cosell played an unlikely role in popularizing nachos, as we learn this week when Dan sits down with his old friend Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast at Slate. And Mike rants about restaurant practices that drive hi...Show More
The Man Who Married Pizza

39:00 | Jun 18th, 2018

"I love pizza, but I really don't think I'm insane," says Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours, who limits his consumption to 15 slices per week, and has a Guinness World Record holding collection of 1,400 pizza boxes. Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondM...Show More
Is This Pizza Worth Waiting For?

36:51 | Jun 11th, 2018

Ever waited in a crazy long line for some famous barbecue or donuts? Was it worth it? This week we visit a legendary pizzeria with a famous queue -- and talk with scientists -- to find out when a long wait makes your food taste better and when it mak...Show More
The Ethics of Supermarket Lines

39:29 | Jun 4th, 2018

Two friends disagree about whether it's OK to keep shopping after getting in the check-out line, and cookbook author Nicole Taylor tells us about some unsolicited advice she got about navigating the food world as a black woman. Today's sponsors: Go ...Show More
Nigella Lawson Is The British Beyonce

34:14 | May 28th, 2018

The cookbook author and food TV star talks about the condiment she keeps in her purse, and how she uses method acting to decide what to order in restaurants. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes...Show More
How To Read A Taco

37:22 | May 21st, 2018

Professor Steven Alvarez teaches a college course called Taco Literacy, which explores Mexican history and culture through food. When he and his students take us on their end-of-semester taco crawl, we learn that every taco tells a story -- you just ...Show More
Live: W. Kamau Bell And Hari Kondabolu Play The Newlywed Game

35:17 | May 14th, 2018

The two comics are old friends, but how well do they really know each other's eating quirks? Plus, Kamau gives us an update on the racist incident he told us about last time he was on the show, and Dan reveals what comedians have taught him about foo...Show More
Live: Hari Dreams Of Donuts

36:00 | May 7th, 2018

When comedian Hari Kondabolu isn't delivering incisive jokes about politics and identity, he's dreaming of being locked inside a magical bakery. Plus, Hari tells us why you shouldn't ask him about Indian food, and shares his take on whether famous Si...Show More
Searching For The Donut King Pt. 2

44:33 | Apr 30th, 2018

After months of searching, we finally meet Ted Ngoy, aka "the Donut King", and learn what happened to him. He's returned to the Cambodian community seeking redemption. But will he find it? Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their hug...Show More
Searching For The Donut King Pt. 1

34:50 | Apr 23rd, 2018

After escaping Cambodia's "Killing Fields," Ted Ngoy built a donut empire in California. Then he lost it all, and disappeared. This week we're searching for The Donut King -- and his legacy.  Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your fre...Show More
Prison Ramen Saved My Life

35:08 | Apr 16th, 2018

Gustavo Alvarez didn't learn to cook until he went to prison. Sharing food there was a good way to win friends and find comfort in a rough place. But, for Gustavo, cooking also proved to be the ultimate survival skill. Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRe...Show More
Love And Chopsticks

32:26 | Apr 9th, 2018

A couple calls in for advice about food tensions in their intercultural relationship, and New Yorker food writer Helen Rosner tells us why all relationships are "inter-everything." Plus, an atheist listener struggles with his religious family's insis...Show More
Your Food Is Talking To You. What's It Saying?

33:17 | Apr 2nd, 2018

In cooking and eating, sound is the forgotten sense. But you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly, or how good your chocolate is, by the sounds they make. Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your free 30-day trial. Go to ...Show More
Bathtub Vodka

36:09 | Mar 26th, 2018

Is there really a difference between cheap and expensive vodkas? In this collaboration with NPR's Planet Money, we go on a mission to learn how super premium vodka is made and marketed. Then we make our own, to see how it measures up. Today's sponso...Show More
Comedy Is Like Making Pasta From Scratch (with Paul F. Tompkins)

35:22 | Mar 19th, 2018

Comic Paul F. Tompkins says his approach to comedy is like his mother's approach to cooking. Both are more elaborate than they need to be, and better for it. Plus he discusses his Comedy Bang Bang character Cake Boss and why Philly people love the ch...Show More
Other People's Holidays

42:02 | Mar 12th, 2018

When one culture's holiday becomes everyone's excuse to party, what's gained and what's lost? And how does it feel when it's your holiday? We go to a Chinese New Year party with no Chinese people and a Passover seder with no Jewish people to find out...Show More
Why Won't Anyone Invite Michael Pollan To Dinner?

30:58 | Mar 5th, 2018

The leader of the farm-to-table movement loves Cracker Jacks, hates questions about GMO's, and says we all just need to relax about what we eat. But are his followers missing his message? Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge...Show More
How To Be A Good Ice Cream Citizen

38:58 | Feb 26th, 2018

Is it unethical to sample an ice cream shop's flavors and not buy anything? A married couple calls in for advice, and Cooks Illustrated's Dan Souza reveals the artisanal ice cream industry's biggest secret. Plus, two listeners who run a French fry st...Show More
"No Murder, Yes Pork Chops," Says Comic Negin Farsad

35:32 | Feb 19th, 2018

The Iranian-American Muslim comedian and host of the podcast Fake The Nation says everything is negotiable -- even religious law. "I feel like Allah would be like, 'Get the pork chop but don't kill anybody,'" she says. Plus, the former policy advisor...Show More
The Sporkful Presents: Ask Mimi

41:18 | Feb 12th, 2018

Mimi Sheraton has seen it all in her 92 years. In our new spinoff podcast, Ask Mimi, the legendary food critic offers advice on food and life to live callers and celebrity guests. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman moderates. In this episode, humorist Mo Roc...Show More
Where There's Smoke, There's Flavor

30:31 | Feb 5th, 2018

We follow a firefighter who moonlights as an upscale chef as he attempts to get lunch on the table at the firehouse on time. But can he get his crew mates to eat kale? Today's sponsors: Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off ...Show More
These Chefs Want You To Talk Politics At Dinner

37:10 | Jan 29th, 2018

Tunde Wey learned to cook at home with his family in Nigeria. Sean Sherman grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Today they're both using food to explore politics and educate diners about the world beyond the dinner table. "Food is a...Show More
Eat Fish And Chips By Hand -- But Not While Watching TV

34:24 | Jan 22nd, 2018

British-born TV writer June Thomas shares childhood memories of fish, chips, and a magical pan of lard, and nerds out with Dan on the finer points of this classic comfort food. Then she shares strategies for eating in front of the TV, which she does ...Show More
Katie's Year In Recovery

41:54 | Jan 15th, 2018

We follow one woman's attempt to recover from an eating disorder and hear what it’s like to wake up each morning and have to fight a battle not only with food, but more importantly, with yourself. It's a rare look inside one person’s struggle. We als...Show More
This Podcast Contains MSG

37:22 | Jan 8th, 2018

Fifty years after the panic about "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" began, we explore how faulty science and perceptions of race and class contributed to the making of a food myth that persists today. And we tell you how to make the best bloody Mary ever...Show More
To Cook On TV, Forget How To Cook (with Chef Richard Blais)

31:41 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Richard Blais got his first job in food at McDonald's when he was a teenager. He was so shy he couldn't look the customers in the eye. So how did that kid become a food TV star and winner of Top Chef All Stars? How did he end up in some the finest ki...Show More
New Year's Food Resolutions 2018

46:34 | Dec 26th, 2017

Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what food they resolve to eat more of in the new year -- and why. Plus we replay one of our favorite shows from 2017. Today's sponsors:Go to Modcloth.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL25 to get 15% off your order of ...Show More
How To Use The Force To Stir Risotto

36:50 | Dec 15th, 2017

What are the best and worst food-related moments in the Star Wars films? How could the Force help you out in the kitchen? Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out today, so we're exploring the universe of Star Wars food with The Food Lab's Kenji Lopez-Alt,...Show More
Wine Condoms And Popcorn Balls: A Holiday Gift Guide

35:06 | Dec 11th, 2017

We talk to three inventors who've sacrificed everything -- from their life savings to their gall bladders -- in pursuit of their dream of changing the way we eat and drink. It’s the first ever Sporkful Holiday Gift Guide! Today's sponsors:Go to Sono...Show More
Can The Library Of Congress Cooking Club Rise Again?

35:48 | Dec 4th, 2017

We travel to DC to learn about a quintessentially librarian cooking club, founded in 1949, that's in danger of disappearing. Today's sponsors:Go to BonAppetit.com/GetBA and use the code SPORK to save $5 on a one-year subscription (and get an exclusi...Show More
To Eat Less Sugar, Bake A Cake, Says Yotam Ottolenghi

32:28 | Nov 27th, 2017

The Israeli-British chef is famous for getting people to eat more vegetables, but now he's making the case for sugar. Plus he discusses the personality differences between bakers and cooks, why he never orders the specials in restaurants, and what ha...Show More
The Ephemerality Of The Perfect Muffin

31:45 | Nov 20th, 2017

Julia Turner of the Slate Culture Gabfest offers muffin opinions, muffin analysis, and, according to Dan, muffin heresy. Is there a muffin they can both agree to love? Listen to find out, and to gain a new appreciation for the nuances of muffindom. ...Show More
The Last Sporkful Thanksgiving Special Ever

40:14 | Nov 13th, 2017

We discuss the beauty and tyranny of tradition, as well as the Wheel Of Infinite Thanksgiving Anxiety, with legendary food writer Mimi Sheraton, Milk Street Kitchen's Christopher Kimball, and cookbook author Kian Lam Kho. And yes, we're serious. Tod...Show More
Searching For The Aleppo Sandwich Pt. 2

29:04 | Nov 7th, 2017

A famous sandwich shop in Aleppo, Syria, played a key role in changing Shadi Martini's life forever. Today on The Sporkful we hear the rest of Shadi's story, and conclude our quest to find out what made that shop special and whether it survived the S...Show More
Monologues Are Like Meatballs, Says Actor Michael McKean

32:24 | Oct 30th, 2017

The comedy icon discusses the role food can play in comedy and drama. Plus, he tells us why learning a new part is like eating spaghetti and how he reacts when people in the audience bring food into the theater. Today's sponsors: Go to Modcloth.com ...Show More
As Hot Chicken Gets Hotter, Who Benefits?

35:09 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Dan travels to Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville, where hot chicken was invented, to explore the restaurant's complicated history with race -- from segregation to today. Today's sponsors: Go to MackWeldon.com and get 20% off your purchase, using the...Show More
Is A Takeout Burger A Lesser Burger?

30:43 | Oct 16th, 2017

Two friends call in for help settling a long-running feud. Plus, food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt explains what happens to a burger when it sits in a wrapper before being eaten. Today's sponsors: Go to Arhaus.com/Sporkful to learn more about Arhaus...Show More
The Holy Smoker

34:45 | Oct 9th, 2017

During the week, Devin Pickard is the pitmaster at his family's BBQ restaurant in Centerville, Tennessee. But on Sundays, he trades the pit for the pulpit at the local church where he preaches. Food and faith are a natural pairing in the south, but D...Show More
Guy Fieri Doesn't Live On A Yacht That Shoots Rockets

37:29 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Behind the spiky hair and donkey sauce is a savvy businessman who's been obsessed with finding success in the world of food since he was a kid. He talks with Dan about the importance of self-reflection, why he doesn't serve more organic food at his r...Show More
Is The Best Cuban Food Still In Cuba?

38:37 | Sep 25th, 2017

While Cuban-Americans in Miami enjoy the dishes their grandparents grew up with, food shortages in Cuba have forced the cuisine there to change. So what defines Cuban food today? We go to Miami to try to find out. Today's sponsors: Go to Bhhsnyp.com...Show More
The Geometry Of Pizza

29:59 | Sep 18th, 2017

A neuroscientist calls in to debate the geometry of pizza, and food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt explains how woodworking can help us make a better bagel and cream cheese. Today's sponsors: Go to Sunbasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first orde...Show More
LeVar Burton's Stolen Steaks

30:52 | Sep 11th, 2017

The longtime Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek star talks about the power of food memories and the art of PB&J. Plus he performs dramatic readings of recipes. Today's sponsors: Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Go to Worl...Show More
Modern Family's Ty Burrell Cases Hollywood Parties For Free Food

38:26 | Sep 4th, 2017

As a struggling young actor, Ty Burrell pretended to be a guest at hotels to get the free breakfast buffet. Now he fights the urge to pocket food at the Emmys. He talks about his hors d'oeurves strategy at fancy Hollywood events, getting his kids to ...Show More
How To Pair Your Food With The Beach

29:19 | Aug 28th, 2017

Summer is winding down, so it's time for one last trip to the beach. Here's how to pair your snacks with the smell and taste of salt water. Plus, we debate potluck etiquette for hosts and guests. Today's sponsors: Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter p...Show More
Your Mom's Food Pt. 4: Til Pork Do Us Part

30:00 | Aug 10th, 2017

Dan and his wife Janie are both white and Jewish, both raised in the NY area. In many ways it's an easy fit. But not so much with food -- Janie grew up kosher and Dan didn't. In part four of Your Mom's Food they talk about navigating food tension in ...Show More
Your Mom's Food Pt. 3: Soledad O'Brien Cooks Rice, Not Beans

29:43 | Aug 7th, 2017

The TV host's Afro-Cuban mom and Irish-Australian dad got married when interracial marriage was still illegal in parts of the US. She talks about how their different cultures came together on the dinner table, why staying connected to Cuban food was ...Show More
Your Mom's Food Pt. 2: Midwest Meets Masala

35:36 | Aug 3rd, 2017

When a meat-and-potatoes white girl falls in love with an Indian vegetarian, what food will be their food? And how will their families feel about their choices?Today's sponsor: Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get 50% off your first order.
Your Mom's Food Pt. 1: What Dumplings Can't Fix

44:07 | Jul 31st, 2017

How do parents who adopt kids from other countries use food to connect their children to their birthplace? And what happens when those kids grow up and feel like it wasn't enough? This is part one of a new series on race, culture and food called Your...Show More
Rachel Maddow Fixed The Pina Colada

31:41 | Jul 24th, 2017

The MSNBC host nerds out on cocktails, debates lime wheels vs. wedges, and speculates about what the bartenders in heaven are like.
Cooking Pad Thai For 20,000 People (with Jet Tila)

32:44 | Jul 17th, 2017

Food Network star Jet Tila’s parents opened the first Thai market in the US in 1972. Now he’s trying to introduce people who aren’t Asian to the foods he grew up with. He tells the story of protecting his family’s store during the LA riots and explai...Show More
Why Lefties Buy Less Soup

32:28 | Jul 10th, 2017

Psychologist Charles Spence explains that "taste" is influenced by many different factors -- from the background music in a restaurant to your own DNA and even the shape of your spoon. Plus, Dan and his daughter recreate one of Charles' experiments w...Show More
You Can't Cure Manic Depression With Puff Pastry

27:57 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Food writer David Leite talks about how bipolar disorder affects what he cooks and eats. Plus he and Dan bond over the difficulties of being neurotic party hosts.
The Thinking Person's Competitive Eater

31:22 | Jun 26th, 2017

Tim "Eater X" Janus talks about how being a competitive eater affects your dating life, how much money these guys actually make, what happens when people on the circuit try to cheat, and how he taught himself to like hot dogs so he could compete in t...Show More
How To Be Fat (with Lindy West)

32:59 | Jun 19th, 2017

The author of "Shrill" and leader of the fat acceptance movement says, "As a fat person, you’re always under surveillance when you’re eating."
What If Willy Wonka Was Your Dad

33:06 | Jun 12th, 2017

Author Roald Dahl's creative and twisted approach to food wasn't limited to his stories. Ahead of Father's Day, his daughter recalls his witches potions and midnight feasts, and says he based Willy Wonka on himself.
Patti LaBelle Brings Her Frying Pans On Tour

37:05 | Jun 5th, 2017

The music icon couldn't eat in restaurants while touring the segregated South in the 60s. Now she cooks for herself on the road. She shares cooking tips, and we explore the racial implications of the viral video that made her sweet potato pie a sensa...Show More
Is It OK To Put Tomatoes In The Fridge?

32:07 | May 29th, 2017

A wife who objects to her husband's embarrassing food hacks calls in for advice, and food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt explains the science of tomato storage.
Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj Says Life Is Like Biryani

38:26 | May 22nd, 2017

The comedian finds deep meaning in his favorite cereal and lives the same way he eats his biryani -- pulling out the good bits and pushing the weird stuff to the side.
Why Bartenders Can’t Have Boyfriends

35:09 | May 15th, 2017

Live on stage! A world-renowned mixologist and the former bartender at a beloved Chicago dive bar tell us how their work is a little like showbiz and a little like babysitting.
Wait Wait, Don't Bother Peter Sagal When He's Drinking Mezcal

33:24 | May 8th, 2017

Live on stage! The host of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me tells us how getting divorced and struggling with depression changed his eating, and why he never mixes running with drinking.
Searching For Rosa Parks' Pancakes

37:09 | May 1st, 2017

The civil rights icon's unusual pancake recipe -- with peanut butter in the batter -- offers a glimpse into her personal life and reveals the history of a southern food staple.
Meat Pies On Broadway!

32:00 | Apr 24th, 2017

Can adding food flavors and smells to live theater make it feel more real? We go behind the scenes of a new production of the musical Sweeney Todd to find out.
Kumail Nanjiani Already Had The Best Taco Of His Life

37:54 | Apr 17th, 2017

The actor and comic says different people should mix but the foods on his plate should not. Plus he explains why all Islamophobes should be forced to try Pakistani food.
We're Back!

03:07 | Apr 12th, 2017

Listen to a sneak preview of our upcoming episodes featuring comic Kumail Nanjiani, Rosa Parks's pancakes, a sandwich shop in Syria, and more.
How A Food Emoji Gets Made

18:47 | Mar 24th, 2017

Important news: Our show is going on a brief hiatus. We’ll be back April 17 with an exciting announcement. Please make sure you’re subscribed to this podcast and our newsletter so you don’t miss it! (Newsletter at sporkful.com/newsletter) This week w...Show More
President Obama Eats His Pie Crust First

25:27 | Mar 13th, 2017

In our Pi Day Spectacular, former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses reveals the very particular way President Obama eats his pie. Plus, we discuss pi and pie with mathematician Eugenia Cheng and debate the true definition of pie with Evan Kleiman o...Show More
Is Cereal a Soup?

09:42 | Mar 10th, 2017

In this special podcast version of Dan's new animated web video series The Snackdown, he and Food Network's Justin Warner debate a pressing question. Take a side and share The Snackdown with your friends! Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or...Show More
Comic Maeve Higgins Is On The Michael Fassbender Diet

24:47 | Mar 6th, 2017

The writer and comedian tells us how she handles meals alone or with a sad friend, and explains why she still feels more Irish than Irish-American. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Da...Show More