The Sporkful

The Sporkful

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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.


When White People Say Plantation, Pt. 1
Oct 14 • 46 min
The word “plantation” pops up a lot in the food world – Plantation Mint Tea, Plantation Chicken, Plantation Rum. But it’s not a culinary term. It doesn’t indicate certain spices or cooking methods. So what are white people in food who use this word trying…
Inside the Olympics of Bread Baking
Oct 10 • 16 min
To love making bread as much as Jeff Yankellow does, “you have to be crazy,” he says. Jeff’s official title at King Arthur Flour is Regional Sales Manager, but we like to think of him as the Chief Flour Nerd. He joins us this week to tell the story of the…
Claire Saffitz Teaches the Internet How to Bake
Oct 7 • 30 min
We go behind the scenes of one of the web’s most beloved food shows, Gourmet Makes, with host Claire Saffitz of the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen. In each episode Claire tries to figure out how to make an artisanal version of a classic junk food, using an…
A New Apple is Born
Sep 30 • 37 min
This fall, there’s a new apple coming. It’s been 20 years in the making, and its launch will be the biggest in apple history. How was it invented? What makes it special? And will it live up to the hype? We hear the story behind this apple’s conception and…
Is Sandwich Sexism Real?
Sep 23 • 27 min
In this special Sporkful investigation, we order sandwiches around New York City to find out whether places make smaller sandwiches for women. Today’s sponsors: Go to ADA.org/sporkful today for more information. Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL for cleaning tips…
Can You Spot A Fake Chef?
Sep 16 • 41 min
This week, our entire episode is a game: Two Chefs And A Lie. The rules are simple. We call three purported chefs. Dan asks them five — and only five — questions each. And together, we try to separate fact from fiction. Can you decipher which of these…
Why Food Is Like Fashion with Style Icon Simon Doonan
Sep 9 • 39 min
Simon Doonan has been called “the world’s most famous window dresser,” but he never wanted to be that stereotype of a fashion person, looking down his nose at everybody. He’s always encouraged people to “dress like themselves.” In other words, his…
Natasha Leggero And Moshe Kasher Save Dan’s Marriage
Sep 2 • 35 min
Husband-and-wife comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher give marital advice in their Netflix special and their podcast, The Endless Honeymoon. So this week they join us to help Dan and his wife Janie work out long-simmering arguments over hand soap…
Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain
Aug 26 • 37 min
The founder of Milk Street hates celebrations and says pleasure is annoying. This week, Chris Kimball tells us why he thinks cooking is supposed to be hard, and how he got this way. Plus, he and Dan bond over their shared food obsessiveness and clash over…
Till Food Allergies Do We Part
Aug 19 • 39 min
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…
Jelly: A Musical Odyssey
Aug 12 • 41 min
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 how…
Live: Pigs In Blankets: One Woman’s Journey
Aug 8 • 34 min
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 was…
Live: Marcus Samuelsson: “Somebody Lied”
Aug 5 • 33 min
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, Marcus…
Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge
Jul 29 • 24 min
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 feeling…
Live: Rapper Dessa Invented An Ice Cream
Jul 25 • 36 min
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 tells…
Bill Nye, Food Science Guy!
Jul 22 • 31 min
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…
Is It Rude To Add Salt At The Table?
Jul 15 • 38 min
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 —…
Live: A Poem About A Chicken Shack
Jul 11 • 36 min
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 girlfriend…
This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak
Jul 8 • 28 min
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 with…
A Restaurant Critic Changes the Rules
Jul 1 • 31 min
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 is my…
Even Bros Scramble Eggs
Jun 24 • 28 min
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 feelings…
The Secret At Grace Church
Jun 17 • 38 min
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. “Don’t…
The Holy Smoker
Jun 10 • 32 min
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 are…
Live: The Chef Who Hid Her Restaurant From Her Family
Jun 6 • 42 min
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-dream.…
Am I F*cking Up My Kids? Food Edition.
Jun 3 • 35 min
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 this very…
This Hot Dog Tastes Like Home
May 27 • 30 min
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…
Live: The Design Genius Of The Club Sandwich
May 23 • 30 min
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,…
Adam Conover Ruins Food
May 20 • 36 min
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’s…
Going Undercover With NY Times Restaurant Critic Pete Wells
May 13 • 37 min
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 food?…
Live: When Will Indian Food Be American?
May 9 • 36 min
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: Recipes…
Comic Phoebe Robinson Stress Eats Vegetables
May 6 • 25 min
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/SPORKFUL to…
Should You Tip For Takeout?
Apr 29 • 36 min
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 the Vrbo…
Live: Danny Trejo, From Lockup to Donut Shop
Apr 25 • 34 min
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 new…
CBD: New Food Frontier Or Marketing Gimmick?
Apr 22 • 37 min
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 edibles”.…
Comic Maria Bamford Risked Her Life For Ice Cream
Apr 15 • 31 min
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. Go to…
Green Apple Bad Apple
Apr 1 • 35 min
(UPDATE: This episode was released on April Fools’ Day. It’s a satire. Please enjoy it as such!) 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…