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.
“No Murder, Yes Pork Chops,” Says Comic Negin Farsad
Feb 19 • 35 min
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 uses…
The Sporkful Presents: Ask Mimi
Feb 12 • 41 min
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 Rocca…
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor
Feb 5 • 30 min
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 your…
These Chefs Want You To Talk Politics At Dinner
Jan 29 • 37 min
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…
Eat Fish And Chips By Hand — But Not While Watching TV
Jan 22 • 34 min
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 A…
Katie’s Year In Recovery
Jan 15 • 41 min
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 also…
This Podcast Contains MSG
Jan 8 • 36 min
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.…
To Cook On TV, Forget How To Cook (with Chef Richard Blais)
Jan 2 • 31 min
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…
New Year’s Food Resolutions 2018
Dec 26, 2017 • 46 min
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 $100 or…
How To Use The Force To Stir Risotto
Dec 15, 2017 • 36 min
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,…
Wine Condoms And Popcorn Balls: A Holiday Gift Guide
Dec 11, 2017 • 35 min
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 Sonos.com…
Can The Library Of Congress Cooking Club Rise Again?
Dec 4, 2017 • 35 min
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 exclusive…
To Eat Less Sugar, Bake A Cake, Says Yotam Ottolenghi
Nov 27, 2017 • 32 min
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 happens…
The Ephemerality Of The Perfect Muffin
Nov 20, 2017 • 31 min
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.…
The Last Sporkful Thanksgiving Special Ever
Nov 13, 2017 • 40 min
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. Today’s…
Searching For The Aleppo Sandwich Pt. 2
Nov 7, 2017 • 29 min
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 Syrian…
Searching For The Aleppo Sandwich Pt. 1
Nov 6, 2017 • 29 min
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: Go to…
Monologues Are Like Meatballs, Says Actor Michael McKean
Oct 30, 2017 • 32 min
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 and…
As Hot Chicken Gets Hotter, Who Benefits?
Oct 23, 2017 • 35 min
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 promo…
Is A Takeout Burger A Lesser Burger?
Oct 16, 2017 • 30 min
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’s…
The Holy Smoker
Oct 9, 2017 • 34 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. Food and faith are a natural pairing in the south, but Devin…
Guy Fieri Doesn’t Live On A Yacht That Shoots Rockets
Oct 2, 2017 • 37 min
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…
Is The Best Cuban Food Still In Cuba?
Sep 25, 2017 • 38 min
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…
The Geometry Of Pizza
Sep 18, 2017 • 29 min
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 order. Go…
LeVar Burton’s Stolen Steaks
Sep 11, 2017 • 30 min
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…
Modern Family’s Ty Burrell Cases Hollywood Parties For Free Food
Sep 4, 2017 • 38 min
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 eat…
How To Pair Your Food With The Beach
Aug 28, 2017 • 29 min
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 promo…