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.
A Brief History Of American Barbecue
Dec 10 • 47 min
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…
This Puerto Rican Drink Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad
Dec 3 • 28 min
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-free…
Carla Hall Isn’t Going Back To The Frozen Food Section
Nov 26 • 38 min
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 unlike…
Feasting In A War Zone
Nov 19 • 29 min
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…
Ask Mimi: Relax And Keep Eating
Nov 15 • 39 min
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 NPR’s…
The Couple That Cooks Together…
Nov 12 • 30 min
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, and…
Why Cows Wear Fitbits
Nov 8 • 10 min
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…
Love And Chili In Cincinnati
Nov 5 • 35 min
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…
Ask Mimi: On Sex and Eloping
Nov 1 • 37 min
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 and…
The Pasta That Won Obama Re-Election
Oct 29 • 31 min
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 explore…
Why Sushi Chefs Have To Look The Part
Oct 22 • 29 min
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 celebrate…
Ask Mimi: How To Eat Alone
Oct 18 • 39 min
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 sponsors: Go…
The Food Guilt Remediation Project
Oct 15 • 30 min
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
Oct 8 • 39 min
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…
Ask Mimi: Mimi On Moms
Oct 4 • 46 min
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 with comedian Maeve Higgins and Radiolab’s…
Alton Brown Keeps A Scrambled Egg Journal
Oct 1 • 32 min
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 recipes.…
The Jell-O Curse
Sep 24 • 37 min
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
Sep 17 • 33 min
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 buffet.…
Shabbat Dinner at Wendy’s
Sep 10 • 34 min
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 recipes. Go…
The Pashman Family Takes Your Calls
Sep 3 • 37 min
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 to…
Inside The Mind Of A Culinary Mad Scientist
Aug 27 • 32 min
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…
Comedian Nicole Byer Sees Her First Shrimp
Aug 20 • 31 min
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 to…
Lunch With The Simpsons
Aug 13 • 39 min
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 sponsors:…
Michael Ian Black Is A Man Who Eats Salads
Aug 6 • 38 min
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 over…
Confessions of a Ballpark Food Vendor
Jul 30 • 31 min
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 being…
What 400 Gallons Of Oobleck Can Teach You About Ketchup
Jul 23 • 40 min
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…
L.A. Story
Jul 16 • 42 min
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
Jul 9 • 37 min
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. Go to…
A Marriage Built On Rum Cake (with Alan Alda)
Jul 2 • 29 min
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…
What If There Were No Nachos?
Jun 25 • 31 min
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 him…
The Man Who Married Pizza
Jun 18 • 39 min
“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…