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.
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…
Is This Pizza Worth Waiting For?
Jun 11 • 36 min
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 makes it…
The Ethics of Supermarket Lines
Jun 4 • 39 min
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 to…
Nigella Lawson Is The British Beyonce
May 28 • 34 min
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. Go…
How To Read A Taco
May 21 • 37 min
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 have…
Live: W. Kamau Bell And Hari Kondabolu Play The Newlywed Game
May 14 • 35 min
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 food.…
Live: Hari Dreams Of Donuts
May 7 • 36 min
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…
Searching For The Donut King Pt. 2
Apr 30 • 44 min
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 huge…
Searching For The Donut King Pt. 1
Apr 23 • 34 min
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 free 30-day…
Prison Ramen Saved My Life
Apr 16 • 35 min
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…
Love And Chopsticks
Apr 9 • 32 min
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 insistence…
Your Food Is Talking To You. What’s It Saying?
Apr 2 • 33 min
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…
Bathtub Vodka
Mar 26 • 36 min
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 sponsors: Go…
Comedy Is Like Making Pasta From Scratch (with Paul F. Tompkins)
Mar 19 • 35 min
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 chain…
Other People’s Holidays
Mar 12 • 42 min
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.…
Why Won’t Anyone Invite Michael Pollan To Dinner?
Mar 5 • 30 min
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 range…
How To Be A Good Ice Cream Citizen
Feb 26 • 38 min
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 stand…
“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…