The Sporkful

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.


  • Where All The Chefs Are Grandmas

    Dec 09 2019

    A visit to a very exclusive holiday party... When Jody lost his grandmother, mom, and sister within a few years, he opened a restaurant to deal with the grief. But this place is very different from other Staten Island Italian joints. Today’s sponsors: Go to Hallmark.com/sporkful to shop holiday cards for everyone on your list. Use promo code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your card purchase. Go to MeUndies.com/SPORKFUL to get your 15% off your first pair, free shipping, and a 100% Satisf...more

  • Live: You'll Never Find Vegan Dishes At My Restaurant

    Dec 02 2019

    Angie Mar's book is “a giant ‘F you’ to every other cookbook"… When Chef Angie Mar threw a party recently to celebrate the release of her new book, people were drinking from mini champagne bottles with straws. Her favorite part was “watching my guests scoop obscene amounts of caviar on their French fries and gnaw on rib bones, butter dripping down their arms on to their tuxedos.” This image encapsulates the whole feeling of Angie Mar’s book, Butcher and Beast, and restaurant, The Beatrice Inn. I...more

  • Aasif Mandvi is a Human Turducken

    Nov 25 2019

    The former Daily Show correspondent talks food and his triple identity: Indian, British, American… Aasif Manddvi isn't a fan of American food excess – except when it provides the perfect metaphor for his own tri-cultural upbringing. He talks about making sense of his dueling identities, his love of peanut butter, and the fight he had with his father over a Big Gulp. Catch his new podcast, Lost at the Smithsonian, from Stitcher.

  • Live: You're Eating Gay Cheese

    Nov 18 2019

    Virginia is for (wine and cheese) lovers... Can you make a good vegan cheese? What in the world is orange wine? We find out when Dan heads to the Fire, Flour, & Fork Festival in Richmond, VA, to talk with the craftspeople building the growing wine and vegan cheese scenes in the state.

  • A Forager's Life

    Nov 11 2019

    A Forager’s LifeDan goes foraging!...Jay Marion is a master forager who lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. One chef says, “Jay can consistently find world-class ingredients just by going for a walk in the woods.” This week, Dan joins Jay for one of those walks, and hears the story of how his business got to where it is today. Jay Marion had the foraging knowledge he got from his grandparents, and the business sense to get in early on a growing trend. But as we hear when Dan joins him for a f...more

  • My Food History Wasn't Lost. It was Stolen.

    Nov 04 2019

    Poet Tommy Pico tells the story of building his own indigenous food history from scratch... A few years ago, Tommy Pico, a queer indigenous American poet, and lover of junk food, set out to learn how to cook. But rather than turn to the past to find an indigenous food history, he turned to friends to build his own. His new book FEED, an epic poem, chronicles that journey. Tommy and Dan chat about the horrors of airport vegetarian options, what it’s like when the food you grow up with is connecte...more

  • Live: Is Sparkling Water Actually Water?

    Oct 28 2019

    Myq Kaplan is a linguist, vegan, and stand-up comic, so he and Dan debate the definition of water and whether eggless vegan mayo should be called mayo. Plus, is picking all the pretzels out of a snack mix wrong? A philosophy professor tells us what Socrates would say. Live on stage from Tufts University!Today's Sponsors: Go to Aria.com to see how they Vegas. Go to KingArthurFlour.com/Sporkful to get an additional 25% off some of their favorite recipes, like the Caramelized Brie and Oni...more

  • 2 | When Black Chefs Created Plantation Food

    Oct 21 2019

    We visit one of America’s most famous plantations with three descendants of enslaved Virginians... In 1784, Thomas Jefferson brought the enslaved chef James Hemings, brother of Sally Hemings, with him to France, to train under the French culinary masters of the day. Hemings used what he learned to create a cuisine that was half French, half Virginian, and brought it back to Jefferson's plantation, Monticello. French fries. Ice cream. Mac and cheese. Meringue. All of these foods came to America t...more

  • 1 | When White People Say Plantation

    Oct 14 2019

    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 to evoke? Inspired by a piece by food writer Osayi Endolyn, we go on a mission to find out. In the process, we try to learn something about whiteness in America. Today's sponsors: Go to Larabar.com to explore all the fun flavors....more

  • Inside the Olympics of Bread Baking

    Oct 10 2019

    To love making bread as much as Jeff Yankellow does, "you have to be crazy," he says. Jeff's official title at KinArthur 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 time he competed for the bread world's biggest prize, to answer listener questions about baking, and to explain why the flour you choose matters.This entire special mini episode is sponsored by King Arthur Flour, a 100% employee-owned baking comp...more

  • Claire Saffitz Teaches the Internet How to Bake

    Oct 07 2019

    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 approach very different from other food TV shows. In this week's podcast she answers Sporkful caller questions, rejects the idea that baking is stiff and stuffy, and reveals her little-known background in French culinary history.Today's sponsors:&nb...more

  • A New Apple is Born

    Sep 30 2019

    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 birth, with help from Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist podcast, and NPR reporter Dan Charles.Today's sponsors: Download the mobile app or go to instacart.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL at checkout for $10 off and free delivery on your first...more

  • Is Sandwich Sexism Real?

    Sep 23 2019

    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 and exclusive offers. Go to thirdlove.com/sporkful for 15% off your first purchase. This week we're making an Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/eggplant-parme...more

  • Can You Spot A Fake Chef?

    Sep 16 2019

    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 chefs Today's sponsors: Go to ADA.org/sporkful today for more information. Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL to receive exclusive offers and learn more. Go to peteandgerrys.com to learn more. This week we're making an Egg, Ham, and Chedda...more

  • Why Food Is Like Fashion with Style Icon Simon Doonan

    Sep 09 2019

    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 approach to fashion is a lot like Dan's approach to food. And yet, people still expect both of them to be judgmental. So what does that say about our culture? And how did Simon become so self-assured? Plus, Simon talks about self-help, Marianne William...more

  • Natasha Leggero And Moshe Kasher Save Dan's Marriage

    Sep 02 2019

    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 and dinner parties. Plus, Natasha and Moshe discuss their own marital tensions about dining out, finances, and soup.Today's sponsors: Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL to receive exclusive offers and learn more. Go to NativeDeoderant.com ...more

  • Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain

    Aug 26 2019

    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 their differences in the kitchen -- and in life.Today's sponsors: Go to nationsphotolab.com and use code sporkful15 for 15% off your order. This week we're making a Berry Mint English Muffin on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the rec...more

  • Till Food Allergies Do We Part

    Aug 19 2019

    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 experience to help a listener whose serious food allergy is affecting his relationship with his fiancée. Plus, what do you do when your husband won’t stop slopping hummus onto everything you cook? And why won’t Amy accept Dan’s instagram request?Today's...more

  • Jelly: A Musical Odyssey

    Aug 12 2019

    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 jelly became an affirmation for LGBTQIA+ identity. For the grand finale, we compose and perform an original song about jelly.Today's sponsors: Go to nationsphotolab.com and use code sporkful15 for 15% off your order. Go to RaddishKid...more

  • Live: Pigs In Blankets: One Woman's Journey

    Aug 08 2019

    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 engaged in a different kind of youthful discovery – she was falling in love with pigs in blankets. Little did she know that this classic appetizer would become the foundation for her meteoric rise to catering stardom. In this week's show, taped l...more

  • Live: Marcus Samuelsson: "Somebody Lied"

    Aug 05 2019

    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 Samuelsson talks about the life experiences that have informed his approach to food, responds to criticism of his restaurants, and tells us about a new dish he’s working on that gives a rare window into the mind of a chef.Today's sponsors:...more

  • Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge

    Jul 29 2019

    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 bad."Today's sponsors: Go to Rothys.com/SPORKFUL to get your new favorite flats.Get access to 500+ more Sporkful episodes and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful&nb...more

  • Live: Rapper Dessa Invented An Ice Cream

    Jul 25 2019

    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 us about trying to use science to alter her brain, in the wake of a bad breakup. Turns out the story also reveals something about Dessa's eating habits. Today's sponsors: Go to visitmilwaukee.org/plan to get your trip started.Get ...more

  • Bill Nye, Food Science Guy!

    Jul 22 2019

    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 faster? On his new podcast, Science Rules!, Bill and science writer Corey S. Powell answer questions on just about anything in the universe.Today's sponsors: Go to betterhelp.com/sporkful and enter code SPORKFUL for 10% off your fi...more

  • Is It Rude To Add Salt At The Table?

    Jul 15 2019

    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 -- Dan's mom Linda, who's a therapist. Plus, Linda talks about how Dan ate when he was a kid, and they answer listener questions about pizza construction, napkin etiquette, and more.Today's sponsors: Go to Audible.com/sporkful (or text...more

  • Live: A Poem About A Chicken Shack

    Jul 11 2019

    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 might serve at their wedding, and debate the meaning of brunch.Today's sponsors: Go to GiveAGallon.com to donate to a food bank in your community. Go to NationsPhotoLab.com and use code SPORKFUL15 for 15% off your order. Go...more

  • This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak

    Jul 08 2019

    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 our brains than our stomachs.)Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.Today's sponsors: Go to b...more

  • A Restaurant Critic Changes the Rules

    Jul 01 2019

    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 politics and how I use those things to inform those parts of my identity.” Soleil joins Dan to talk about questioning everything — with everyone watching. Today's sponsors: Go to Food52.com/shop and use code sporkful for 10% off y...more

  • Even Bros Scramble Eggs

    Jun 24 2019

    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 of career inadequacy, when his wife Samantha Bee's star rose faster than his. That dynamic is parodied in Jason's hit show The Detour, on TBS. So does that mean he's really a softie? As Dan learned when they met up, it's not so simple.Today's s...more

  • The Secret At Grace Church

    Jun 17 2019

    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 tell my rabbi I'm here," one woman told Dan before leaving with her bounty. This week, Dan travels to New England to uncover Grace Church's secret recipe and learn the surprising history the church holds in its stained glass.Today's sponsors: Go ...more

  • The Holy Smoker

    Jun 10 2019

    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 using food to carry out their missions in surprising ways.Today's sponsors: Go to LinkedIn.com/SPORKFUL to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Go to milklife.com for more information.Get access to 500+ more Sporkful episo...more