The Sporkful

The Sporkful

The Sporkful

CATEGORY: Arts
We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman, who's also the inventor of the new pasta shape cascatelli. James Beard and Webby Award winner for Best Food Podcast. A Stitcher Production.
  1. September 26, 2022
    25 min
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    Celebrating Shabbat At Wendy’s
    Shabbat — the Jewish Sabbath – begins every Friday at sundown with a meal. But in all the years that Jews have been having Shabbat dinner, there’s no record in the rabbinic texts of it happening at the fast foo…
  2. September 19, 2022
    35 min
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    Inside The Consumer Reports Test Labs
    Dan goes inside Consumer Reports, the independent nonprofit that tests and rates everything from toaster ovens to frozen pizzas to luxury cars. CR takes testing very seriously, and Dan gets to see their process…
  3. September 12, 2022
    37 min
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    Malcolm Gladwell Only Drinks Five Liquids
    Author and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell immigrated to Canada when he was young, the child of an English father and Jamaican mother. He’s always felt like an outsider. He hated maple syrup, in a town that hosts…
  4. September 05, 2022
    31 min
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    This Man Can Identify Pizza From Its Grease Stain
    By day, Scott Wiener leads pizza tours around New York City. By night, he shares his Brooklyn apartment with his world record-holding pizza box collection. Since going all in on pizza, he’s visited tomato farms…
  5. August 29, 2022
    29 min
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    Why Desk Lunches Are Illegal In France
    In France, you either leave your desk during lunch, or you’re breaking the law. Which makes Kaitlin Plachy, an American expat in Strasbourg who secretly eats at her desk most days, an outlaw. So why do the Fren…
  6. August 22, 2022
    27 min
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    Sohla And Ham El-Waylly Settle A Pancake Dispute
    Chefs and YouTube stars Sohla and Ham El-Waylly first met in culinary school, where they geeked out over hydrocolloids and molecular gastronomy. Since then they’ve gotten married, opened (and closed) a restaura…
  7. August 08, 2022
    32 min
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    When Opera Rejected Alexander Smalls, He Opened A Restaurant
    After 15 years as an opera singer and winning a Grammy and a Tony, Alexander Smalls got turned down for a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera. He’d hit the same glass ceiling that held back many Black opera sin…
  8. August 01, 2022
    36 min
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    The Problem With The International Aisle (Live)
    What has to happen for Vietnamese lemongrass barbecue sauce to take up as much space as Texas barbecue sauce on an American grocery store shelf? There’s a whole generation of young entrepreneurs — many of them…
  9. July 25, 2022
    39 min
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    Traveling Back In Time For Coconut Cake
    Dan goes on an adventure around Los Angeles, starting at the airport. Where is he going? He doesn't know.
  10. July 18, 2022
    31 min
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    Phil Rosenthal Has A Menu Strategy
    Wherever Phil Rosenthal goes, he wants to eat — which explains the name of his Netflix show, Somebody Feed Phil. He travels the world with wide eyes, an empty stomach, and a bottomless supply of delight at the…
  11. July 11, 2022
    29 min
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    2 Chefs And A Lie: Canadian Prime Minister Edition
    Dan gives up the hosting chair and becomes a contestant in our most popular (and only) Sporkful game show, 2 Chefs And A Lie! The game is simple. Dan talks with three “chefs.”
  12. July 04, 2022
    44 min
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    A Quick History Of American Barbecue
    Barbecue is America’s culinary national pastime. Dozens of  books have been written about it, food writers criss-cross the country looking for the best places, and people wait hours to eat at the most famous sp…
  13. June 27, 2022
    35 min
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    After His Father’s Death, Carlos Frías Found Solace In Miami’s Ventanitas
    Fernando Frías was a successful cafe and restaurant owner in Havana, but when Fidel Castro came to power, the government nationalized Fernando’s businesses and imprisoned him when he tried to leave the country.…
  14. June 20, 2022
    42 min
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    Don’t Call Stephen Satterfield Brilliant. Invest In Him Instead.
    You might know Stephen Satterfield as the host of Netflix’s High on the Hog, but he’s also one of the only Black food magazine publishers in the country. Inspired by his work as a sommelier and in the South Afr…
  15. June 13, 2022
    33 min
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    Nicole Taylor Busted Through The Door Of Food Media
    When Nicole Taylor was writing her first cookbook, publishers were expecting her to focus on soul food — because she’s Black. Like Freda DeKnight, the Ebony food editor we heard about last week, Nicole knew tha…
  16. June 06, 2022
    28 min
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    The Table Freda Built
    Today ahead of Juneteenth we’re launching “By Us For Everyone,” a three-part series about how Black American food is represented in media, and how those portrayals change when Black people are in charge of them…
  17. May 30, 2022
    35 min
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    Lunchtime With The Simpsons
    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. Turns out the writers are just as obsessed with food as all of the show’s fo…
  18. May 23, 2022
    31 min
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    Help! My Spouse Keeps Eating Old Eggs And Raw Meat
    When you’re served a plate with a variety of foods on it, should you put a bit of each on the fork to create one multi-faceted bite? Or alternate between foods? A married couple comes to us for mediation in thi…
  19. May 16, 2022
    30 min
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    Women Shouldn’t Cook For Free, Says Asma Khan
    The London restaurant Darjeeling Express is the place to go for an outstanding mutton kebab, and for celebrity sightings. But the chef behind this hotspot has no formal culinary training. Asma Khan started her…
  20. May 09, 2022
    24 min
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    Cold Case: Office Fridge Food Theft Edition
    It’s Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found.

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