Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful, where Dan and his guests obsess over the details of eating to uncover truths about food--and people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters.
Typical Sporkful episodes range from a look at what it's like to go out to a restaurant when you're in a wheelchair to an investigation into what the sounds foods make are telling us to interviews with popular comedians and entertainers.
Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel's James Beard Award-nominated web series You're Eating It Wrong, and a contributor to NPR, Slate, BuzzFeed, and LA's KCRW. His first book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.
Before starting The Sporkful, Dan worked as a radio and print journalist and producer covering news, politics, music, and culture for NPR, Vanity Fair, Slate, and the Washington Post. He's reported from the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.
Dan is originally from Upper Saddle River, NJ. He's a graduate of Tufts University and currently lives outside New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Dan Pashman appears in the following:
Monday, April 25, 2016
The native Minnesotan explains why a little internal bleeding can't keep her from a treat, and why the way she eats salad is like the way she deals with depression.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The man who runs one of the biggest matzoh factories in the world schools us on the science behind these excellent crackers. Then Dan debates kosher law with a rabbi.
Monday, April 11, 2016
The founder of America’s Test Kitchen hates celebrations and says pleasure's annoying. He explains why he thinks cooking isn't about either, and how he got this way.
Monday, April 04, 2016
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. And Heather’s life will never be the same.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Artist Ashok Kondabolu and comedian Michelle Buteau grew up straddling multiple food cultures. For them, cultural appropriation and assimilation are very personal.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
How do our assumptions about people affect our assumptions about their food? And how do their assumptions about our food affect how we feel about ourselves?
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The actress says she's fed up with stereotypes of her and her food. And she tells the story of eating in Puerto Rico for the first time and thinking, "This is me."
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Joe McNeil's order at a segregated lunch counter in 1960 changed the way Americans eat forever. We met him for lunch to discuss his historic protest -- and the finer points of apple pie.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Why are we willing to pay more for Italian and Japanese food than Chinese and Mexican cuisine? Turns out, stereotypes about people have a lot to do with what we eat.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
A look at the fine line between combining cultural cuisines and appropriating them.
Monday, March 21, 2016
What happens when people cook food from a culture that's not their own? Celebrity chef Rick Bayless opens up about the pros and cons of cultural exchange.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
What can we learn about how we perceive culture and race by talking about food? Listen here for a sneak preview of our upcoming special series, "Other People's Food."
Monday, March 14, 2016
Dan hangs out with WNYC's John Hockenberry, a blogger who calls himself "The Disabled Foodie," and YouTube star Zach Anner to find out what it's like to dine out in a wheelchair.
Monday, March 07, 2016
What do a great bartender and a great priest have in common? We ask a Catholic priest who moonlights as a mixologist.
Monday, February 29, 2016
A married couple calls in to debate whether to make their kids eat green beans with silverware. But like so many marital disputes, this one isn't really about green beans.
Monday, February 22, 2016
The leader of the farm-to-table movement loves Cracker Jacks, hates questions about GMO's, and says no one invites him to dinner. Are his followers missing his message?
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Is the toaster the enemy of good bagels, a friend to bad ones, or both? Dan moderates this debate with Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt and Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
We tried using apps to stop sugar cravings. It didn't work. Now, we want to hear your stories.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Chef Charles Phan shows us the right way to eat Vietnamese pho. Then we take a deep dive into the science of soup slurping with a researcher who studies the mechanics of eating.
Monday, February 08, 2016
The Sporkful Family Food Court is back in session. Listeners call in with disputes over when to eat movie popcorn and whether eating salad dressing makes you an adult.