Dan Pashman

Dan Pashman is the creator and host of the James Beard Award-nominated WNYC food podcast The Sporkful, where he and guests discuss, debate, and obsess over ridiculous food minutiae in search of new and better ways to eat.

He started it as a hobby, but after iTunes named it a Best New Podcast of 2010, it grew into one of the most popular food podcasts on the web.

Typical Sporkful topics include sandwich engineering, buffet strategy, etiquette and ethics in nacho consumption, and the ideal surface-area-to-volume ratio of ice cubes. You know, the important things. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters.

Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel's Good to Know and You're Eating It Wrong, and a contributor to NPR, Slate, and LA's KCRW. In October 2014, Simon & Schuster will publish his first book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious.

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 with his wife and two daughters.


Dan Pashman appears in the following:

Anthony Weiner Leaves No Child's Mac and Cheese Behind

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How do you find deliciousness among the detritus of your kids' table scraps? Do you ever sneak treats when your kids aren't looking, or try to get them to order the thing you want to eat at a restaurant, since you know they won't finish it anyway? If so, what's the best way to do it without them catching on? Anthony Weiner weighs in. 

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How to Eat off Your Children's Plates

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Like burying beetles and blowflies, parents are natural scavengers. When our little kids finish eating, we swoop in to survey the scene and forage for the tasty morsels they've left behind. Most of the time, however, it's slim pickings. I've identified a hierarchy of small children's table scraps, to help parents decide where to draw the line between edible and trash-worthy. Here they are, from the ideal scenario to the bottom of the barrel...

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The Hot Dog King of Chicago Hangs Up His Hat

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There's no shortage of hot dog and sausage joints in Chicago, but one restaurant inspires a level of devotion unlike any other--Hot Doug's. People come from all over the country to wait in line for hours for a taste of their exotic sausage concoctions and Chicago style hot dogs. Doug has turned down million dollar offers to expand, and recently, he announced that he's closing up shop in October. Dan Pashman travels to Hot Doug's to find out what makes it special and why Doug is walking away. Also in this show, Dan explains why hot dogs are sandwiches and covers the time that hot dogs defeated the Nazis.

4 Tips for Beating Bad Buns and Overcoming Overcondimentation

Monday, June 30, 2014

As we head into July 4th weekend it's time to look at some of the common barriers to hot dog enjoyment, and cover the solutions.

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Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When it comes to the correct definition of a sandwich, Dan Pashman is a strict constructionist. But despite his conservative approach to sandwichdom, he considers a hot dog to be a sandwich and was shocked - and angered - to learn others don't agree. 

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Is the Creator of Stuffed Crust Pizza Sorry?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tom Ryan invented the Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza, as well as McDonald’s McGriddle. We talk to the culinary mad scientist about how he came up with these innovations - and how to best enjoy them.


Eat Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Baseball season is in full swing and if someone takes you out to a ball game, you'll likely ask them to buy you some peanuts and Cracker Jack. Before you place your order, you should know what you're in for. 

8 Tips for Summer Food Festival Success

Friday, May 23, 2014

Food festivals can confer great rewards, but they also come with great peril. Here's how to get the most out of the summer food fest explosion.

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Smorgasburg Smackdown

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The summer food fest takes place Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Leonard Lopate and Sporkful host Dan Pashman each visited one and compare favorites and strategies.

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The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Belgian Waffle

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The woman who brought the Belgian waffle to America says we're doing it wrong. But there's hope.

How to Survive Without Sriracha

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The spicy condiment maker may be forced to shut its lone factory after nearby residents complained about the ill effects of chile odors. The decision could mean the difference between a mediocre stir fry for dinner and a great one - here's what you use instead of the chili sauce.

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Eating With Kelis

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Her milkshake might bring all the boys to the yard, but these days, the songwriter-chef is using dairy products for more than just innuendos. She talks about the differences between making an album and making a meal, and why she compares herself to a cast iron skillet.

Kelis: From 'Milkshake' To 'Food,' A Soulful Reinvention

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kelis Rogers is nothing if not versatile. A trained chef and singer best known for her 2003 hit, "Milkshake," Kelis combines her two loves in a new album called "Food". Hear her perform in the studio and talk jerk ribs with Dan Pashman, host of WNYC's Sporkful podcast. 


Pizza Legends Patsy and Carol Grimaldi: The Sporkful Interview

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In the wake of the recent passing of Carol Grimaldi, we're replaying this classic Sporkful interview with a pair of New York pizza legends.

How to Make Passover Sangria

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As it turns out, several Passover staples form the perfect base for sangria. Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful podcast, shares his recipe for Passover Sangria.

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How to Survive the Lime, Bacon & Avocado Shortage

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's a dark day for foodies in America. Shortages of limes and pork have sent prices sky high. And now a potential shortage of avocados has people worried. How will we make guacamole? Eat BLTs? Enjoy a cold, tasty margarita?

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The Science and Religion of Matzoh

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Matzoh isn't just for Jews, and it isn't just for Passover. It's a delicious, plain cracker that's ideal for all people all year round! In a quest to better understand and appreciate matzoh, Dan travels to the Manischewitz factory in Newark, NJ, to interview a Southern Baptist matzoh expert named Randall Copeland and Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, who is an expert on kosher law.

Rehabbing Broccoli's Reputation

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Step off haters. Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, talks about why broccoli is exciting and versatile.

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Broccoli Sub, Broccoli Tacos, and More with Chef Tyler Kord of No. 7

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Think broccoli is boring? Chef Tyler Kord makes a broccoli sub, double-decker broccoli tacos, and fried broccoli, and they're all amazing. He says a ham and cheese sandwich isn't complete without broccoli. He even wrote a whole cookbook about broccoli.

Weird Al Yankovic: The Sporkful Interview

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In this very special episode of The Sporkful, Dan sits down with the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic, the man behind "Eat It," "Fat," "My Balogna," and so many other classic food-related parody songs.