Dan Pashman

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.

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Dan Pashman appears in the following:

President Obama Eats His Pie Crust First

Monday, March 13, 2017

In our Pi Day Spectacular, a former White House pastry chef reveals the very particular way President Obama eats his pie. Plus, a mathematician talks pi and pie.

Is Cereal a Soup?

Friday, March 10, 2017

In this special podcast version of Dan's new animated web video series The Snackdown, he and Food Network's Justin Warner debate a pressing question.

Comic Maeve Higgins Is On The Michael Fassbender Diet

Monday, March 06, 2017

The writer and comedian tells us how she handles meals alone or with a sad friend, and explains why she still feels more Irish than Irish-American.

Is Sandwich Sexism Real?

Monday, February 27, 2017

In this special Sporkful investigation, we order sandwiches around New York City to find out whether places make smaller sandwiches for women.

May Contain Nuts Pt. 2: Fear of Food

Monday, February 20, 2017

Is it possible to experience total food joy, when you're always afraid that something you eat will make you sick? Our look at life with food allergies continues.

May Contain Nuts Pt. 1: Alpha Gal Returns

Monday, February 13, 2017

Amy Pearl loved meat -- until a steak almost killed her. We hear her riveting (and hilarious) story, and explore how allergies change your relationship with food and people.

A Very Halal Valentine’s with Taz Ahmed

Monday, February 06, 2017

The co-host of Good Muslim Bad Muslim tells us how to share food without killing the romance, and why she wishes guys she dates would stop trying to out-Muslim her.

Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Conan’s sidekick tells us why he chose a really nice refrigerator over a sports car. And he traces his issues with weight back to a childhood ice cream outing with his grandmother.

Is It OK To Save Seats In A Crowded Restaurant?

Friday, January 27, 2017

At a busy restaurant with counter service, is it OK to claim your seat before you get your food? A listener calls in with an ethical quandary.

What Rock Star Sammy Hagar and Chef Jacques Pepin Have In Common

Monday, January 23, 2017

We eat fresh mozzarella with the former Van Halen frontman and drink beer out of paper cups with the legendary French chef. It turns out neither of these guys is who you think they are.

The Great Office Coffee Election

Monday, January 16, 2017

We follow one woman’s quest to get better coffee in her office, culminating in a companywide taste test. Plus we ask experts whether caffeine actually makes us more productive.

Raina One Year Later

Monday, January 09, 2017

Last year Dan spoke with a young woman who was on the verge of developing an eating disorder. This week he speaks with her again to see how she's doing one year later.

The Restaurateur Who Got Rid Of Tipping

Monday, January 02, 2017

Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer explains why tipping is a hoax, which questions his servers aren't allowed to ask, and how his dad's bankruptcies affected him.

New Year's Food Resolutions 2017

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what they resolve to eat more of in the new year. Plus we replay one of our weirdest, favoritest shows from 2016.

Special Delivery

Monday, December 19, 2016

We deliver food to elderly New Yorkers who can't shop or cook for themselves, and talk with them about the role food plays in their lives today.

When Is It OK To Send Food Back?

Friday, December 16, 2016

If the food at a restaurant just isn’t your taste, should you send it back? A father and daughter disagree, so Dan and Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats weigh in.

This Puerto Rican Eggnog Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad

Monday, December 12, 2016

We talk with coquito masters in Harlem and a moonshiner in the Bronx to learn about the holiday drink that’s the centerpiece of a Puerto Rican Christmas celebration.

Padma Lakshmi Was An Ice Cream Mule

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Top Chef host talks about food memories from her childhood in India, the challenges of straddling two cultures, and the judgments people make about her body and her brains.

Inside a Thriving Truffle Business

Monday, December 05, 2016

"Sporkful" host Dan Pashman gets an inside look at the economics of a local truffle dealer's business. 

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Who Eats A Bag Of Dried Mango On The Couch?

Friday, December 02, 2016

Are some foods meant for snacking on-the-go and others for snacking at home? Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt step into one couple's dispute.