Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful, which explores the huge, fun world of food and eating that lies beyond the realm of chefs, restaurants and recipes. It's not for foodies, it's for eaters.
Dan started The Sporkful as a hobby, but since it launched in 2010, it's grown into the #1 food podcast in iTunes.
Typical Sporkful topics include sandwich engineering, the horror of office fridge food theft, the science of chocolate, etiquette and ethics in nacho consumption, and the ideal surface-area-to-volume ratio of ice cubes. You know, the important things.
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 27, 2015
Is a buttered roll a sandwich? Is it still brunch if it’s 2 pm? Dan debates food and language with Peter Kim from the Museum of Food and Drink and Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist.
Monday, April 20, 2015
The popular comedian talks about trying to eat healthier and the frustrations of getting his autistic son to do the same. Plus Ron explains why comedy is a lot like cooking.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sure, IBM's artificially intelligent computer system, Watson, can win Jeopardy. But can he make dinner?
Monday, April 13, 2015
The host of Bizarre Foods says, “We have such a narrow definition of what’s edible.” So IBM wants its Watson technology to discover new flavors and foods. But how will the future taste?
Monday, April 06, 2015
What’s the difference between a good donut and a great one? Dan travels from Portland to Brooklyn in search of the answer.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Slate's Mike Pesca and I discuss what you can tell about a workplace based on the kitchen. Then I offer Mike a detailed critique of his sandwich construction methods.
Monday, March 23, 2015
We talk to a guy whose Freedom of Information Act request pried open the CIA cafeteria suggestion box. Turns out even spies hate stale bread. Plus the unwritten rules of office potlucks.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
A splash of milk for your coffee might pass, but helping yourself to a whole sandwich? Like any controversial office issue, the ethical lines that cut through the fridge aren't so clear.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Sporkful's Dan Pashman parodies "Serial" with an office fridge/stolen lunch investigation, and tries to come up with guidelines for when sharing crosses the line.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. Sporkful listeners call in with contrasting perspectives.
Monday, March 09, 2015
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.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Dan talks to the Moist Towelette Museum's curator, then discusses whether napkin color affects meal enjoyment and whether restaurants should be banned from using scented hand soap.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sporkful host Dan Pashman feasts on Philly's most iconic foods, then brings samples to a scientist to find out what makes greasy treats like cheesesteak and scrapple so irresistible.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Dan tries chicken feet and a dessert soup called tang yuan with some passionate eaters who are defying stereotypes of Asian-Americans.
Monday, February 09, 2015
What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? How can couples share power in the kitchen? We talk food and relationships with Dan Savage and Death, Sex and Money’s Anna Sale.
Monday, February 02, 2015
Listeners call in to confess their quirkiest eating habits and desires. But if we’re all weird, doesn’t that make us all normal?
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ahead of the Super Bowl, we'll be giving you a daily dip for each day leading up to the game. Today we look at the elements that go into a game favorite: Slow cooker dips.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ahead of the Super Bowl, we'll be giving you a daily dip for each day leading up to the game. Today we look at the elements that go into a hearty favorite: Entree dips.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Ahead of the Super Bowl, we'll be giving you a daily dip for each day leading up to the game. Today we look at the elements that go into America's favorite dip: Salsa.
Monday, January 26, 2015
If the shelves go empty and delivery's a no-go, you're going to be eating from your larder during this blizzard. Here's how to make the most of it.