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:
Rachel Maddow, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich and Slate's Julia Turner: Eat More Better Book Release Spectacular!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Monday, October 06, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Healthy fast-food sounds like a bit of of an oxymoron, but that hasn't stopped consumers from going on a quest to find it. And nowadays, it looks like the greasy hamburger and fries soon be behind us.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
There are a lot of desserts named after severe weather phenomena, but not all of them are created equal. We asked tornado alley's top meteorologist, Gary England, to help us rank some of these desserts, based on the severity of the weather they are named for. In addition to Gary England's dessert rankings, the newest episode of The Sporkful includes a conversation Paul Breslin about how weather affects our tastes. Breslin is a professor with the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University. He also works with the Monell Chemical Senses Center, researching taste perception.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Earlier this year, we reported that shortages of limes, avocados, and pork have sent prices of margaritas, guacamole, and bacon sky high. And now the unthinkable: Mars and Hershey have announced that they will be increasing the prices of chocolate products price by seven and eight percent, respectively. How will we cope?
Friday, July 25, 2014
I was eight years old when Dairy Queen introduced their now-famous Blizzard. A perfect concoction of ice cream and candy, it nurtured the young eater that I was, and led me to gain more than a few pounds during that magical summer. Years later, working a dead-end temp job in Chicago, my life had a lot less magic. But the Dairy Queen Blizzard visited me in my dreams one night, giving me solace and hope. The dream was so vivid and so intense, that I spent most of the next day writing a poem about the Blizzard; and I share that fine poem with you now.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
A heated debate over the definition of a sandwich — and what makes for the best kind — featuring Sporkful host and "strict sandwich constructionist" Dan Pashman.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Sporkful host, Dan Pashman, throws down over what does and doesn't constitute a sandwich...beginning with his controversial stance that a hot dog is NOT a sandwich. He's joined by participants from a variety of backgrounds, including John Hodgman, Micki Maynard of the New York Times, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, and the Planet Money team (who recently reported on why the state of New York defines a burrito as a sandwich).
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Melon balls look nice, but they roll all over the plate. Squares and rectangles are fine but boring. By employing the same spiral cut technology used for Easter hams, we can eat watermelon better.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, and Hillary Frank, host of The Longest Shortest Time, discuss how to eat well — or try to — while parenting. Plus, Leonard declares a winner in Hillary & Dan's great graham cracker debate.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Eating off children's plates is part of the everyday dining experience for parents. But can you find hidden gems? Watch Dan Pashman's video guide to what's edible and what's just too gross.