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, September 28, 2015
The comic discusses food shame and whether the high from eating sausage gravy is worth the sadness that follows.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Managing culinary director of Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt weighs in on whether eggless mayo can really be considered mayonnaise.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Lilly and her father Chris disagree on the best way to make root beer floats, but they're on the same page when it comes to this classic treat's restorative powers.
Monday, September 07, 2015
Kids pitch Dan and Hillary Frank (Longest Shortest Time) their innovative food concoctions. Is the world ready for hot dogs with peanut butter and chili milkshakes?
Monday, August 31, 2015
Two Sporkful listeners call in to debate the best way to make enchiladas: flat (lasagna style) or rolled. Can Dan's advice restore peace and save Enchilada Party Night?
Monday, August 24, 2015
We talk to the woman whose family introduced America to Belgian waffles more than 50 years ago, and a young waffle-maker who’s shaking things up. Can they find common ground?
Monday, August 17, 2015
Shower beers have long been a delicious, easy way to pamper yourself. But some Sporkful listeners take shower drinking -- and eating -- to a whole new level.
Monday, August 10, 2015
The band Spoon discusses their post-show popcorn ritual, a mathematician turns a bagel into a Mobius strip, and an opera singer performs an aria about donuts. Live on stage in Chicago!
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Bagels are getting too big and puffy, throwing off proper ratios to cream cheese and lox. Something must be done.
Monday, August 03, 2015
Live on stage from Chicago! Hot Doug explains why he turned down millions and closed his famous sausage shop, and one of the top chefs in the world reveals his favorite candy.
Friday, July 31, 2015
A word of advice to presidential candidates: when on the campaign trial, eat the local food like the locals do.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Jen in D.C. calls in to The Sporkful for guidance on eating well while dating a picky eater, and a feuding husband and wife debate the best way to eat a cornbread muffin.
Monday, July 20, 2015
The food-obsessed comic discusses eating with his five children, navigating birthday parties and buffets, his dad's steaks, and when it's OK to lie to your kids.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Adam and Jonathan in L.A. call in to The Sporkful to debate a dystopian future with only one cheese, and Erica in Illinois ponders the metaphysics of grilled cheese sandwiches.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Comic Wyatt Cenac takes us for curry goat in his old neighborhood and tells us how it feels to go out to eat in the place where you grew up -- and suddenly realize you're an outsider.
Monday, July 06, 2015
43 percent of people say they've been the victims of office food theft. What's the best way to navigate the brutal terrain of the office fridge?
Monday, June 29, 2015
We fill a taxi full of food and take it to JFK Airport at sundown to break the Ramadan fast with Muslim cab drivers. What could go wrong?
Monday, June 22, 2015
The order of your toppings affects how your burger tastes. We find out why, and dig into the science of burger smashing.
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Sporkful's Dan Pashman and Faith Durand, executive editor of The Kitchn, give tips and tricks for packing a healthy, delicious, lunch.
Monday, June 15, 2015
How did vanilla become the default flavor of ice cream? And what's the ideal temperature of pie when served a la mode? We investigate, with Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport and Weird Al.