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.


Dan Pashman appears in the following:

Calls: Is It OK To Eat All Your Popcorn Before The Movie Starts?

Monday, February 08, 2016

The Sporkful Family Food Court is back in session. Listeners call in with disputes over when to eat movie popcorn and whether eating salad dressing makes you an adult. 

A Deep Dive into Dips and Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, February 05, 2016

Dan Pashman, host of WNYC’s The Sporkful podcast, deconstructs the essential Super Bowl snacks. 

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Dumpling Architecture: Redesigning Lunar New Year

Monday, February 01, 2016

Writer (and iconoclast) Jiayang Fan argues that dumplings are overrated. Can a group of architects improve the design of Lunar New Year’s beloved comfort food?

Live: Is Sparkling Water Actually Water?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Comic Myq Kaplan debates the definition of water with Dan. Plus, is picking all the pretzels out of a snack mix wrong? A philosophy professor tells us what Socrates would say.

Why You Should Listen To Your Food

Monday, January 18, 2016

Changing the background music can make chocolate taste sweeter. Hear and taste the difference for yourself in this episode of The Sporkful.

Margaret Cho's Always Been 'Hollywood Obese'

Monday, January 11, 2016

The comedian's eating disorder nearly killed her. She offers advice to a teenage Sporkful listener who may be heading down the same path. But will it help?

Bonus: The Very First Sporkful Ever

Thursday, January 07, 2016

In honor of The Sporkful's sixth anniversary, we're re-releasing our first episode ever, in which Dan and former co-host Mark Garrison debate all things ice cubes.

Canadian Food Invasion! With Comic Ophira Eisenberg and Chef Matty Matheson

Monday, January 04, 2016

Poutine is flooding across America's northern border! But what's so great about fries, gravy, and cheese curds? Two patriotic Canadians school us in their native food and culture.

Ring In The New Year With A Beer In The Shower

Monday, December 28, 2015

We reveal the foods we resolve to eat more of next year and replay our favorite episode from 2015. If you've ever sipped a beer in the shower, this one's for you.

Are You A Sucker If You Like Mast Brothers Chocolate?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Mast Brothers have been called the "celebrity hipster chocolatiers" of Brooklyn. Lately, they've been accused of defrauding their customers. But that depends on how their chocolate tastes to you.


Is That Artisanal Food Gift Really So Luxurious?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Not all luxury food gifts being shilled this time of year are what they're cut out to be. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman explains.  

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Live: Perfecting The 140-Character Restaurant Review (with Mimi Sheraton)

Monday, December 21, 2015

The famously opinionated restaurant critic takes questions from Sporkful listeners on latte foam preservation, carrot stick-to-dip ratio, and when in a meal to take the best bite.

Food Science Smackdown: The Food Lab vs. The Sporkful

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Serious Eats food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt challenges some of Dan's eating innovations, then Sporkful listeners challenge Kenji with their own questions.

Calls: Vegan Divorce + Potato Pancake Diplomacy

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sporkful listeners call in to share stories about food and their in-laws. Emma wooed her wife's Christian family with Hanukkah potato pancakes, but Erin's in-laws shunned her vegan diet.

Can Your Holiday Meal Tame Your Holiday Stress?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

For many, the holiday season means food family... and stress. But does the food on the table help diffuse family tensions, or contribute to it? Dan Pashman investigates. 

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Coming Out At Christmas With My Drunk Kitchen’s Hannah Hart

Monday, December 07, 2015

The YouTube star talks about coming out to herself and her family, why throwing parties makes her anxious, and how you know you're too drunk to cook.

Live: John Hodgman v. Dan Pashman: Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?

Monday, November 30, 2015

This long-running feud comes to a head live on stage, with WNYC's Brooke Gladstone moderating. It's like a presidential debate, but with more dignity.

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

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 Turkey Who Loved My Wife

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells the story of a turkey that put the moves on his wife, and On The Media's Brooke Gladstone shows us how NOT to make dessert.

Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family at the holidays, the NY Times’ Sam Sifton rails against appetizers at Thanksgiving, and Kenji Lopez-Alt talks turkey science.