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, , was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster. 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 outside New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Dan Pashman appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, December 05, 2016
"Sporkful" host Dan Pashman gets an inside look at the economics of a local truffle dealer's business.
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.
Monday, November 28, 2016
We follow a young truffle dealer as he hustles his way across New York City, then try to figure out why people pay so much for this funky fungus.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells of a lovesick turkey, and we call Butterball’s hotline for life advice.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Food Network star Alton Brown nerds out Sporkful style on everything from scrambled eggs to popcorn. Plus he talks about how his divorce last year changed the way he cooks and eats.
Friday, November 11, 2016
A Sporkful listener tells of an epic battle over Thanksgiving pie between her mother-in-law and her cat.
Monday, November 07, 2016
For Veterans Day, we bring you vets' stories of unforgettable meals on the front lines -- from fishing with grenades in WWII to bartering with Girl Scout cookies in Iraq.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
What is this iconic food? Why is it so important to the people of New Jersey? And why can't they stop fighting about it? We talk with comic Chris Gethard and many others to find out.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The comedian reflects on his personal experiences with race as a restaurant customer, including the pros and cons of dining out when you're in an interracial marriage.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
How do restaurants appeal to very different groups of customers at the same time? We continue our exploration of race, culture, food, and the signals restaurants send.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
What judgments do we make about a restaurant's food based on how the people working there look?
Monday, October 10, 2016
When you walk into a restaurant, you’re bombarded with signals that tell you what kind of place it is. But what happens when those signals bring certain people in, and keep others out?