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Dan Pashman

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.

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Calls: Which Enchilada Shape Is Most Delicious?

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?

Belgian Waffles: The Rise, Fall, And Redemption

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?

Calls: Ice Cream Sandwiches In The Shower?

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.

Spoon The Band On Spoon The Utensil (Live from Chicago Pt. 2)

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!

Cut Your Bagel The Mathematically Correct Way

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Bagels are getting too big and puffy, throwing off proper ratios to cream cheese and lox. Something must be done.

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The REAL Sausage King of Chicago (Live from Chicago Pt. 1)

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.

Philly Faux Pas: Presidential Candidates & The Cheesesteak Test

Friday, July 31, 2015

A word of advice to presidential candidates: when on the campaign trial, eat the local food like the locals do. 

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Calls: Can You Love A Picky Eater?

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.

Jim Gaffigan Lies To His Kids About Food

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.

Calls: What Should Be The Last Cheese On Earth?

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.

Wyatt Cenac: Jerk Chicken In Every Pot

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.

Occupational Hazards: Food Thieves And Food Manners

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?

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Breaking The Ramadan Fast In A Cab At 50 MPH

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?

A Flavor Chemist Explains Burger Toppings

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.

Hack Your Lunch With the Pros

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.

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Is Vanilla Ice Cream Too Vanilla?

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.

A Marijuana Feast with Dan Pashman

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Dan Pashman, the host of WNYC's The Sporkful podcast and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad explore the new frontier of weed-infused foods with a pastry chef...and eat too much. 

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Not Your Mom's Pot Brownies (with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad)

Monday, June 08, 2015

Dan and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad explore the new frontier of weed-infused foods. They'll tell you how it tastes, how it makes them feel, and what happens when you eat way too much of it.

Tracing The Sausage Family Tree

Monday, June 01, 2015

Chicago Tribune food writer Kevin Pang reveals his top ten favorite sausages, from Chinese lap cheong to Lil' Smokies. Plus we debate whether hot dogs are a type of sausage.

You Suck At Drinking: A Guide To Buzz Management

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dan talks Buzz Management with Matthew Latkiewicz, author of "You Suck At Drinking," and the founders of Bitch Beer pair beers with weather forecasts. Plus, Dan rants about light beer.