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.

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Dan Pashman appears in the following:

The Great Office Coffee Election

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.

Raina One Year Later

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.

The Restaurateur Who Got Rid Of Tipping

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.

New Year's Food Resolutions 2017

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.

Special Delivery

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.

When Is It OK To Send Food Back?

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.

This Puerto Rican Eggnog Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad

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.

Padma Lakshmi Was An Ice Cream Mule

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.

Inside a Thriving Truffle Business

Monday, December 05, 2016

"Sporkful" host Dan Pashman gets an inside look at the economics of a local truffle dealer's business. 

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Who Eats A Bag Of Dried Mango On The Couch?

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.

A Trunk Full Of Truffles

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.

Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)

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.

Alton Brown Eats Eggs Over The Sink In His Underwear

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.

The Cat, The Mother-in-Law, And The Pie

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Sporkful listener tells of an epic battle over Thanksgiving pie between her mother-in-law and her cat.

Finding A Good Meal In A War Zone

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.

New Jersey's Pork Roll-Taylor Ham Wars

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.

Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 4: Why Comic W. Kamau Bell Doesn't Wear Hoodies To Restaurants

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.

Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 3: One Sign In Arabic, Another In English

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.

Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 2: Looking The Part

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What judgments do we make about a restaurant's food based on how the people working there look?

Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 1: Us vs. Them

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?