Dan Pashman is the creator and host of the James Beard Award-nominated WNYC food podcast The Sporkful, where he and guests discuss, debate, and obsess over ridiculous food minutiae in search of new and better ways to eat.
He started it as a hobby, but after iTunes named it a Best New Podcast of 2010, it grew into one of the most popular food podcasts on the web.
Typical Sporkful topics include sandwich engineering, buffet strategy, etiquette and ethics in nacho consumption, and the ideal surface-area-to-volume ratio of ice cubes. You know, the important things. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters.
Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel's Good to Know and You're Eating It Wrong, and a contributor to NPR, Slate, and LA's KCRW. In October 2014, Simon & Schuster will publish his first book, 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 with his wife and two daughters.
Dan Pashman appears in the following:
Monday, March 23, 2015
We talk to a guy whose Freedom of Information Act request pried open the CIA cafeteria suggestion box. Turns out even spies hate stale bread. Plus the unwritten rules of office potlucks.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
A splash of milk for your coffee might pass, but helping yourself to a whole sandwich? Like any controversial office issue, the ethical lines that cut through the fridge aren't so clear.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Sporkful's Dan Pashman parodies "Serial" with an office fridge/stolen lunch investigation, and tries to come up with guidelines for when sharing crosses the line.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. Sporkful listeners call in with contrasting perspectives.
Monday, March 09, 2015
It’s Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found. And Heather’s life will never be the same.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Dan talks to the Moist Towelette Museum's curator, then discusses whether napkin color affects meal enjoyment and whether restaurants should be banned from using scented hand soap.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sporkful host Dan Pashman feasts on Philly's most iconic foods, then brings samples to a scientist to find out what makes greasy treats like cheesesteak and scrapple so irresistible.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Dan tries chicken feet and a dessert soup called tang yuan with some passionate eaters who are defying stereotypes of Asian-Americans.
Monday, February 09, 2015
What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? How can couples share power in the kitchen? We talk food and relationships with Dan Savage and Death, Sex and Money’s Anna Sale.
Monday, February 02, 2015
Listeners call in to confess their quirkiest eating habits and desires. But if we’re all weird, doesn’t that make us all normal?
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ahead of the Super Bowl, we'll be giving you a daily dip for each day leading up to the game. Today we look at the elements that go into a game favorite: Slow cooker dips.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ahead of the Super Bowl, we'll be giving you a daily dip for each day leading up to the game. Today we look at the elements that go into a hearty favorite: Entree dips.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Ahead of the Super Bowl, we'll be giving you a daily dip for each day leading up to the game. Today we look at the elements that go into America's favorite dip: Salsa.
Monday, January 26, 2015
If the shelves go empty and delivery's a no-go, you're going to be eating from your larder during this blizzard. Here's how to make the most of it.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Ahead of the Super Bowl, we'll be giving you a daily dip for each day leading up to the game. Today we look at the elements that go into a game favorite: Taco dips.
Monday, January 26, 2015
A pair of young lovers leads a motley crew of wing fanatics on a quest for the perfect Buffalo wing. But will the universe deliver a happy ending for their hearts and bellies?
Friday, January 23, 2015
The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
We've got you covered for everything from fing eating technique, Buffalo sauce, to Dan's controversial approach of ordering wings dry, with sauce on the side
Monday, January 19, 2015
What soda pairs best with enchiladas? Why are soft drinks carbonated with dry ice so much better? Plus we talk regional soda pop nomenclature with a linguist. Got belly wash?
Monday, January 12, 2015
How will research big food companies are doing today affect what we eat tomorrow? And how can it make our lives more delicious now? We get a rare peek inside the Campbell's Test Kitchen.