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.


Dan Pashman appears in the following:

What Rocker 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 (Rebroadcast)

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) (Rebroadcast)

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.

Semper Delicious: Eating In A War Zone

Monday, November 09, 2015

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.

Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches? And Other Important Food Questions...

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Are hot dogs sandwiches? Do restaurants make smaller sandwiches when ordered by women? Weigh in on these (and other very important food questions) with Dan Pashman of The Sporkful.

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A Very Trini Punjabi Diwali (with DJ Rekha)

Monday, November 02, 2015

We cook up a Diwali feast with a Trinidadian mother and daughter and discuss straddling cultures with the Indian-American DJ who introduced bhangra music to the club scene.

Sunny Anderson: From Army Brat To Food Network Star

Monday, October 26, 2015

The TV host discusses growing up on Army bases around the world, her own time in the Air Force, and what she ate along the way -- from blood sausage to bibimbap to Spam.

Do Places Make Smaller Sandwiches For Women?

Monday, October 19, 2015

In this special Sporkful investigation, Dan Pashman and Slate's L.V. Anderson order sandwiches around New York City to find out whether sandwich sexism is real.

Calls: When A Pancake Is More Than A Pancake

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sporkful listeners in family food feuds call in for advice on eating pancakes and cookies, but it turns out these domestic disputes are really about love. And also pancakes and cookies.

Comic Ron Funches' Autistic Son Loves Oreos With Bacon (Rebroadcast)

Monday, October 05, 2015

The popular comedian talks about trying to eat healthier and the frustrations of getting his autistic son to do the same. Plus Ron explains why comedy is a lot like cooking.

Marc Maron's Drug of Choice Is Sausage Gravy And Biscuits (Rebroadcast)

Monday, September 28, 2015

The comic discusses food shame and whether the high from eating sausage gravy is worth the sadness that follows.

Is Eggless Mayo Really Mayonnaise?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Managing culinary director of Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt weighs in on whether eggless mayo can really be considered mayonnaise. 

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Calls: A Root Beer Float To Cure The Cancer Blues

Monday, September 21, 2015

Lilly and her father Chris disagree on the best way to make root beer floats, but they're on the same page when it comes to this classic treat's restorative powers.

Kids' (Possibly) Brilliant Culinary Creations

Monday, September 07, 2015

Kids pitch Dan and Hillary Frank (Longest Shortest Time) their innovative food concoctions. Is the world ready for hot dogs with peanut butter and chili milkshakes?

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.


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.