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, July 11, 2016
Former presidential candidates tell us what it's really like to eat while campaigning. And we explore famous election food gaffes, including one that may have decided the presidency.
Monday, July 04, 2016
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.
Monday, June 27, 2016
We take you to two iconic hot dog joints in Detroit and New Jersey to find out what makes them special. Plus Kenji Lopez-Alt schools us on the science of deep-fried hot dogs.
Monday, June 20, 2016
A Muslim mom in Michigan tells us why cooking helps her get through her Ramadan fast. And Dan shares an iftar meal with a Muslim taxi driver speeding through New York City.
Monday, June 13, 2016
We explore the future of carnivorousness -- from meat grown in labs to veggie burgers that really bleed to the hybrid car of burgers.
Monday, June 06, 2016
Nikki didn't really understand her relationship with food until she could barely eat anything. Now her kids are struggling to accept her new diet.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Weird Al dissects his many food songs, from “My Balogna” to “Eat It,” “The White Stuff” and more. Plus, he explains why he always questions authority—except when he’s cooking.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Everyone remembers school lunch. We talk to Sporkful listeners and a group of fifth graders about the meals and experiences that changed them forever -- for better or worse.
Friday, May 20, 2016
After a recent Slate article highlighted the disparity between high-end foods and the stuff most people cook, listeners call in with the unspeakably simple recipes they love.
Monday, May 16, 2016
The actor and writer isn't a fan of American food excess -- except when it provides the perfect metaphor for his own tri-cultural upbringing.
Monday, May 09, 2016
Two couples call in to settle longstanding food disputes. But are these marital spats just about leftovers and dessert? Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt get to the bottom of it.
Monday, April 25, 2016
The native Minnesotan explains why a little internal bleeding can't keep her from a treat, and why the way she eats salad is like the way she deals with depression.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The man who runs one of the biggest matzoh factories in the world schools us on the science behind these excellent crackers. Then Dan debates kosher law with a rabbi.
Monday, April 11, 2016
The founder of America’s Test Kitchen hates celebrations and says pleasure's annoying. He explains why he thinks cooking isn't about either, and how he got this way.
Monday, April 04, 2016
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.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Artist Ashok Kondabolu and comedian Michelle Buteau grew up straddling multiple food cultures. For them, cultural appropriation and assimilation are very personal.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
How do our assumptions about people affect our assumptions about their food? And how do their assumptions about our food affect how we feel about ourselves?
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The actress says she's fed up with stereotypes of her and her food. And she tells the story of eating in Puerto Rico for the first time and thinking, "This is me."
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Joe McNeil's order at a segregated lunch counter in 1960 changed the way Americans eat forever. We met him for lunch to discuss his historic protest -- and the finer points of apple pie.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Why are we willing to pay more for Italian and Japanese food than Chinese and Mexican cuisine? Turns out, stereotypes about people have a lot to do with what we eat.