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.
Dan Pashman appears in the following:
Monday, February 08, 2016
The Sporkful Family Food Court is back in session. Listeners call in with disputes over when to eat movie popcorn and whether eating salad dressing makes you an adult.
Friday, February 05, 2016
Dan Pashman, host of WNYC’s The Sporkful podcast, deconstructs the essential Super Bowl snacks.
Monday, February 01, 2016
Writer (and iconoclast) Jiayang Fan argues that dumplings are overrated. Can a group of architects improve the design of Lunar New Year’s beloved comfort food?
Monday, January 25, 2016
Comic Myq Kaplan debates the definition of water with Dan. Plus, is picking all the pretzels out of a snack mix wrong? A philosophy professor tells us what Socrates would say.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Changing the background music can make chocolate taste sweeter. Hear and taste the difference for yourself in this episode of The Sporkful.
Monday, January 11, 2016
The comedian's eating disorder nearly killed her. She offers advice to a teenage Sporkful listener who may be heading down the same path. But will it help?
Thursday, January 07, 2016
In honor of The Sporkful's sixth anniversary, we're re-releasing our first episode ever, in which Dan and former co-host Mark Garrison debate all things ice cubes.
Monday, January 04, 2016
Poutine is flooding across America's northern border! But what's so great about fries, gravy, and cheese curds? Two patriotic Canadians school us in their native food and culture.
Monday, December 28, 2015
We reveal the foods we resolve to eat more of next year and replay our favorite episode from 2015. If you've ever sipped a beer in the shower, this one's for you.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The Mast Brothers have been called the "celebrity hipster chocolatiers" of Brooklyn. Lately, they've been accused of defrauding their customers. But that depends on how their chocolate tastes to you.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Not all luxury food gifts being shilled this time of year are what they're cut out to be. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman explains.
Monday, December 21, 2015
The famously opinionated restaurant critic takes questions from Sporkful listeners on latte foam preservation, carrot stick-to-dip ratio, and when in a meal to take the best bite.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Serious Eats food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt challenges some of Dan's eating innovations, then Sporkful listeners challenge Kenji with their own questions.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sporkful listeners call in to share stories about food and their in-laws. Emma wooed her wife's Christian family with Hanukkah potato pancakes, but Erin's in-laws shunned her vegan diet.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
For many, the holiday season means food family... and stress. But does the food on the table help diffuse family tensions, or contribute to it? Dan Pashman investigates.
Monday, December 07, 2015
The YouTube star talks about coming out to herself and her family, why throwing parties makes her anxious, and how you know you're too drunk to cook.
Monday, November 30, 2015
This long-running feud comes to a head live on stage, with WNYC's Brooke Gladstone moderating. It's like a presidential debate, but with more dignity.
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.
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.
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.