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.


Dan Pashman appears in the following:

The Agony And Ecstasy Of School Lunch

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.

The Food We Like to Talk About vs. The Food We Actually Make

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.

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Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi Is A Human Turducken

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.

Calls: A Couple Divided By OCD And Leftovers (with Kenji Lopez-Alt)

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.

Comic Maria Bamford Risked Her Life For Ice Cream

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.

Meet A Southern Baptist Matzoh Expert

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.

Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain

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.

Serial Parody: Investigating An Office Fridge Theft

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.

Other People's Food Pt. 5: Your Mom's Crappy Casserole

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.

Is This Food Racist?

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?
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Other People's Food Pt. 4: Rosie Perez ≠ Rice And Beans

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."

Other People's Food Pt. 3: The Order That Changed The World

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.

Other People's Food Pt. 2: What's 'Poor People's Food?'

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.

Can Food Be Racist?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A look at the fine line between combining cultural cuisines and appropriating them.

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Other People's Food Pt. 1: White Chef, Mexican Food

Monday, March 21, 2016

What happens when people cook food from a culture that's not their own? Celebrity chef Rick Bayless opens up about the pros and cons of cultural exchange.

Other People's Food: Trailer

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What can we learn about how we perceive culture and race by talking about food? Listen here for a sneak preview of our upcoming special series, "Other People's Food."

Dining Out In A Wheelchair

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dan hangs out with WNYC's John Hockenberry, a blogger who calls himself "The Disabled Foodie," and YouTube star Zach Anner to find out what it's like to dine out in a wheelchair.

A Priest Walks Into A Bar

Monday, March 07, 2016

What do a great bartender and a great priest have in common? We ask a Catholic priest who moonlights as a mixologist.

Calls: Are Green Beans Finger Food?

Monday, February 29, 2016

A married couple calls in to debate whether to make their kids eat green beans with silverware. But like so many marital disputes, this one isn't really about green beans.

Is Michael Pollan Misunderstood?

Monday, February 22, 2016

The leader of the farm-to-table movement loves Cracker Jacks, hates questions about GMO's, and says no one invites him to dinner. Are his followers missing his message?