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:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
There are a lot of desserts named after severe weather phenomena, but not all of them are created equal. We asked tornado alley's top meteorologist, Gary England, to help us rank some of these desserts, based on the severity of the weather they are named for. In addition to Gary England's dessert rankings, the newest episode of The Sporkful includes a conversation Paul Breslin about how weather affects our tastes. Breslin is a professor with the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University. He also works with the Monell Chemical Senses Center, researching taste perception.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Earlier this year, we reported that shortages of limes, avocados, and pork have sent prices of margaritas, guacamole, and bacon sky high. And now the unthinkable: Mars and Hershey have announced that they will be increasing the prices of chocolate products price by seven and eight percent, respectively. How will we cope?
Friday, July 25, 2014
I was eight years old when Dairy Queen introduced their now-famous Blizzard. A perfect concoction of ice cream and candy, it nurtured the young eater that I was, and led me to gain more than a few pounds during that magical summer. Years later, working a dead-end temp job in Chicago, my life had a lot less magic. But the Dairy Queen Blizzard visited me in my dreams one night, giving me solace and hope. The dream was so vivid and so intense, that I spent most of the next day writing a poem about the Blizzard; and I share that fine poem with you now.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
A heated debate over the definition of a sandwich — and what makes for the best kind — featuring Sporkful host and "strict sandwich constructionist" Dan Pashman.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Sporkful host, Dan Pashman, throws down over what does and doesn't constitute a sandwich...beginning with his controversial stance that a hot dog is NOT a sandwich. He's joined by participants from a variety of backgrounds, including John Hodgman, Micki Maynard of the New York Times, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, and the Planet Money team (who recently reported on why the state of New York defines a burrito as a sandwich).
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Melon balls look nice, but they roll all over the plate. Squares and rectangles are fine but boring. By employing the same spiral cut technology used for Easter hams, we can eat watermelon better.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, and Hillary Frank, host of The Longest Shortest Time, discuss how to eat well — or try to — while parenting. Plus, Leonard declares a winner in Hillary & Dan's great graham cracker debate.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Eating off children's plates is part of the everyday dining experience for parents. But can you find hidden gems? Watch Dan Pashman's video guide to what's edible and what's just too gross.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
How do you find deliciousness among the detritus of your kids' table scraps? Do you ever sneak treats when your kids aren't looking, or try to get them to order the thing you want to eat at a restaurant, since you know they won't finish it anyway? If so, what's the best way to do it without them catching on? Anthony Weiner weighs in.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Like burying beetles and blowflies, parents are natural scavengers. When our little kids finish eating, we swoop in to survey the scene and forage for the tasty morsels they've left behind. Most of the time, however, it's slim pickings. I've identified a hierarchy of small children's table scraps, to help parents decide where to draw the line between edible and trash-worthy. Here they are, from the ideal scenario to the bottom of the barrel...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
There's no shortage of hot dog and sausage joints in Chicago, but one restaurant inspires a level of devotion unlike any other--Hot Doug's. People come from all over the country to wait in line for hours for a taste of their exotic sausage concoctions and Chicago style hot dogs. Doug has turned down million dollar offers to expand, and recently, he announced that he's closing up shop in October. Dan Pashman travels to Hot Doug's to find out what makes it special and why Doug is walking away. Also in this show, Dan explains why hot dogs are sandwiches and covers the time that hot dogs defeated the Nazis.
Monday, June 30, 2014
As we head into July 4th weekend it's time to look at some of the common barriers to hot dog enjoyment, and cover the solutions.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
When it comes to the correct definition of a sandwich, Dan Pashman is a strict constructionist. But despite his conservative approach to sandwichdom, he considers a hot dog to be a sandwich and was shocked - and angered - to learn others don't agree.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tom Ryan invented the Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza, as well as McDonald’s McGriddle. We talk to the culinary mad scientist about how he came up with these innovations - and how to best enjoy them.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Baseball season is in full swing and if someone takes you out to a ball game, you'll likely ask them to buy you some peanuts and Cracker Jack. Before you place your order, you should know what you're in for.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Food festivals can confer great rewards, but they also come with great peril. Here's how to get the most out of the summer food fest explosion.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The summer food fest takes place Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Leonard Lopate and Sporkful host Dan Pashman each visited one and compare favorites and strategies.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The woman who brought the Belgian waffle to America says we're doing it wrong. But there's hope.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The spicy condiment maker may be forced to shut its lone factory after nearby residents complained about the ill effects of chile odors. The decision could mean the difference between a mediocre stir fry for dinner and a great one - here's what you use instead of the chili sauce.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Her milkshake might bring all the boys to the yard, but these days, the songwriter-chef is using dairy products for more than just innuendos. She talks about the differences between making an album and making a meal, and why she compares herself to a cast iron skillet.