The Sporkful

The Sporkful

United States

The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. It's a James Beard Award-nominated podcast that explores the huge, fun, surprising world of food and eating that lies beyond the realm of chefs, restaurants, and recipes. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better.

Episodes

Padma Lakshmi Was An Ice Cream Mule  

The Top Chef host talks about food memories from her childhood in India, the challenges of straddling two cultures, and the judgments people make about her body and her brains.

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Calls: Who Eats A Bag Of Dried Mango On The Couch?  

Are some foods meant for snacking on-the-go and others for snacking at home? Or is one of the pleasures of adulthood living without rules? A couple can't agree. Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt take their call and issue a verdict.

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

A Trunk Full Of Truffles  

We follow a young truffle dealer as he hustles his way across New York City selling white truffles out of a styrofoam cooler in his car for thousands of dollars a pop. Then we try to figure out why people pay so much for this funky fungus.

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)  

Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells of a lovesick turkey, and we call Butterball’s hotline for life advice. (Repeat)

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Alton Brown Eats Eggs Over The Sink In His Underwear  

Food Network star Alton Brown nerds out Sporkful style on everything from scrambled eggs to popcorn. Plus he talks about how his divorce last year changed the way he cooks and eats.

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Calls: The Cat, The Mother-in-Law, And The Pie  

A Sporkful listener tells of an epic battle over Thanksgiving pie between her mother-in-law and her cat.

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Finding A Good Meal In A War Zone  

A group of Marines sets off into the desert with nothing but a compass and a rumor to go on. What they find changes them forever. 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. (Repeat)

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New Jersey's Pork Roll-Taylor Ham Wars  

What is this iconic food? Why is it so important to the people of New Jersey? And why can't they stop fighting about it? We talk with comic Chris Gethard, a pork roll historian, and many others to find out.

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

 

Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 4: Why Comic W. Kamau Bell Doesn't Wear Hoodies To Restaurants  

The comedian reflects on his personal experiences with race as a restaurant customer, including the pros and cons of dining out when you're in an interracial marriage. (This is Part Four of our series, Who Is This Restaurant For? For the best listening experience, please check out Part One first.)

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 3: One Sign In Arabic, Another In English  

How do restaurants appeal to very different groups of customers at the same time? We continue our exploration of race, culture, food, and the signals restaurants send.

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Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 2: Looking The Part  

What judgments do we make about a restaurant's food based on how the people working there look? (This is Part Two of our series, Who Is This Restaurant For? For the best listening experience, please check out Part One first.)

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Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 1: Us vs. Them  

When you walk into a restaurant, you’re bombarded with signals that tell you what kind of place it is. But what happens when those signals bring certain people in, and keep others out?

This is Part One of a special series on race, culture and food called, Who Is This Restaurant For? This week we'll explore the different messages sent in restaurants to try to understand how they're interpreted and what they tell us about larger questions of race and culture.

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

Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around. 

In Episode 5, Artist Ashok Kondabolu and comedian Michelle Buteau join us live on stage. They grew up in immigrant families, straddling food cultures and they have very different opinions on the line between assimilation and appropriation, but they agree on one thing: It's personal. (Repeat)

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

Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around.

In Episode 4 we hang with Rosie Perez. 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." (Repeat)

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

Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around. In Episode 3, we explore a famous civil rights protest involving food. 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. (Repeat)

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

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

Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around.

Why are we willing to pay more for Italian and Japanese food than Chinese and Mexican? As we find out in Episode 2, it has nothing to do with the ingredients. (Repeat)

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

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

Ahead of a new series on race, culture, and food, we're repeating Other People's Food. 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. (Repeat)

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Calls: Should Potato Salad Be Called A Salad? (with Kenji Lopez-Alt)  

When a high school student calls in to discuss the true meaning of salad, Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt find themselves on opposing sides of another debate.

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Mo Rocca's Ravioli Free Association  

Humorist and Cooking Channel host Mo Rocca gets deep on ravioli – from Chef Boyardee to his grandma's recipe to what he calls "the Kenny G of ravioli." Plus, Mo and Dan debate Latin grammar, and Mo tells us about a meal that almost killed him. (Repeat)

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The Woman With A Keg In Her Coat Closet  

A champion homebrewer schools us in the science of beer and tells us how she deals with guys who question whether she really knows her stuff. Plus the women behind Bitch Beer Blog help us pair beers with weather forecasts.

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