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

The Great Office Coffee Election  

We follow one woman’s quest to get better coffee in her office, a process that culminates in a companywide taste test. Plus we ask experts whether caffeine actually makes us more productive.

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.

Raina One Year Later  

Last year Dan spoke with a young woman who was on the verge of developing an eating disorder. This week he speaks with her again to see how she's doing one year later.

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The Restaurateur Who Got Rid Of Tipping  

Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer explains why tipping is a hoax, which questions his servers aren't allowed to ask, and how his dad's bankruptcies affected his approach to business.

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New Year's Food Resolutions 2017  

Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what they resolve to eat more of in the new year. Plus we replay one of our weirdest, favoritest shows from 2016.

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Special Delivery  

We deliver food to elderly New Yorkers who can't shop or cook for themselves, and talk with them about the role food plays in their lives today.

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When Is It OK To Send Food Back?  

If the food at a restaurant just isn’t your taste, should you send it back? A father and daughter disagree, so Dan and Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats weigh in.

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This Puerto Rican Eggnog Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad  

We talk with coquito masters in Harlem and a moonshiner in the Bronx to learn about the holiday drink that’s the centerpiece of a Puerto Rican Christmas celebration. (Repeat)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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. 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)

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.

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