The Sporkful

By Dan Pashman and Stitcher

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Description

We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. A Stitcher Production.

Episode Date
The Man Who Married Pizza
00:39:00

"I love pizza, but I really don't think I'm insane," says Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours, who limits his consumption to 15 slices per week, and has a Guinness World Record holding collection of 1,400 pizza boxes.

Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to UndeniablyDairy.org to learn more about the people who bring dairy to your table.

Jun 18, 2018
Is This Pizza Worth Waiting For?
00:36:51

Ever waited in a crazy long line for some famous barbecue or donuts? Was it worth it? This week we visit a legendary pizzeria with a famous queue -- and talk with scientists -- to find out when a long wait makes your food taste better and when it makes it taste worse.

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Jun 11, 2018
The Ethics of Supermarket Lines
00:39:29

Two friends disagree about whether it's OK to keep shopping after getting in the check-out line, and cookbook author Nicole Taylor tells us about some unsolicited advice she got about navigating the food world as a black woman.

Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to UndeniablyDairy.org to learn more about the people who bring dairy to your table. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase.

Jun 04, 2018
Nigella Lawson Is The British Beyonce
00:34:14

The cookbook author and food TV star talks about the condiment she keeps in her purse, and how she uses method acting to decide what to order in restaurants.

Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sensitive). Go to MarthaStewartWine.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack, or club membership.

May 28, 2018
How To Read A Taco
00:37:22

Professor Steven Alvarez teaches a college course called Taco Literacy, which explores Mexican history and culture through food. When he and his students take us on their end-of-semester taco crawl, we learn that every taco tells a story -- you just have to know how to read them.

Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sensitive).

May 21, 2018
Live: W. Kamau Bell And Hari Kondabolu Play The Newlywed Game
00:35:17

The two comics are old friends, but how well do they really know each other's eating quirks? Plus, Kamau gives us an update on the racist incident he told us about last time he was on the show, and Dan reveals what comedians have taught him about food. 

Today's sponsors: Go to BenJerry.com to find out where you can get Ben & Jerry's Pint Slices. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order.

May 14, 2018
Live: Hari Dreams Of Donuts
00:36:00

When comedian Hari Kondabolu isn't delivering incisive jokes about politics and identity, he's dreaming of being locked inside a magical bakery. Plus, Hari tells us why you shouldn't ask him about Indian food, and shares his take on whether famous Simpsons food scenes with Apu are racist or not.

Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your free 30-day trial. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to ControlGX.com to get 25% off, using promo code Regrowth25. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to PodcastSurvey.net to take a very short anonymous survey about today’s episode. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes.

May 07, 2018
Searching For The Donut King Pt. 2
00:44:33

After months of searching, we finally meet Ted Ngoy, aka "the Donut King", and learn what happened to him. He's returned to the Cambodian community seeking redemption. But will he find it?

Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase.

Apr 30, 2018
Searching For The Donut King Pt. 1
00:34:50

After escaping Cambodia's "Killing Fields," Ted Ngoy built a donut empire in California. Then he lost it all, and disappeared. This week we're searching for The Donut King -- and his legacy. 

Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your free 30-day trial. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes.

Apr 23, 2018
Prison Ramen Saved My Life
00:35:08

Gustavo Alvarez didn't learn to cook until he went to prison. Sharing food there was a good way to win friends and find comfort in a rough place. But, for Gustavo, cooking also proved to be the ultimate survival skill.

Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order.

Apr 16, 2018
Love And Chopsticks
00:32:26

A couple calls in for advice about food tensions in their intercultural relationship, and New Yorker food writer Helen Rosner tells us why all relationships are "inter-everything." Plus, an atheist listener struggles with his religious family's insistence on saying grace before meals.

Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your free 30-day trial. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes.

Apr 09, 2018
Your Food Is Talking To You. What's It Saying?
00:33:17

In cooking and eating, sound is the forgotten sense. But you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly, or how good your chocolate is, by the sounds they make.

Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your free 30-day trial. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase.

Apr 02, 2018
Bathtub Vodka
00:36:09

Is there really a difference between cheap and expensive vodkas? In this collaboration with NPR's Planet Money, we go on a mission to learn how super premium vodka is made and marketed. Then we make our own, to see how it measures up.

Today's sponsors: Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sensitive). Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase.

Mar 26, 2018
Comedy Is Like Making Pasta From Scratch (with Paul F. Tompkins)
00:35:22

Comic Paul F. Tompkins says his approach to comedy is like his mother's approach to cooking. Both are more elaborate than they need to be, and better for it. Plus he discusses his Comedy Bang Bang character Cake Boss and why Philly people love the chain Wawa.

Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your free 30-day trial. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order.

Mar 19, 2018
Other People's Holidays
00:42:02

When one culture's holiday becomes everyone's excuse to party, what's gained and what's lost? And how does it feel when it's your holiday? We go to a Chinese New Year party with no Chinese people and a Passover seder with no Jewish people to find out. Plus comedian Jenny Yang offers advice for marketing new holidays.

Today's sponsors: Go to AmazonMusic.com to start your free 30-day trial. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to RXBar.com/Sporkful and enter offer code SPORKFUL to save 25% off your first order. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase.

Mar 12, 2018
Why Won't Anyone Invite Michael Pollan To Dinner?
00:30:58

The leader of the farm-to-table movement loves Cracker Jacks, hates questions about GMO's, and says we all just need to relax about what we eat. But are his followers missing his message?

Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MarthaStewartWine.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack, or club membership. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase.

Mar 05, 2018
How To Be A Good Ice Cream Citizen
00:38:58

Is it unethical to sample an ice cream shop's flavors and not buy anything? A married couple calls in for advice, and Cooks Illustrated's Dan Souza reveals the artisanal ice cream industry's biggest secret. Plus, two listeners who run a French fry stand together call in to debate the definition of a condiment. 

Today's sponsors: Go to BarkBox.com/Sporkful to get a free extra month of BarkBox when you subscribe to a 6- or 12-month plan. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Search for Food: A Cultural Culinary History on Apple Podcasts or Google Play. Go to MarthaStewartWine.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack, or club membership. Go to MrClean.com/Podcast to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house.

Feb 26, 2018
"No Murder, Yes Pork Chops," Says Comic Negin Farsad
00:35:32

The Iranian-American Muslim comedian and host of the podcast Fake The Nation says everything is negotiable -- even religious law. "I feel like Allah would be like, 'Get the pork chop but don't kill anybody,'" she says. Plus, the former policy advisor uses her lamb kebab to school us on campaign finance reform.

Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order.

Feb 19, 2018
The Sporkful Presents: Ask Mimi
00:41:18

Mimi Sheraton has seen it all in her 92 years. In our new spinoff podcast, Ask Mimi, the legendary food critic offers advice on food and life to live callers and celebrity guests. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman moderates. In this episode, humorist Mo Rocca joins Mimi and Dan live on stage to ask for help with an issue involving his mom.

Hear all episodes of Ask Mimi when you sign up for Stitcher Premium. Plus you get The Sporkful's back catalog and you're supporting our show. The first month is free when you go to StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful and use promo code SPORKFUL. Thank you!

Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more + free delivery (offer valid until March 15, 2018). Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase.

Feb 12, 2018
Where There's Smoke, There's Flavor
00:30:31

We follow a firefighter who moonlights as an upscale chef as he attempts to get lunch on the table at the firehouse on time. But can he get his crew mates to eat kale?

Today's sponsors: Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more + free delivery (offer valid until March 15, 2018). Go to MarthaStewartWine.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack, or club membership.

Feb 05, 2018
These Chefs Want You To Talk Politics At Dinner
00:37:10

Tunde Wey learned to cook at home with his family in Nigeria. Sean Sherman grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Today they're both using food to explore politics and educate diners about the world beyond the dinner table. "Food is a delicious tool," says Tunde, "but it's pointing to something bigger."

Today's sponsors: Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more + free delivery (offer valid until March 15, 2018). Go to EverlyWell.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 15% off your first order. Go to FarmAndOven.com/Sporkful to get free shipping on your orders.

Jan 29, 2018
Eat Fish And Chips By Hand -- But Not While Watching TV
00:34:24

British-born TV writer June Thomas shares childhood memories of fish, chips, and a magical pan of lard, and nerds out with Dan on the finer points of this classic comfort food. Then she shares strategies for eating in front of the TV, which she does A LOT.

Today's sponsors:

  • Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more + free delivery (offer valid until March 15, 2018). Go to LinkedIn.com/Sporkful to get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order.
Jan 22, 2018
Katie's Year In Recovery
00:41:54

We follow one woman's attempt to recover from an eating disorder and hear what it’s like to wake up each morning and have to fight a battle not only with food, but more importantly, with yourself. It's a rare look inside one person’s struggle. We also hear from her husband and explore her decision, early in recovery, to become a baker.

Today's sponsors: Go to FarmAndOven.com/Sporkful to get free shipping on your orders. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase.

Jan 15, 2018
This Podcast Contains MSG
00:36:02

Fifty years after the panic about "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" began, we explore how faulty science and perceptions of race and class contributed to the making of a food myth that persists today. And we tell you how to make the best bloody Mary ever.

Today's sponsors: Go to FarmAndOven.com/Sporkful to get free shipping on your orders. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase of a website or domain. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase.

Jan 08, 2018
To Cook On TV, Forget How To Cook (with Chef Richard Blais)
00:31:41

Richard Blais got his first job in food at McDonald's when he was a teenager. He was so shy he couldn't look the customers in the eye. So how did that kid become a food TV star and winner of Top Chef All Stars? How did he end up in some the finest kitchens in the country? And why does he say he still doesn't consider himself successful? We discuss, plus he tells us why spotting a hot trend and hopping on the bandwagon is a good career strategy in the food world.

Today's sponsor: Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order.

Jan 02, 2018
New Year's Food Resolutions 2018
00:46:34

Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what food they resolve to eat more of in the new year -- and why. Plus we replay one of our favorite shows from 2017.

Today's sponsors:

  • Go to Modcloth.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL25 to get 15% off your order of $100 or more. Go to Sonos.com and get 10% off one order of $2500 or less, using the promo code SPORKFUL10 (case sensitive). Go to Upsie.com and use promo code SPORKFUL for 10% off your first purchase.
Dec 26, 2017