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The Sporkful
The Sporkful is an award-winning podcast and blog about eating, where we discuss, debate, and obsess over the most ridiculous food-related minutiae, always seeking new and better ways to eat. Hosted by Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison, former co-workers at NPR, The Sporkful encourages everyone to eat more, eat better, and "EAT MORE BETTER!"
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Monday, April 21, 2014
SF182: Pizza Legends Patsy and Carol Grimaldi
In the wake of the passing of Carol Grimaldi, Dan replays this classic Sporkful interview with a pair of New York pizza legends. 81-year-old Patsy Grimaldi may be the last person making pizza today who trained under someone who trained at Lombardi's--the first pizzeria in American history. Dan and the Grimaldi's discuss slice folding technique, the art and science of using a coal oven, what she taught him about pizza, and several trends Patsy deems "ridiculous."
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Monday, April 7, 2014
SF181: Matzoh
Dan talks to a Southern Baptist matzoh expert about the science of matzoh making, and to a rabbi about the rules that govern the process. Between the two they cover why matzoh has so many holes, how much charring is the right amount, and whether an open-faced matzoh sandwich is a sandwich. This episode is for all cracker lovers.
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Monday, March 24, 2014
SF180: Broccoli
Think broccoli is boring? Chef Tyler Kord makes a broccoli sub, broccoli tacos, and fried broccoli, and they're all amazing. He and Dan discuss the magic of broccoli, taco construction, and something called The Brocco-Leg. Watch the video of Tyler making his broccoli sub and get the recipe here.
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Monday, March 10, 2014
SF179: Fish and Chips
Is it better to have one big piece of fish or several smaller ones? What's the ideal batter-to-fish ratio? And is even the fish better when eaten with your hands? Slate's June Thomas joins Dan to answer these questions, and to reminisce about the magical pan of lard that was so integral to her childhood in northern England. Follow The Sporkful on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
SF178: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal: The Sporkful Interview
Peter Sagal of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me joins Dan to discuss growing up as a fat kid, his opinions on Chicago pizza, grilling the perfect burger, how Courtney Love turned him against melted cheese, and much more. Like The Sporkful on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch videos at Sporkful.com.
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Monday, February 10, 2014
SF177: Restaurant Eating (w/Adam Platt)
Just in time for Valentine's Day, New York Magazine Restaurant Critic Adam Platt joins Dan to discuss the best time to eat out, where to sit, ordering strategy, the napkin collar tuck, and Adam's recent decision to shed his restaurant critic's "anonymity." Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
SF176: The Great Chicken Wing Hunt
Dan talks to Matt Reynolds, director and star of the new documentary comedy The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, about the search for perfection in love and wings. Watch the wings episode of Dan's new web series, You're Eating It Wrong, here.
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Monday, January 13, 2014
SF175: Frozen Pizza
Dan talks frozen pizza with Greg Ng, The Frozen Food Master behind FreezerBurns.com. They discuss what you can discern from the packaging, whether more expensive brands are worth it, and how to trick out even the worst frozen pizza. Plus Greg explains why he'll never review Ellio's. Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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Monday, December 30, 2013
SF174: Eating Throughout History + Deepak Chopra on Total Pizza Awareness
Dan replays his favorite Sporkful of the year, and issues his annual year-end request for donations. (Support The Sporkful here!) What did dinosaur eggs taste like? In what shape would Jane Austen likely have had her dessert served to her? What does one of the world's leading paleontologists think of the Paleo Diet? How do you get maggots out of boiled sheep in the Gobi Dessert? How do you make ice cream on an uninhabited island in Madagascar in the summer? And how many ancient Aztecs would have had better teeth if they'd learned to eat corn by listening to The Sporkful? Dan gets answers to these questions and many more when he interviews the curators of a special food exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Plus, Dan calls up Deepak Chopra for some guidance on how to get m
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Monday, December 16, 2013
SF173: Hash Browns and Home Fries
Dan and Slate's L.V. Anderson debate the relative merits, ideal characteristics, and correct definitions of hash browns and home fries. Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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Monday, December 2, 2013
SF172: Airplane Food
As we head into holiday travel season, it's time to cover tips, strategies, and techniques for airplane and airport eating that at least make the experience a little less demoralizing, and occasionally actually delicious. Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 
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Monday, November 18, 2013
SF171: Eater X: The Sporkful Interview
Thanksgiving is the one day when we’re all competitive eaters, so for the annual Thanksgiving show, Dan sits down with Tim “Eater X” Janus, the second-ranked competitive eater in the world. Eater X discusses why competitive eating is a sport, what happens to his stomach after contests, how he taught himself to love hot dogs, the problem of cheating on the circuit, the economics of competitive eating as a job, and the importance of good dental care. Finally, he offers Eaters everywhere a Thanksgiving Day pep talk.
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Monday, November 4, 2013
SF170: Pasta Shapes
Slate's Julia Turner joins Dan to discuss the merits of short vs. long pastas, which shapes should be eliminated, and the best ways to get different shapes into your mouth, including the controversial question of whether short pastas are better eaten with a spoon. Get more food fun when you Like The Sporkful on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.
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Monday, October 21, 2013
SF169: Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Franken Berry and More
Dan covers Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Franken Berry, Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy--available now only in September and October--in The Sporkful's 2013 Halloween episode. He welcomes The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger, who has reported extensively on the monster cereals, as well as Eater Rachel Gonzales, who hoards them during their limited window of availability. For more food fun, Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow Dan on Twitter.
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Monday, October 7, 2013
SF168: Eating Alone (w/ Todd Barry)
Comic Todd Barry joins Dan to discuss strategies for dining alone, including what types of restaurants are best, where to sit (table vs. bar), chatting with servers, and the glory of lunch specials. Plus Todd takes The Sporkful Questionnaire. For more deliciousness go to Sporkful.com.
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