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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!"

Sunday, August 30, 2015

  • Calls: Which Enchilada Shape Is Most Delicious?
    Two Sporkful listeners call in to debate the best way to make enchiladas: flat (lasagna style) or rolled. Can Dan's advice restore peace and save Enchilada Party Night?  Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Belgian Waffles: The Rise, Fall, And Redemption
    At the 1964 New York World's Fair, Belgian waffles were introduced to America. They became a sensation. But a half century later, the woman who sold those waffles says her family's legacy has been co-opted. She joins Dan to share her memories of that World's Fair, and to explain why her mother still blames her father for everything that went wrong. Plus, we introduce her to an innovative, young waffle-maker who’s shaking things up. Can they find common ground? Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

  • Calls: Ice Cream Sandwiches In The Shower?
    Shower beers have long been a delicious, easy way to pamper yourself. But some Sporkful listeners take shower drinking -- and eating -- to a whole new level. Dan takes calls on how to pair your beer with your shower, how to eat an ice cream sandwich in the shower, and the best shower soup ever. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • Spoon The Band On Spoon The Utensil (Live from Chicago Pt. 2)
    Live on stage from Chicago! The band Spoon discusses their post-show microwave popcorn ritual, and one member admits he sometimes thinks about pizza while performing. Plus a mathematician slices a bagel into a Mobius strip, an opera singer performs an aria about donuts, and members of an improv comedy group discuss summer food festival eating strategy.Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode!Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

  • The REAL Sausage King of Chicago (Live from Chicago Pt. 1)
    Live on stage from Chicago! Hot Doug explains why he turned down millions and closed his famous sausage shop. Plus, filmmaker and food writer Kevin Pang talks about his documentary, For Grace, about Chef Curtis Duffy, one of the top chefs in the world. And Curtis joins us to discuss his journey to the top, and to reveal his favorite candy. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode!Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

  • Calls: Can You Love A Picky Eater?
    What would you do if you had to choose between the food you love and the person you love? This week on The Sporkful listeners call in to ask Dan for advice on eating in relationships.  Jen in D.C. needs guidance on dating a picky eater, and a feuding husband and wife debate the best way to eat a cornbread muffin. Will food do these couples part? Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

  • Jim Gaffigan Lies To His Kids About Food
    The food-obsessed comic discusses eating with his five children, navigating birthday parties and buffets, his dad's steaks, and when it's OK to lie to your kids. Plus he explains why he's the Jean-Claude Van Damme of eating on television. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

  • Calls: What Should Be The Last Cheese On Earth?
    It's an extra cheesy edition of The Sporkful! Adam and Jonathan in L.A. call in to debate a world with only one cheese and why cheddar is like Hugh Grant. Plus, Erica in Illinois asks when a grilled cheese has so many fillings, it's no longer a grilled cheese. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode!  Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

  • Wyatt Cenac: Jerk Chicken In Every Pot
    Comic and former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac takes us for curry goat and oxtails in his old neighborhood and explains how it feels to go out to eat in the place where you grew up -- and suddenly realize you're an outsider. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode!  Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

  • Breaking The Ramadan Fast In A Cab At 50 MPH
    Dan fills a taxi full of food and takes it to JFK Airport at sundown to break the Ramadan fast with Muslim cab drivers. What could go wrong? Plus a Texan talks about embracing her Muslim roots after 9/11 and fasting on Ramadan for the first time when she was in her 30s. And Arab-American teens reveal the best and worst parts of Ramadan.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

  • A Flavor Chemist Explains Burger Toppings
    A flavor chemist explains the science of burger smashing and how the order of your toppings affects how they taste. Plus a man in search of the perfect burger lays out exactly what he's looking for.  Come see The Sporkful live on stage at the Taste of Chicago! Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 pm in the Food for Thought area. Guests will include Spoon the band, Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's, an opera singing donut maker, and a mathematician who loves pi and pie. Plus discussion of summer food festival strategy and an Oreo cookie eating activity. See you there! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Is Vanilla Ice Cream Too Vanilla?
    How did vanilla become the default flavor of ice cream? Do those black flecks actually make it more delicious? And which is better, cup or cone? Dan discusses with Spilled Milk hosts Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton. Plus Weird Al weighs in, and Bon Appetit's Adam Rapoport debates the merits of pie with Dan's Aunt Meryl.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

  • Beyond Pot Brownies (w/ Radiolab's Jad Abumrad)
    Dan and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad explore the new frontier of weed-infused foods with a French pastry chef. They'll tell you how it tastes. They'll tell you how it makes them feel. And they'll tell you what happens when you eat way, way too much of it.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

  • Tracing The Sausage Family Tree
    Chicago Tribune food writer Kevin Pang reveals his top ten favorite sausages, from Chinese lap cheong to Lil' Smokies. Plus we debate whether hot dogs are a type of sausage, and the discussion brings up painful memories from Kevin's childhood.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  • You Suck At Drinking: A Guide To Buzz Management
    Dan talks Buzz Management with Matthew Latkiewicz, author of "You Suck At Drinking," and the founders of Bitch Beer help him pair beers with weather forecasts. Plus, Dan goes on a rant about why he loves light beer but hates their marketing. Pour yourself a cold one and get comfy.
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