This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak
Why do our brains go crazy for the melted cheese on a Philly cheesesteak or the crispy fried goodness of scrapple? (And what is scrapple anyway?) This week on The Sporkful we feast on some classic Philadelphia fare, then bring samples to a scientist at the Monell Center to find out what makes greasy treats so irresistible. If science were always this delicious, Dan would have a Nobel Prize by now.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Eddie Huang and Notorious MSG Ring In Lunar New Year
Chef Eddie Huang is tired of the media's two-dimensional portrayals of Asian-Americans. Taking a cue from Huang's new TV show Fresh Off The Boat, Dan tries chicken feet and a dessert soup called tang yuan with some passionate eaters who are defying stereotypes.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Dan Savage Recommends A Polyeaterous Lifestyle
What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? What do you do if your partner has very different taste in food? How can couples share power in the kitchen without driving each other crazy? We talk food and relationships with advice columnist Dan Savage. Plus Anna Sale from Death, Sex and Money explains how bruschetta helped convince her to give marriage a second shot.
A Soda Jerk And A Mormon Walk Into A Podcast
What soda pairs best with enchiladas? Why are soft drinks carbonated with dry ice so much better? Dan visits the soda-obsessed owner of Galco’s in Los Angeles, and covers regional soda pop nomenclature with a linguist. Got belly wash?
Sunday, January 11, 2015
What Kind Of Kitchen Are You?
How will research big food companies are doing today affect what we eat tomorrow? And how can it make our lives more delicious now? We get a rare peek inside the Campbell's Test Kitchen.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Why Mac And Cheese Is Like Hall And Oates
The Two Man Gentlemen Band performs "Pork Chops" and "Fancy Beer" live in studio and shares tips for eating while driving a tour van (or any vehicle). Plus we discuss the intersection of food and music with Zach Brooks from Food Is The New Rock.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
You Say Potato, I Say Hangover Cure
Which is better for a hangover--hash browns or home fries? Is crisp the only metric worth considering? And are tater tots hash browns? We cover breakfast potato minutiae with Slate's L.V. Anderson, just in time for New Year's. Plus Dan picks the food he resolves to eat more of in 2015.
Calls: Whoopie Pie Theory, Restaurant Selection and More
How do you convince an indecisive group to go to your preferred restaurant? Where’s the line between pizza and flatbread? And if your friends say your salsa’s too spicy, should you make milder salsa or get spicier friends? We take your calls!
Monday, December 8, 2014
Skip the Fruitcake - Give a Food Experience
I don't want to go overboard with promoting my really awesome book—though you should definitely get it—and instead I'd like to use this opportunity to promote other people's great work and help you with your holiday shopping in the process. And as you may know, studies have shown that people derive more lasting happiness from life experiences than material possessions, so I urge you to stay away from superfluous kitchen gadgets. Instead, give the Eater in your life one of these great experiences…
League of Kitchens
Give the gift of an “ethnic” cooking class with an immigrant home cook in her own home. Come for the learning, stay for the post-class feast!
Scott’s Pizza Tours
You think you love pizza? You’ve got nothing on Scott Wiener, whose passion for this culinary
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Dominique Ansel Eats A Cronut Every Day
The creator of the cronut tells us why he ends every day with one and what he thinks of his many imitators. Plus Grub Street's Hugh Merwin on whether the cronut lives up to the hype. And we play food portmanteau trivia!
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Marc Maron's Drug of Choice Is Sausage Gravy And Biscuits
Dan and WTF host Marc Maron have been arguing about eating for over a decade. This week they revisit old feuds and start news ones, sparring over temperature contrast in sandwiches, the merits of melon balls, and whether the high from sausage gravy is worth the food shame-induced crash. Plus Dan recaps his own Thanksgiving anxieties.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Amy Sedaris on Holiday Entertaining and Radiolab's Robert Krulwich on Holiday Eating
Amy Sedaris offers advice on dealing with family who are drunk or confrontational at the holidays. Plus, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich on the time a turkey fell in love with his wife. Amy Sedaris says she loves a family fight at the holidays and tells us how to deal with guests who are drunk and/or confrontational. Plus Radiolab's Robert Krulwich on the time a turkey fell in love with his wife.