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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, January 18, 2015

  • 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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

  • 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.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Why A Turkey Is Like A Tube Of Toothpaste
    Dan talks with Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt about the science of turkey cookery and gets a vegetarian perspective on Thanksgiving from Slate's L.V. Anderson. Plus, On The Media's Brooke Gladstone shows Dan how to make her favorite holiday dessert -- to disastrous effect.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • How To Win Thanksgiving
    Mo Rocca explains how to avoid feeling bad when you don't cook on Thanksgiving and how to deal with family strife. New York Times food editor Sam Sifton tells us how to class up your holiday table and reveals the one thing he considers a grievous Thanksgiving insult. Plus Sam's colleague Rosie Schaap shows us what to drink when you're spending a fall day in the kitchen.
  • How To Win Thanksgiving (HINT: Nicer napkins, fewer nuts)
    Mo Rocca explains how to avoid feeling bad when you don't cook on Thanksgiving and how to deal with family strife. New York Times food editor Sam Sifton tells us how to class up your holiday table and reveals the one thing he considers a grievous Thanksgiving insult. Plus Sam's colleague Rosie Schaap shows us what to drink when you're spending a fall day in the kitchen.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Calls: Is It Wrong To Eat String Cheese Without Peeling It Into Strings?
    Rhonda in Memphis rants against nacho cheese, Cindy in Portland needs help reheating cinnamon rolls, and Chris and Renee in Berkeley can't agree on whether it's okay to eat string cheese without peeling it into strings. We take your calls!
  • String Cheese and Cinnamon Buns
    We're taking your calls! Rhonda in Memphis rants against nacho cheese, Cindy in Portland needs help reheating cinnamon rolls, and Chris and Renee in Berkeley can't agree on whether it's okay to eat string cheese without peeling it into strings. Subscribe to The Sporkful in iTunes
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