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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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Anthony Weiner Takes Bagels Seriously
    Anthony Weiner was recently selected to be a judge in a bagel-tasting contest. Little did the organizers realize how seriously the former congressman would take his duties. To hear the full episode, visit The Sporkful. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

  • Bagels
    What do former congressman Anthony Weiner and On the Media host Brooke Gladstone have in common? They're both really passionate about bagels. When BuzzFeed assembled a team of judges to pick the best bagel in New York, Weiner went apoplectic when he heard the bagels might be sliced into bite-sized morsels before facing scrutiny. "I'm leaving. That's offensive to my sensibilities!" he cried. "You don't eat a bagel in little bits." (Weiner prevailed on the organizers. He stayed.) In fairness, the congressman wasn't just grandstanding. He worked at a bagel shop in Brooklyn before getting into politics. In this week's episode of The Sporkful, he lays out some pretty good reasons why you need to see a bagel whole to evaluate it. (In short, it's all about the boiling.) And he's not the only on
  • Bagels with Brooke Gladstone and Anthony Weiner
    On The Media's Brooke Gladstone calls modern fluffy bagels "a betrayal." Anthony Weiner calls BuzzFeed's bagel judging event "offensive.” What's the right way to do bagels?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Mo Rocca Likes Big Ravioli, And He Cannot Lie
    Humorist and Cooking Channel host Mo Rocca joins Dan to talk about his grandma, debate whether square or round ravioli is better, and tell us which variety is the Kenny G of ravioli.
  • Mo Rocca on Ravioli
    "They were really big." That's humorist and Cooking Channel host Mo Rocca's defining memory of his grandmother's perfect ravioli -- they were 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches, to be exact -- which he shares with Dan on the latest episode of The Sporkful. "They were big panes of dough," he adds. "She could have worked in a glass shop." Perhaps in the spirit of grandma Rocca's ravioli, Mo and Dan don't shy away from the big issues, like Chef Boyardee, round vs. square, plural and singular vocabulary (ravioli vs. raviolo), trim-to-pouch ratios, and the anxiety of the unsealed raviolo (yep, that's one single square or circle). Plus, Mo calls his relationship with ravioli a "Madonna-whore sort of thing," identifies the variety that he calls "the Kenny G of ravioli," and relays a ravioli-relate

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • This Is The Sound Of Good Chocolate
    Madre Chocolate's Nat Bletter, PhD, explains that you can tell a chocolate's quality by the sound it makes when you break it. Listen for examples of good vs. bad chocolate bars here. And enjoy the full episode at The Sporkful. Subscribe to The Sporkful podcast in iTunes.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

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