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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, 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
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Monday, September 23, 2013
SF167: Pen Chewing
Which is better for chewing, capped or retractable pens? What's the ideal material and circumference? What are some of the most delicious ways to masticate a writing implement? Win Rosenfeld of NowThis News guests for the first ever Sporkful that does not involve digestion. Find more deliciousness at
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Monday, September 9, 2013
SF166: Falafel Philosophy
Katie Quinn of NowThis News joins Dan to discuss falafel sandwichization, ideal accompaniments, and whether the ball really is the best shape. In the end, they have a revelation about the fundamental meaning of falafel.
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Monday, August 26, 2013
SF165: The Existential Nature of Soup
Dan mediates a debate between two philosophy professors who are engaged to be married, and who are having an argument about whether a dish the husband-to-be makes qualifies as soup. Then Dan takes a call from a Canadian listener railing against ice cream cake. More at
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Monday, August 12, 2013
SF164: Cooking in a Dishwasher
(Watch the video of Dan's crazy dishwasher cooking experiments here.) Dishwasher salmon has been out there for a while, but Dan sets out to take dishwasher cooking to a whole other level, by making everything from lobster to Korean beef to poached pears. He gets help from Lisa Casali, who wrote an entire book on the subject, and Liza De Guia of Food Curated, who comes over to help Dan experiment. In the end they decide whether this is just a gimmick, or a great way to cook.
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Monday, July 29, 2013
SF163: Pizza Legend Patsy Grimaldi: The Sporkful Interview
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 sits down with Patsy and his wife Carol to discuss slice folding technique, the art and science of using a coal oven, what she taught him about pizza, and the scourge of pineapple pizza, along with several other trends Patsy deems "ridiculous." Plus Dan responds to emails and phone calls from listeners. Find links from the show and more at
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Monday, July 15, 2013
SF162: Summer Special: Buns and Watermelon
If grilling is happening, is there a bun toasting imperative, or should buns be served at room temperature, a.k.a. the "temperature of life?" What are the ideal ratios of burger and dog to bun? Plus, which watermelon shape is best and why? We pull two classic episodes of The Sporkful out of the archives and pair them together for your summertime listening pleasure. Visit for related links plus videos and much more!
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Monday, July 1, 2013
SF161: Burritos
Rice or no rice? Is a burrito better when its ingredients are mixed up before being rolled in the tortilla? What's the best way to eat the end cap? And if any flour tortilla shape were possible, what would be the ideal for a burrito? Dan covers these questions and more with Slate's Matthew Yglesias, who has compared the Chipotle burrito to the iPhone. Listen to find out why. Plus, Dan infiltrates a Subway to snag some sandwich wisdom, and impart a bit of his own.
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Monday, June 17, 2013
SF160: Weird Al: The Sporkful Interview
Dan sits down with the one and only Weird Al Yankovic, the man behind "Eat It," "Fat," "My Balogna," "I Love Rocky Road," and so many other classic food-related parody songs. How much of the white stuff would be in his ideal Oreo? When he isn't rhyming with sharona, does he say balogna or baloney? And which does he prefer, the rye or the kaiser? Plus, Dan takes issue with Al's suggestion in "Eat It" that it doesn't matter whether chicken or pie is boiled or fried. Find more food fun at!
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Monday, June 3, 2013
SF159: Tequila
Like so many people, Dan was scarred by tequila at a young age, and hasn't been able to drink it for years. Now, he sets out to overcome his aversion and learn to appreciate good tequila with help from Ilana Edelstein, author of "The Patron Way." He rates each one they taste by how strongly it evokes the hot car trunk in which that fateful bottle of tequila was stored so many years ago.
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Monday, May 20, 2013
SF158: Sausage (w/Kevin Pang)
What’s the correct definition of a slider? Is a hot dog a type of sausage? Is non-alcoholic beer an oxymoron? Dan talks to The Chicago Tribune’s Kevin Pang, an eater and food writer, about issues of food language. Then Kevin lists his top ten types of sausage, and he and Dan cover optimal sausage length, girth, and consumption technique. Plus a reporter in Montana looks into the scientific merits of the five second rule.
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Monday, May 6, 2013
SF157: Guacamole (Live at Guactacular 2013)
Dan talks to Lee Frank of Nachos NY, Laura Anderson of Slate, and Chris Salgado of Chris's Awesome Guacamole about guac composition and consumption. They debate optimal chunkiness, the tomato question, proper tortilla chip dip technique, and much more. Plus Dan discusses his latest innovation for preventing chip breakage, and issues a challenge to NPR's Sandwich Monday. Taped on stage at Guactacular 2013 at the Bell House in Brooklyn.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
SF156: Sandwich Theory, Broccoli, and More
It turns out something magical can happen when Dan goes into a taping with no plan whatsoever. This episode is free association with guests Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth, producers of NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" and hosts of the NPR podcast "How To Do Everything." They cover broccoli as podcast metaphor, tortilla chips, sandwich theory, burger-to-bun ratios at the famed Billygoat Tavern, and more.
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Monday, April 8, 2013
SF155: Brown Bag Lunches
Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn joins Dan to discuss strategies and techniques for bringing your own lunch to work. Eric argues that pretzels are better for a brown bag lunch than potato chips while Dan explains why the sandwich isn't as well suited to this purpose as people think. Plus they talk about what your lunch tells your coworkers about you, and a caller offers advice on dealing with large groups of friends who can't decide where to eat.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
SF154: Peter Sagal of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me: 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.
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