By Dan Pashman
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On The Sporkful we discuss, debate, and obsess over the most ridiculous food-related minutiae, always seeking ways to Eat More Better. This James Beard Award-nominated podcast is hosted by former NPR producer Dan Pashman, who's joined by a wide range of guests and callers. The Sporkful's not for foodies, it's for eaters. New episodes are posted every two weeks.
||SF179: Fish and Chips||Is it better to have one big piece of fish or several smaller ones? What's the ideal batter-to-fish ratio? And is even the fish better when eaten with your hands? Slate's June Thomas joins Dan to answer these questions, and to reminisce about the...||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF178: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal: 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. Like The Sporkful on Facebook,...||2/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF177: Restaurant Eating (w/Adam Platt)||Just in time for Valentine's Day, New York Magazine Restaurant Critic Adam Platt joins Dan to discuss the best time to eat out, where to sit, ordering strategy, the napkin collar tuck, and Adam's recent decision to shed his restaurant critic's...||2/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF176: The Great Chicken Wing Hunt||Dan talks to Matt Reynolds, director and star of the new documentary comedy The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, about the search for perfection in love and wings.||1/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF175: Frozen Pizza||Dan talks frozen pizza with Greg Ng, The Frozen Food Master behind FreezerBurns.com. They discuss what you can discern from the packaging, whether more expensive brands are worth it, and how to trick out even the worst frozen pizza. Plus Greg explains why||1/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF174: Eating Throughout History + Deepak Chopra on Total Pizza Awareness||What did dinosaur eggs taste like? In what shape would Jane Austen likely have had her dessert served to her? What does one of the world's leading paleontologists think of the Paleo Diet? How do you get maggots out of boiled sheep in the Gobi Dessert? H||12/30/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF173: Hash Browns and Home Fries||Dan and Slate's L.V. Anderson debate the relative merits, ideal characteristics, and correct definitions of hash browns and home fries.||12/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF172: Airplane Food||As we head into holiday travel season, it's time to cover tips, strategies, and techniques for airplane and airport eating that at least make the experience a little less demoralizing, and occasionally actually delicious.||12/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF171: Eater X: The Sporkful Interview||Thanksgiving is the one day when we’re all competitive eaters, so for the annual Thanksgiving show, Dan sits down with Tim “Eater X” Janus, the second-ranked competitive eater in the world. Eater X discusses why competitive eating is a sport, what h||11/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF170: Pasta Shapes||Slate's Julia Turner joins Dan to discuss the merits of short vs. long pastas, which shapes should be eliminated, and the best ways to get different shapes into your mouth, including the controversial question of whether short pastas are better eaten with||11/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF169: Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Franken Berry and More||Dan covers Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Franken Berry, Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy--available now only in September and October--in The Sporkful's 2013 Halloween episode. He welcomes The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger, who has reported extensively on t||10/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||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.||10/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||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||9/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||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.||9/9/13||Free||View In iTunes|
I hate foodies, but love this podcast
Succinct, funny, and intelligent: sporkful is the perfect podcast about food. If you love food, but hate so-called “foodies,” you will be delightfully delighted by this 15 minuet morsel of food punditry.
They had me at Ice Cubes
I was going to write this podcast off as a one and done premise after the great potato chip episode. When I saw the ice cube episode pop up as the net episode I rolled my eyes. Ice cubes? But wouldn't you know it I loved it! Great show! It's a perfect length (that's what she said) to listen to while at the grocery store.
Tight and focused show, fun discussion and opinions
Very funny and opinionated hosts talking about basic foods and their preferred ways of making and enjoying these foods. Their level of detail is like that of Alton Brown but with more bite and harder-edged opinions. This is the kind of podcast we need more of. The timings are tight, the topics are focused, and The Sporkful is just a pleasure to hear.