By WNYC and Dan Pashman
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The Sporkful is a James Beard Award-nominated food podcast where host Dan Pashman and his guests discuss, debate, and obsess over ridiculous food minutiae in search of new and better ways to eat. Listen to this podcast and your whole world will get more delicious. It's not for foodies, it's for eaters.
||Hot Dogs and Hot Doug's||There's no shortage of hot dog and sausage joints in Chicago, but one restaurant inspires a level of devotion unlike any other--Hot Doug's. People come from all over the country to wait in line for hours for a taste. In part that's because the menu exte||6/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inside the Mind of a Culinary Mad Scientist||In the beginning, stuffed crust pizza was not beautiful. “I did the first prototype in the lab and it looked like a Schwinn bike tire,” says Tom Ryan, the flavor chemist who invented it. “It was ugly as hell.” But he was on to something. Years of||6/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Eat Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack||Baseball season is in full swing and if someone takes you out to a ball game, you'll likely ask them to buy you some peanuts and Cracker Jack. (Not Cracker Jacks, of course, because there's no such thing). Before you place your order, listen to Dan explo||6/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||When Belgian Waffles Came to America||Back in 1964, Americans hadn’t set foot on the moon and Belgian waffles hadn’t set foot on our plates. Enter MariePaule Vermersch and her family, Belgian immigrants who saw an opportunity to share a piece of their culture and build a business at the||5/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kelis: The Sporkful Interview||Music superstar Kelis sang in 2003 that her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, but today she uses dairy products for more than just innuendos. In fact, the Harlem-born singer/songwriter holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and is as influe||5/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pizza Legends Patsy and Carol Grimaldi: The Sporkful Interview||In honor of the passing of Carol Grimaldi we're replaying this classic Sporkful episode, which covers slice folding technique, the art of using a coal oven, and what Mrs. Grimaldi taught her husband about pizza. 81-year-old Patsy Grimaldi may be the last||4/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Science and Religion of Matzoh||Matzoh isn't just for Jews, and it isn't just for Passover. It's a delicious, plain cracker that's ideal for all people all year round! In a quest to better understand and appreciate matzoh, Dan travels to the Manischewitz factory in Newark, NJ, to inter||4/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Broccoli Sub, Broccoli Tacos, and More with Chef Tyler Kord of No. 7||Think broccoli is boring? Chef Tyler Kord makes a broccoli sub, double-decker broccoli tacos, and fried broccoli, and they're all amazing. He says a ham and cheese sandwich isn't complete without broccoli. He even wrote a whole cookbook that's all about||3/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Weird Al Yankovic: The Sporkful Interview||In this very special episode of The Sporkful, Dan sits down with the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic, the man behind "Eat It," "Fat," "My Balogna," and so many other classic food-related parody songs. What would be his ideal ratio of cookie to white stu||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tequila Revisited: A Redemption Story||Like so many people, Dan was scarred by tequila at a young age, and hasn't been able to drink it for years. But maybe, with some help, he can overcome his aversion and learn to appreciate good tequila. Lending a hand is Ilana Edelstein, author of The Pa||2/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Peter Sagal of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: The Sporkful Interview||It's all fun, food, and wacky facts, when the one and only Peter Sagal of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! joins Dan for a wide-ranging conversation on many of the most pressing issues of the day. Peter talks about growing up as a fat kid, what he eats a||2/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ramen: Cooking Methods, Flavor Packet Usage, and The Ramen Code||There's plenty to slurp up, when Slate Food and Drink Editor L.V. Anderson joins Dan to debate ideal ramen cooking methods, broth-to-noodle-ratio, and flavor packet usage. Plus L.V. explains what curly hair can teach you about ramen while Dan lays out Th||1/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Debating Muffin Tops, Plus the Cake-ification of Muffindom||From debating the merits of muffin tops, to discussing the secrets of muffin grilling to bemoaning the cake-ification of muffins, it's all things muffindom when Dan sits down with the great Julia Turner from the Slate Culture Gabfest. Plus, a quiz on the||1/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Great Chicken Wing Hunt and Perfection in Food and Life||"I want to believe that there are perfect things in life. The perfect relationship, the perfect song, or the perfect day. And the perfect wing. I think it's out there." So says Matt Reynolds at the start of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, a new documentary||12/30/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sporkful Live at Guactacular: Guacamole Composition & Consumption||Dan talks to Lee Frank of Nachos NY, L.V. 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. Pl||12/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Falafel Philosophy: The Shape, Consumption, and Meaning of Falafel||Katie Quinn of Now This News joins Dan to discuss falafel sandwichization, the problems with the pita, ideal accompaniments, and whether the ball really is the best shape. (Note that the falafel patty referenced in this episode is pictured on this page.)||12/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Eater X: The Sporkful Interview||On Thanksgiving we're all competitive eaters, so who better to talk to than Tim "Eater X" Janus, the #2 competitive eater in the world? Yes, the annual Sporkful Thanksgiving show is here, and it's a doozy. Eater X discusses what happens to his stomach af||11/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fish and Chips and a Magical Pan of Lard||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 hails from northern England. She joins Dan at Brooklyn's Chip Shop to a||11/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Burger Formation and Consumption, Cheese Placement and More||"Rev" David Ciancio has chronicled his consumption of nearly 600 burgers for his blog, Burger Conquest, and that doesn't even count those he's eaten as a private citizen. Rev joins Dan for a fast-paced and passionate conversation that covers fat-to-lean||10/21/13||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.