31 episodes

We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. A Stitcher Production.

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    • 4.5 • 216 Ratings

We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. A Stitcher Production.

    The Great Office Coffee Election

    The Great Office Coffee Election

    Remember when bad office coffee was our biggest problem?... “The time has come for us to change the coffee brand that we offer and we want your input!” The email came from Myiesha Gordon in the HR Department. Like many others, Myiesha hated the office coffee. This week on The Sporkful, we follow her as she sets up a taste test, and an office-wide coffee election. We'll find out why office coffee is so important to people, plus we'll talk to a caffeine researcher about whether it makes us better at our jobs. Then a behavioral economist weighs in about whether coffee is something companies should be spending money on. //

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    Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.

    • 28 min
    Who Was James Beard?

    Who Was James Beard?

    To be a star, he couldn’t be himself… Before the James Beard Awards and the James Beard Foundation, there was the man himself. Beard was the first celebrity chef of the TV era, preaching home cooking and fresh, local food even as frozen TV dinners gained popularity. But he also had to navigate the complexities of being a closeted gay man in a time when the kitchen was considered a place for women. Food writer John Birdsall talks with Dan about his new biography, The Man Who Ate Too Much, which traces Beard’s life from his start at queer cocktail parties in 1930s New York, to his winks to the queer audience as he became more famous, to the eventual need to change his public persona into a professorial bachelor, too obsessed with food to have time for a wife. As we hear, even today, James Beard remains one of the most misunderstood people in the food world. //

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    • 38 min
    The Enslaved Man Who Taught Jack Daniel To Make Whiskey

    The Enslaved Man Who Taught Jack Daniel To Make Whiskey

    And one woman’s quest to share his story... In 2016, Jack Daniel’s announced the company would make changes to its official history. They planned to honor Nathan “Nearest” Green, the formerly enslaved man who taught the real Jack Daniel to make whiskey. They didn’t realize, however, that this announcement would cause an uproar — or that it would inspire a woman named Fawn Weaver to set out on a quest to unearth the full story of Nearest Green. This week, we talk with Fawn about what drew her to this story and what she’s doing to honor Green’s legacy, with help from his great-great-granddaughter Victoria Eady Butler. //

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    • 34 min
    10 YEARS #5 | Notes From A Young Black Chef Pt 2 (Update)

    10 YEARS #5 | Notes From A Young Black Chef Pt 2 (Update)

    A lot’s happened this year… After starting his own catering company and going to the Culinary Institute of America, Kwame Onwuachi enters the world of fine dining. Soon, investors want him to open his own restaurant. But when he does, things go wrong – fast. His comeback involves a secret restaurant, the show Black Mirror, and a white guy named Mufasa. (In honor of our 10th anniversary we’re re-releasing three all time favorite stories, as selected by listeners, each with a brand new update. This is Part 2 of our conversation with Kwame Onwuachi, and it includes the update at the end. Part 1 is in your feed right now.)//

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    • 45 min
    10 YEARS #4 | Notes From A Young Black Chef Pt 1

    10 YEARS #4 | Notes From A Young Black Chef Pt 1

    In honor of our 10th anniversary we’re re-releasing three all time favorite stories, as selected by listeners, each with a brand new update. This story is in two parts. Part 2 is in your feed now, with a special update… In 2019, Kwame Onwuachi became one of the fastest rising star chefs in America, and his DC restaurant Kith and Kin was widely considered one of the best in the country. But he went through countless twists and turns to get there. His story is so wild that he wrote a memoir, Notes From A Young Black Chef, that's now being made into a movie starring Lakeith Stanfield. Kwame shares the first half of that story live on stage, in conversation with Dan, at the Miracle Theatre in Washington, DC.//

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    • 29 min
    10 YEARS #3 | Katie’s Year In Recovery (Update)

    10 YEARS #3 | Katie’s Year In Recovery (Update)

    The next chapter... In honor of our 10th anniversary we’re re-releasing three all time favorite stories, as selected by listeners, each with a brand new update at the end. In this episode we follow one woman's attempt to recover from an eating disorder over the course of a year. We hear what it’s like to wake up each morning and have to fight a battle not only with food, but more importantly, with yourself. We also hear from her husband and explore her decision, early in recovery, to become a baker.//

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

Flora4flor ,

Profound

The recent podcasts have been your best. Author Tiese Layman’s profound answers to good questions captivated attention. That’s a keeper. The Plantation analysis and revolution is a profound diptych, that got me questioning my own complacency and preconceptions. Thank you, and all best for future creations.

EldieDuncan ,

One of the best podcasts out there

Professionally recorded and edited, The Sporkful manages to be both endearingly lighthearted, and culturally reflective. I always laugh, but always think, and find myself frequently starting conversations with “I heard on The Sporkful...”

Bluecarbon25 ,

The perfect balance of light tone and heavy detail

I may be somewhat odd for loving pedantic food discussions, but this is a great place to find it if that's what you want. A lot of interesting discussions with interesting people about thoroughly mundane stuff.

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