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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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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.

    What Makes Some Seltzers Sparkle?

    What Makes Some Seltzers Sparkle?

    How to judge seltzers, plus the science of carbonation... Over the past decade, seltzer has exploded. Sales have doubled, and companies like Coke and Pepsi are buying up brands and creating their own sparkling waters. So in a crowded field, with a drink that doesn't have much flavor to begin with, how do you tell which one is best? We talk with the hosts of the podcast Seltzer Death Match to find out. Then we nerd out on the science of carbonation: What exactly is it, how does it affect the taste experience, and how do you get the best results from home carbonation systems? Dan Souza, editor-in-chief of Cook's Illustrated, has the answers.

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    Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.

    • 33 min
    Writer Samantha Irby Is Having Fewer Over-The-Sink Moments

    Writer Samantha Irby Is Having Fewer Over-The-Sink Moments

    The writer on food, sex, and digestive issues… Best-selling author Samantha Irby specializes in wringing comedy out of her own personal tragedies. Among her favorite topics: poop (she’s got Crohn’s disease), depression (which she also has), and sex. Throughout her writing, food is a recurring character. You can often gauge where she's at in life by what she's eating at the time. This week she takes us from the Oatmeal Creme Pies that got her through a troubled childhood, to an unforgettable moment with a glazed doughnut when she was in her 20s, to the fights she now has with her wife over condiments. And we ask her: What do you do when the same foods that bring you emotional comfort make you sick? 

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    • 32 min
    New Jersey's Pork Roll-Taylor Ham Wars

    New Jersey's Pork Roll-Taylor Ham Wars

    A 150-year-old blood feud over processed meat... When the New Jersey State Legislature tried to designate an Official State Sandwich, a fight broke out. Should it be pork roll, egg, and cheese — or Taylor ham, egg, and cheese? Thing is, pork roll and Taylor ham are the same food. New Jerseyans just can't agree on what to call it. And this debate has its roots in a 150-year-old blood feud. We talk with a bunch of locals, a pork roll historian, and comedian Chris Gethard to find out: What is this food? Why does it matter so much to the people of New Jersey? And why can't they stop fighting about it? 

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    • 25 min
    What's With All The Broken Dishes?

    What's With All The Broken Dishes?

    Plus the art of escapism cooking... We asked for your stories about broken dishes, and you delivered. This week we wonder why we all seem to be breaking so much stuff — Dan's math says it's not just that we're home more — and hear the personal stories behind some of your most treasured items. Cartoonist Liana Finck, whose work you might have seen in The New Yorker or on Instagram, tells us about the special significance of two items recently broken in her home. Then, Mandy Lee of the "angry food blog" Lady and Pups joins us to discuss her mad scientist approach in the kitchen (Mexican bibimbap? Marshmallow scallion popovers?) and her new cookbook, The Art of Escapism Cooking. Are some foods better for distracting yourself during tough times?

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    • 35 min
    Dorie Dreams Of Cookies

    Dorie Dreams Of Cookies

    Why some people's recipes work better... When you decide to bake something, where do you start? Most of us google around, then pick one of the first recipes that pops up. But experienced home bakers often turn to cookbook author Dorie Greenspan. "Dorie does rock solid recipes," says Chandra Ram, who judges the prestigious IACP Cookbook Awards. So what's Dorie doing that makes her recipes better than others? This week, in a show taped pre-quarantine, we travel to her home in Connecticut to find out. We watch her test a recipe, and get a look at her butter fridge. This episode is a companion piece to our recent show, "The Art -- And Joy -- Of Recipe Writing." So check that one out if you want to hear more about how great recipes are written, as well as the story of the woman who created Joy of Cooking, despite finding no joy in cooking.

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    • 32 min
    From Fart Jokes To Cancer With Comic Eugene Mirman

    From Fart Jokes To Cancer With Comic Eugene Mirman

    "Bob's Burgers" star cures salmon in quarantine... In comedy and cooking, Eugene Mirman loves a project. He has a stand-up bit about how he bought a laminating machine to make fake signs to leave in restaurant bathrooms, next to the hand washing signs. (One example: "Do not use your cell phone ever again.") In the kitchen he cures his own salmon, makes soup dumplings, and attempts to whip up hand-pulled noodles from scratch. For Eugene, comedy and cooking are outlets — ways to cope in difficult times. And as you see in a new documentary about his life and career called "It Started As A Joke," he's had more than his share to cope with in recent years. This week we talk about all that. Plus he tells us what he has in common with his character on "Bob's Burgers," and reads some of the darkly hilarious Daily Quarantine Routines he's been sharing on social media.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

gypsydriver ,

I don’t know what’s happening on Facebook

I really did love this show... but after the current Facebook post and the bullying that happened after... regardless of what’s happening in the news, I just can’t listen anymore.

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Samantha Irby interview

The interview with Samantha Irby was hilarious. Only wish it lasted longer. The two of you have the most infectious laughter. This was my favorite episode.

cdkeogh007 ,

Look forward to this every week!

This is a solidly created pod. It's informative, funny, and addresses topics ranging from esoteric to socially critical. Hat's off to Dan Pashman and the team and thanks for all y'all do!

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