32 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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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.

    A Writer Who Finds His Characters Through Their Food

    A Writer Who Finds His Characters Through Their Food

    Bryan Washington on how meals can fill silence… In Bryan Washington’s acclaimed debut novel, Memorial, Benson and Mike, a couple living in Houston, are going through a rocky patch in their relationship. Mike leaves to take care of his sick father in Osaka, just as his mother comes from Osaka to visit — which leaves her stuck with Benson instead. Each character’s personal progression unfolds alongside their changing approaches to food and cooking. But like a recipe that keeps evolving, the story resists simple answers. In this episode, Bryan explains why he finds food such a useful literary tool, and how its role in his characters’ lives mimics its role in his own. He also reads from two of his non-fiction essays from The New Yorker: “Bread Pudding and the Comforts of Queer Baking” and “An Adopted Obsession with Soondubu Jjigae, Korean Silken-Tofu Stew.”//

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    Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.

    • 33 min
    Hitting The Texas Taco Trail With José Ralat

    Hitting The Texas Taco Trail With José Ralat

    Why Tex-Mex is just as legit as Mexican food…José Ralat’s job at Texas Monthly magazine is so unique that when he got it last year, it made national news. One headline read: “The Job You Wish You Had: Taco Editor.” Yes, taco editor. And this fall the magazine is releasing its special Taco Issue, which only comes out once every five years. José has traveled more than 10,000 miles around the state eating tacos in preparation for it. In this week’s podcast, we tag along as he hits the road in search of the best that Texas has to offer. Plus he explains why Tex-Mex deserves more respect, and why America’s regional tacos are just as legit as Mexico’s. Buckle up! //

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    Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.

    • 34 min
    Can Jelly Donuts Be Fixed?

    Can Jelly Donuts Be Fixed?

    Listeners call in with food issues… The perimeter of a jelly donut is devoid of fruity goodness, while the epicenter is a blob of jelly mess, says listener Larry in New York. Dan thinks he has the solution. Barbara and Bruce clash over how to dissect a corn muffin. Can they find muffin peace in their marriage? Plus, Matt calls in to talk about pancake toppings, then realizes his issues run much deeper. It’s been a long week. Join us for a break!//

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    Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.

    • 28 min
    Samin Nosrat And Hrishikesh Hirway Are Just Here For The Cookies

    Samin Nosrat And Hrishikesh Hirway Are Just Here For The Cookies

    Is the ideal cookie chewy, crispy, or crunchy?... Earlier this year, “Salt Fat Acid Heat” author Samin Nosrat and “Song Exploder” podcast host Hrishikesh Hirway teamed up to create “Home Cooking,” a podcast where they answer listeners’ cooking questions, make lots of bad puns, and share their passion for cookies, among other foods. They join Dan this week and accept a challenge: How much time can the three of them spend analyzing the most minute details of cookies? Plus, Dan and Samin resolve their olive beef. This week is heavy enough — we’re going for pure escapism.//

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    • 33 min
    Spicy Doritos And How Foods Become American

    Spicy Doritos And How Foods Become American

    And why some make the transition faster than others….Over the years on The Sporkful, Dan has explored an idea that’s changed the way he understands food in the U.S.: You can track an immigrant group’s assimilation in America by looking at whether their food is perceived as American, or foreign. Why is pizza accepted as American, while wonton soup is considered foreign — even though Chinese immigrants came to America in large numbers before Italian immigrants? This week we continue to explore this question with Professor Krishnendu Ray, who first explained this concept on our show, as well as chef and recipe developer Yewande Komolafe, and cookbook authors Madhur Jaffrey and Priya Krishna.

    Show Notes:

    Krishnendu Ray’s book The Ethnic Restaurateur

    Yewande Komolafe’s “10 Essential Nigerian Recipes”

    Sporkful Episode “Why Hibachi Is Complicated” (Stitcher Premium)

    Sporkful Episode “When Will Indian Food Be American?” (Stitcher Premium)//

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    • 29 min
    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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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

Tsotdyv ,

Coffee Review

I loved this episode. What a fun show to listen to!!

GARRR456 ,

Good.. but creepy!!!

I was listening on 2 devices at the same time (my phone and my smart speaker) and they had different ads!!! What is this?!?!? 2 episodes??

Maugs99 ,

New Favorite

The Sporkful has become my favorite podcast. I found it during the pandemic lock down and quickly devoured all the episodes I could find. I really enjoy the topics Dan talks about and the guests he interviews. His interview of Jamie Oliver is an excellent example of great questions with an interesting guest!

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