The Sporkful

By Dan Pashman and Stitcher

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 Jan 7, 2020

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 Nov 22, 2019
My review below was supposed to say "but also" not butterfly!

Sarah Wiley
 Oct 7, 2019
Always super entertaining butterfly also very enlightening.


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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.

Episode Date
Writer Kiese Laymon Wants To Be Heavy
1911
On the weight of being Black in America... Kiese Laymon has spent his whole life in conflict over eating and not eating. Over the course of his life, his weight has spiked and dipped. In his book, Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese weaves together all these experiences. In doing so, disordered eating, anti-blackness, fat-phobia, and addiction all bubble together. "As artists, we got to be able to talk about all of it at once because it always happens at once," he says. "Food to me is a paradoxical way to get into all of the mess of what we are." Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Jul 04, 2020
How To Taste Food Like A Flavor Chemist
2035
And why natural flavors are shrouded in secrecy...“Natural flavors” show up on ingredient lists for all kinds of foods. But what does that mean exactly? We get a peek into the secretive science of flavoring when we talk with Marie Wright of ADM Nutrition, who’s created more than 1,000 flavors in her 30 years as a flavor chemist. She explains how natural flavors are made, why lemon flavor doesn’t contain lemon juice, and why flavoring plant-based burgers is so hard. Then she walks Dan through a series of experiments to teach him to taste food the way she does. (You can do your own versions with instructions at Sporkful.com.) Plus, Marie responds to criticism about the rise of natural and artificial flavors in processed foods, and their role in the obesity epidemic. Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Jun 27, 2020
A Reckoning At Bon Appetit
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Can a toxic workplace change?... The videos shot in the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen are among the most popular food videos on YouTube, beloved for their depiction of a workplace that feels cool, fun, and diverse, full of chummy editors who have become celebrities. But that all changed this week when a photo of Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport in brownface was posted to Twitter. It brought to the fore long-simmering anger about a lack of diversity among the staff and the cuisines that get highlighted, as well as pay inequities and hostile treatment for people of color at BA. We speak with reporter Rachel Premack, former staffer Nikita Richardson, and current BA assistant editor Sohla El-Waylly to find out what it’s like to work at Bon Appetit, and what it will take to change it. Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Jun 13, 2020
When White People Say Plantation
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The word "plantation" pops up a lot in the food world – Plantation Mint Tea, Plantation Chicken, Plantation Rum. But it's not a culinary term. It doesn't indicate certain spices or cooking methods. So what are white people in food who use this word trying to evoke? Inspired by a piece by food writer Osayi Endolyn, we go on a mission to find out. In the process, we try to learn something about whiteness in America. 

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Jun 08, 2020
Can A Restaurant Be For Everyone?
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"White people are comfortable anywhere," says restaurateur Andy Shallal. "In order for a black person to walk into a space, there need to be signals that say, 'You're welcome.'" In this week's show we decode those signals, which include the decor and music, the staff and other customers, and more. These codes tell you what kind of place a restaurant is, and whether it's for you. So what happens when a restaurant uses these signals to bring certain people in, and keep others out? This week we visit three very different restaurants in Washington D.C. to talk with the owners and customers about the different signals these places send, and what those codes can tell us about larger questions of race and culture. This episode is co-hosted by writer and reporter Kat Chow, formerly of the NPR podcast and blog Code Switch. Note: This episode first aired four years ago. We know that many of us can’t go to restaurants right now, but we think the questions it raises are bigger than restaurants, and remain very relevant today. Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Jun 01, 2020
What Makes Some Seltzers Sparkle?
2002
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. Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
May 25, 2020
The Rigor And Aggression Of The French Kitchen
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A middle-aged dad infiltrates the brutal world of high-end restaurants… Bill Buford is a writer who specializes in throwing himself into high-pressure environments that he’s not equipped to handle. For his seminal book "Heat," he spent a few months cooking in Mario Batali’s New York restaurant kitchen, a decade before Batali’s #MeToo downfall. For his latest book, "Dirt," Bill moved his family to Lyon, France, so he could learn to cook French cuisine. He saw firsthand the French reverence for rules and learned to follow them. But he also came face-to-face with the “toxic aggression” that permeates high-end kitchens. He tells us about rethinking his role as a journalist, cook, and human being after that experience, and we ask him how much the food world has changed since he covered Mario Batali. Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
May 18, 2020
Writer Samantha Irby Is Having Fewer Over-The-Sink Moments
1952
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?  Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
May 11, 2020
New Jersey's Pork Roll-Taylor Ham Wars
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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?  Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
May 04, 2020
What's With All The Broken Dishes?
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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? Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Apr 27, 2020
Dorie Dreams Of Cookies
1961
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. Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Apr 20, 2020
From Fart Jokes To Cancer With Comic Eugene Mirman
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"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. Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Apr 13, 2020
This Southern Baptist Is A Matzah Expert
1837
The science of crackers... Ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, we nerd out on matzah with help from the man who runs one of the biggest matzah factories in the world. Turns out those little holes in the matzah cracker (and other crackers like Ritz and Saltines) serve a very important purpose. Then Dan debates kosher law with a rabbi and shares his favorite ways to eat matzah, whether you're Jewish or not! Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.
Apr 06, 2020
Bringing Georgia O’Keeffe To Life, One Recipe At A Time
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The painter's recipes go up for auction... Sotheby’s is about to put a trove of Georgia O'Keeffe items up for sale. While the auction will include paintings likely to go for millions of dollars, we're interested in something less valuable, but to us, way more exciting — O'Keeffe's box of grease-stained, handwritten recipes. This week Dan goes to see the recipes himself and talks with art experts, O’Keeffe scholars, and a woman who cooked for O'Keeffe towards the end of her life to find out what the recipes say about the artist. As for the auction? Well, it doesn't go exactly as planned.

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Mar 30, 2020
Marc Maron And Kenji Lopez-Alt Will Help You Get Through This
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Cooking and panicking in quarantine... Most weeks we plan on providing you with a nice distraction during these times, but this week, in a show recorded in Dan's basement, we're here with commiseration. For that Dan turns to two old friends. Marc Maron, comic and host of the podcast "WTF," may be an expert on panic. He's spent much of his life expecting the worst, and his new Netflix stand-up special is called "End Times Fun." Marc and Dan explore "Diminishing Buffet Syndrome" — a satirical condition they both suffer from, which creates an irrational fear that any buffet is about to run out of food or at least diminish in quality — and how that applies in a global pandemic. Then, chef and writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of "The Food Lab" tells us how his restaurant is doing and what the latest research says about how to handle food to minimize exposure to coronavirus. Finally, Kenji and Dan take your calls and help you figure out what to do with all your random pantry items. We hope you're doing okay out there.

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Mar 20, 2020
The Art — And Joy — Of Recipe Writing
2044

Why writing a simple recipe is complicated... When you follow a recipe and it doesn't work, how do you know when it's your fault and when it's the recipe's fault? Why do some writers' recipes just work — while others' are hit-or-miss? And is there a better way to write recipes? This week Dan talks with author Chandra Ram, who judges one of the nation's most prestigious cookbook awards, and John Becker and Megan Scott, who revised and developed 2,400 recipes for the latest edition of "Joy Of Cooking." Plus we have special cameos from Gourmet Makes' Claire Saffitz and best-selling cookbook author Julia Turshen!

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Mar 16, 2020
American St. Patrick's Day, Through Irish Eyes
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Comic Maeve Higgins shares her Michael Fassbender Diet... Comic Maeve Higgins loves living alone in New York City, her home since she left her native Ireland in 2014. But sometimes, living alone leads her to eat foods she calls "bizarro." This week, she shares her solution to this so-called "problem." (Hint: Michael Fassbender is involved.) Plus, she talks with Dan about her complicated relationship with Irish-Americans, and the struggle to enjoy your food while dining with someone who has sad news to share. Check out Maeve's new film Extra Ordinary!

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Mar 09, 2020
"You Can't Hate Yourself Constantly" Says Comic Fortune Feimster
1963

Comedian Fortune Feimster on using her body to get laughs... "I've always been a fan of food," comedian Fortune Feimster says in her new stand up special, "Sweet and Salty." She joined the swim team in grade school just for the snacks. As a chubby kid who became a chubby adult, she often played her body for laughs. But in recent years her approach to both comedy and food has evolved. In this week's podcast, she talks about struggling to hold back when you really love to eat. She also shares the lesson she learned from her grandmother, and tells the story of the meatball sliders that almost made her and her fiance break up.

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Mar 02, 2020
The Great Data-Driven Restaurant Makeover
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One table can make all the difference... The owner of New York's Adda Indian Canteen has one table in his restaurant that's underperforming the others. And in a business with razor-thin margins, that's a real problem. In this special collaboration with Sally Helm and NPR's Planet Money, we enlist the help of a tape measure-wielding professor to try to turn the loser table into a winner. It turns out that how a restaurant treats its real estate is more important than how it cooks its food.

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Feb 24, 2020
Cooking In An Immigrant Time Warp With Maangchi
1960

Home-cooked, glammed-up Korean food... In 2007, Maangchi was a single mother of adult kids, and was addicted to online gaming. Her son suggested she post a cooking video to YouTube. Today she has 4 million subscribers and has taught fans all over the world how to cook traditional Korean food. This week she tells us her story, and talks about cooking when you’re in an “immigrant time warp.” Plus we hear her take on a popular Korean dish that was renamed for the Oscar-winning film, Parasite.

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Feb 17, 2020
A Very Halal Valentine's Day with Taz Ahmed
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Beef ribs + pizza = love... We're celebrating Valentine’s Day with Taz Ahmed, a writer, activist, and co-creator of the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. Over halal beef ribs at Big Al's Pizzeria outside L.A., Dan and Taz talk about Taz's #MuslimVDay cards, her efforts to recreate the Bangladeshi home cooking she grew up with, and her advice for sharing food on a first date. (Hint: Don't get handsy with the tacos!)

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Feb 10, 2020
Jamie Oliver Says Sunday Lunch Saved Him
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From dyslexic kid to best-selling author... Despite being one of the best-selling authors in UK history, Jamie Oliver didn't read a whole book until he was 38. He's dyslexic, and writes by dictation. Growing up, school was a huge struggle for him. When he began cooking as a kid it was the first time he thought, "I'm good at something." Later, when he became a celebrity chef and tried to use cooking to help others, he was met with skepticism from the press, and his parents. In this week's show he tells us why he thinks that reaction is very human, and talks about coming back from the collapse of his UK restaurant business.

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Feb 03, 2020
Why Candidates Shouldn’t Eat Corn Dogs
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One false bite could cost you the presidency... Every four years, presidential candidates flock to the Iowa State Fair for a stump speech and a photo op. But one wrong food-related move, and their campaign could be in jeopardy. This week, Dan talks with current and former presidential candidates about the perils of eating on the trail. How do you use food to win over voters? Plus, Sean Rameswaram, host of Today Explained, joins us to analyze what the 2020 candidates' eating habits say about them.

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Jan 27, 2020
2 | Live: Chef Kwame Makes His Comeback
2003

Kwame Onwuachi climbs the culinary heights and takes a big fall... After starting his own catering company and going to the Culinary Institute of America, Kwame 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, Black Mirror, and a white guy named Mufasa.

Jan 20, 2020
1 | Live: Notes From A Young Black Chef
1938

Kwame Onwuachi learns to cook in the middle of the ocean... In the past year, Kwame Onwuachi has become one of the fastest rising star chefs in America. His DC restaurant, Kith and Kin, is 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. This week Kwame shares the first half of that story live on stage, in conversation with Dan, at the Miracle Theatre in Washington, DC.

Jan 13, 2020
Ronny Chieng Roasts Everything But Restaurants
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The Daily Show correspondent has a lot of food opinions... Ronny Chieng’s recurring segment on The Daily Show is called “Everything Is Stupid,” and you could say that’s the theme of a lot of his stand-up, too. His style is often grumpy and caustic. But the one thing he won’t call out as stupid is a restaurant. In this week's podcast he explains why. He also talks about his meticulous system for keeping track of restaurants he likes, how to get a big group to decide where to eat, and what he loves about food in Malaysia and Singapore.

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Jan 06, 2020
Trailer: Welcome to The Sporkful
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This podcast isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. We have a ton of fun obsessing about food to learn more about culture, science, history, and most importantly—people. In every episode of The Sporkful you’re going to learn something, feel something, and laugh. Winner of the James Beard and Webby Awards for Best Food Podcast. Hosted by Dan Pashman, who also hosts Cooking Channel’s “You’re Eating It Wrong.” Subscribe now and join us!

Jan 01, 2020
New Year’s Food Resolutions 2020
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It’s that time of year again… We’re closing out 2019 with our annual tradition -- having you tell us what foods you resolve to eat more of in the new year, and why. Plus Dan reveals his own food resolution for 2020, and we replay our April Fool's episode from earlier this year. We think you'll enjoy the satire even more knowing from the beginning that it's a joke.

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Dec 16, 2019
Where All The Chefs Are Grandmas
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A visit to a very exclusive holiday party... When Jody lost his grandmother, mom, and sister within a few years, he opened a restaurant to deal with the grief. But this place is very different from other Staten Island Italian joints.

 

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Dec 09, 2019
Live: You'll Never Find Vegan Dishes At My Restaurant
1963

Angie Mar's book is “a giant ‘F you’ to every other cookbook"… When Chef Angie Mar threw a party recently to celebrate the release of her new book, people were drinking from mini champagne bottles with straws. Her favorite part was “watching my guests scoop obscene amounts of caviar on their French fries and gnaw on rib bones, butter dripping down their arms on to their tuxedos.” This image encapsulates the whole feeling of Angie Mar’s book, Butcher and Beast, and restaurant, The Beatrice Inn. In this week's show, taped live on stage in New York, we hear the story of how, and why, Angie pursues her singular vision of carnal pleasure.


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Dec 02, 2019
Aasif Mandvi is a Human Turducken
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The former Daily Show correspondent talks food and his triple identity: Indian, British, American… Aasif Manddvi isn't a fan of American food excess – except when it provides the perfect metaphor for his own tri-cultural upbringing. He talks about making sense of his dueling identities, his love of peanut butter, and the fight he had with his father over a Big Gulp. Catch his new podcast, Lost at the Smithsonian, from Stitcher.

Nov 25, 2019
Live: You're Eating Gay Cheese
1997

Virginia is for (wine and cheese) lovers... Can you make a good vegan cheese? What in the world is orange wine? We find out when Dan heads to the Fire, Flour, & Fork Festival in Richmond, VA, to talk with the craftspeople building the growing wine and vegan cheese scenes in the state.

Nov 18, 2019
A Forager's Life
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A Forager’s Life

Dan goes foraging!...Jay Marion is a master forager who lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. One chef says, “Jay can consistently find world-class ingredients just by going for a walk in the woods.” This week, Dan joins Jay for one of those walks, and hears the story of how his business got to where it is today. Jay Marion had the foraging knowledge he got from his grandparents, and the business sense to get in early on a growing trend. But as we hear when Dan joins him for a foraging trip, Jay never expected what happened next.

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Nov 11, 2019
My Food History Wasn't Lost. It was Stolen.
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Poet Tommy Pico tells the story of building his own indigenous food history from scratch... A few years ago, Tommy Pico, a queer indigenous American poet, and lover of junk food, set out to learn how to cook. But rather than turn to the past to find an indigenous food history, he turned to friends to build his own. His new book FEED, an epic poem, chronicles that journey. Tommy and Dan chat about the horrors of airport vegetarian options, what it’s like when the food you grow up with is connected to trauma, and how queerness and looking to the future creates an opportunity to make your own legacy.


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Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.




Nov 04, 2019
Live: Is Sparkling Water Actually Water?
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Myq Kaplan is a linguist, vegan, and stand-up comic, so he and Dan debate the definition of water and whether eggless vegan mayo should be called mayo. Plus, is picking all the pretzels out of a snack mix wrong? A philosophy professor tells us what Socrates would say. Live on stage from Tufts University!

Today's Sponsors: Go to Aria.com to see how they Vegas. Go to KingArthurFlour.com/Sporkful to get an additional 25% off some of their favorite recipes, like the Caramelized Brie and Onion Pizza Recipe Bundle. Go to SweeTango.com/sporkful to find a grocer near you. Go to vitalfarms.com/couponfor a special discount.



Oct 28, 2019
2 | When Black Chefs Created Plantation Food
1950

We visit one of America’s most famous plantations with three descendants of enslaved Virginians...

In 1784, Thomas Jefferson brought the enslaved chef James Hemings, brother of Sally Hemings, with him to France, to train under the French culinary masters of the day. Hemings used what he learned to create a cuisine that was half French, half Virginian, and brought it back to Jefferson's plantation, Monticello. French fries. Ice cream. Mac and cheese. Meringue. All of these foods came to America through the kitchens at Monticello. This week, Dan tours those kitchens with three descendants of enslaved Virginians, including Michael Twitty, culinary historian and author of The Cooking Gene. 

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Oct 21, 2019
Inside the Olympics of Bread Baking
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To love making bread as much as Jeff Yankellow does, "you have to be crazy," he says. Jeff's official title at KinArthur Flour is Regional Sales Manager, but we like to think of him as the Chief Flour Nerd. He joins us this week to tell the story of the time he competed for the bread world's biggest prize, to answer listener questions about baking, and to explain why the flour you choose matters.


This entire special mini episode is sponsored by King Arthur Flour, a 100% employee-owned baking company. Visit KingArthurFlour.com/Sporkful to get recipes and discounts on ingredients and baking gear. Right now there’s an extra 25% off their Ridiculously Easy No-Knead Sticky Buns Recipe Bundle and the Carmelized Onion and Brie Pizza Recipe Bundle, both of which come with the ingredients, the recipe, and even a really nice pan. Check it all out!


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Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.



Oct 10, 2019
Claire Saffitz Teaches the Internet How to Bake
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We go behind the scenes of one of the web's most beloved food shows, Gourmet Makes, with host Claire Saffitz of the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen. In each episode Claire tries to figure out how to make an artisanal version of a classic junk food, using an approach very different from other food TV shows. In this week's podcast she answers Sporkful caller questions, rejects the idea that baking is stiff and stuffy, and reveals her little-known background in French culinary history.

Today's sponsors:  Go to Larabar.com to explore all the fun flavors. Go to nativedeodorant.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL for 20% off your first purchase. Go to SweeTango.com/sporkful to find a grocer near you.


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Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.

Oct 07, 2019
A New Apple is Born
1971

This fall, there’s a new apple coming. It’s been 20 years in the making, and its launch will be the biggest in apple history. How was it invented? What makes it special? And will it live up to the hype? We hear the story behind this apple's conception and birth, with help from Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist podcast, and NPR reporter Dan Charles.

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Transcript available at www.sporkful.com.



Sep 30, 2019
Is Sandwich Sexism Real?
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In this special Sporkful investigation, we order sandwiches around New York City to find out whether places make smaller sandwiches for women.

Today's sponsors: Go to ADA.org/sporkful today for more information. Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL for cleaning tips and exclusive offers. Go to thirdlove.com/sporkful for 15% off your first purchase. This week we're making an Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/eggplant-parmesan-sandwich.


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Sep 23, 2019
Can You Spot A Fake Chef?
1965

This week, our entire episode is a game: Two Chefs And A Lie. The rules are simple. We call three purported chefs. Dan asks them five — and only five — questions each. And together, we try to separate fact from fiction. Can you decipher which of these chefs 


Today's sponsors: Go to ADA.org/sporkful today for more information. Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL to receive exclusive offers and learn more. Go to peteandgerrys.com to learn more. This week we're making an Egg, Ham, and Cheddar English Muffin on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/egg-ham-cheddar-english-muffin.


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Sep 16, 2019
Why Food Is Like Fashion with Style Icon Simon Doonan
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Simon Doonan has been called "the world's most famous window dresser," but he never wanted to be that stereotype of a fashion person, looking down his nose at everybody. He's always encouraged people to "dress like themselves." In other words, his approach to fashion is a lot like Dan's approach to food. And yet, people still expect both of them to be judgmental. So what does that say about our culture? And how did Simon become so self-assured? Plus, Simon talks about self-help, Marianne Williamson, and surviving the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. 


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Sep 09, 2019
Natasha Leggero And Moshe Kasher Save Dan's Marriage
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Husband-and-wife comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher give marital advice in their Netflix special and their podcast, The Endless Honeymoon. So this week they join us to help Dan and his wife Janie work out long-simmering arguments over hand soap and dinner parties. Plus, Natasha and Moshe discuss their own marital tensions about dining out, finances, and soup.

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Sep 02, 2019
Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain
1983
Aug 26, 2019
Till Food Allergies Do We Part
2048
Aug 19, 2019
Jelly: A Musical Odyssey
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Aug 12, 2019
Live: Pigs In Blankets: One Woman's Journey
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Aug 08, 2019
Live: Marcus Samuelsson: "Somebody Lied"
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Aug 05, 2019
Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge
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Jul 29, 2019
Live: Rapper Dessa Invented An Ice Cream
1956
Jul 25, 2019
Bill Nye, Food Science Guy!
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Jul 22, 2019
Is It Rude To Add Salt At The Table?
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Jul 15, 2019
Live: A Poem About A Chicken Shack
1973
Jul 11, 2019
This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak
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Jul 08, 2019
A Restaurant Critic Changes the Rules
1940
Jul 01, 2019
Even Bros Scramble Eggs
1789
Jun 24, 2019
The Secret At Grace Church
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Jun 17, 2019
The Holy Smoker
2018
Jun 10, 2019
Live: The Chef Who Hid Her Restaurant From Her Family
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Jun 06, 2019
Am I F*cking Up My Kids? Food Edition.
00:35:39
Jun 03, 2019
This Hot Dog Tastes Like Home
00:30:22
May 27, 2019
Live: The Design Genius Of The Club Sandwich
00:30:47
May 23, 2019
Adam Conover Ruins Food
00:36:38
May 20, 2019
Going Undercover With NY Times Restaurant Critic Pete Wells
00:37:07
May 13, 2019
Live: When Will Indian Food Be American?
00:36:52
May 09, 2019
Comic Phoebe Robinson Stress Eats Vegetables
00:25:37
May 06, 2019
Should You Tip For Takeout?
00:36:23
Apr 29, 2019
Live: Danny Trejo, From Lockup to Donut Shop
00:34:13
Apr 25, 2019
CBD: New Food Frontier Or Marketing Gimmick?
00:37:31
Apr 22, 2019
Comic Maria Bamford Risked Her Life For Ice Cream
00:31:47
Apr 15, 2019
Writer Kiese Laymon Wants to be Heavy
00:39:34
Apr 08, 2019
APRIL FOOOOOOOLS!
00:00:59
Apr 02, 2019
Green Apple Bad Apple
00:35:30
Apr 01, 2019
A Soda Jerk And A Mormon Walk Into A Podcast
00:30:19
Mar 25, 2019
Talkback! Why Hibachi is Complicated (Pt. 2)
00:27:21
Mar 18, 2019
Why Hibachi is Complicated
00:33:29
Mar 11, 2019
The First Time I Ate My Feelings
00:33:53
Mar 04, 2019
Office Fridge Theft: What Would the Founding Fathers Do?
00:31:03
Feb 25, 2019
Actor Ron Funches Lost 140 Pounds And Became A Leading Man
00:33:44
Feb 18, 2019
Why Roy Wood Jr. Sees Pros To Bad Service And Confederate Flags
00:33:07
Feb 11, 2019
Dan Savage Recommends A Polyeaterous Lifestyle
00:32:14
Feb 04, 2019
Kids’ Weird Food Creations
00:32:05
Jan 28, 2019
In Defense of Picky Eaters
00:40:28
Jan 21, 2019
Is The Future Of Bourbon Female?
00:37:22
Jan 14, 2019
When Celery Was More Special Than Caviar
00:29:46
Jan 07, 2019
New Year's Food Resolutions 2019
00:48:43
Dec 24, 2018
A Brief History Of Cereal And Milk
00:37:42
Dec 17, 2018
A Brief History Of American Barbecue
00:47:46
Dec 10, 2018
This Puerto Rican Drink Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad
00:28:44
Dec 03, 2018
Carla Hall Isn't Going Back To The Frozen Food Section
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Nov 26, 2018
Feasting In A War Zone
00:29:04
Nov 19, 2018
Ask Mimi: Relax And Keep Eating
00:39:05
Nov 15, 2018
The Couple That Cooks Together...
00:30:46
Nov 12, 2018
Why Cows Wear Fitbits
00:10:34
Nov 08, 2018
Love And Chili In Cincinnati
00:35:42
Nov 05, 2018
Ask Mimi: On Sex and Eloping
00:37:38
Nov 01, 2018
The Pasta That Won Obama Re-Election
00:31:38
Oct 29, 2018
The Chef Who Drinks Milk With Her Chocolate Soufflé
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Samin Nosrat, author of the bestselling cookbook "Salt Fat Acid Heat," joins Dan to talk about feeling like an outsider, sexism and pretentiousness in food, a controversy about a spoon, and the finer points of toast. This episode is from The Sporkful's archives. Normally, this episode and hundreds like it are only available with Stitcher Premium. But in these strange times, we're releasing it for free — both to help our listeners through self-isolation, and to say thanks for continuing to support our show. If you'd like to have access to our entire archive, you can sign up for Stitcher Premium at www.stitcherpremium.com/SPORKFUL, and use the promo code SPORKFUL for a special discount.
Oct 08, 2018
Comedian Nicole Byer Sees Her First Shrimp
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The host of the Netflix cooking competition show "Nailed It" tells us about her love of raunchy humor, the commonality between comedy spaces and restaurant kitchens, and the time her aunt sent her an Easter dinner in the mail. This episode is from The Sporkful's archives. Normally, this episode and hundreds like it are only available with Stitcher Premium. But in these strange times, we're releasing it for free — both to help our listeners through self-isolation, and to say thanks for continuing to support our show. If you'd like to have access to our entire archive, you can sign up for Stitcher Premium at www.stitcherpremium.com/SPORKFUL, and use the promo code SPORKFUL for a special discount.
Aug 20, 2018
Searching For The Donut King Pt. 1
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After escaping Cambodia's "Killing Fields," Ted Ngoy built a donut empire in California. Then he lost it all, and disappeared. This week we're searching for The Donut King -- and his legacy. This episode is from The Sporkful's archives. Normally, this episode and hundreds like it are only available with Stitcher Premium. But in these strange times, we're releasing it for free — both to help our listeners through self-isolation, and to say thanks for continuing to support our show. If you'd like to have access to our entire archive, you can sign up for Stitcher Premium at www.stitcherpremium.com/SPORKFUL, and use the promo code SPORKFUL for a special discount.
Apr 23, 2018
Why Lefties Buy Less Soup
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Psychologist Charles Spence explains that "taste" is influenced by many different factors — from the background music in a restaurant to your own DNA and even the shape of your spoon. Plus, Dan and his daughter recreate one of Charles' experiments when they give out free ice cream in the street. This episode is from The Sporkful's archives. Normally, this episode and hundreds like it are only available with Stitcher Premium. But in these strange times, we're releasing it for free — both to help our listeners through self-isolation, and to say thanks for continuing to support our show. If you'd like to have access to our entire archive, you can sign up for Stitcher Premium at www.stitcherpremium.com/SPORKFUL, and use the promo code SPORKFUL for a special discount.
Jul 10, 2017
Kumail Nanjiani Already Had The Best Taco Of His Life
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The actor and comic says different people should mix but the foods on his plate should not. Plus he explains why all Islamophobes should be forced to try Pakistani food. This episode is from The Sporkful's archives. Normally, this episode and hundreds like it are only available with Stitcher Premium. But in these strange times, we're releasing it for free — both to help our listeners through self-isolation, and to say thanks for continuing to support our show. If you'd like to have access to our entire archive, you can sign up for Stitcher Premium at www.stitcherpremium.com/SPORKFUL, and use the promo code SPORKFUL for a special discount.
Apr 17, 2017