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The Holy Smoker
During the week Devin Pickard is the pitmaster at his family's BBQ restaurant in Centerville, Tennessee. But on Sundays he trades the pit for the pulpit at the local church where he preaches. This is the first in a two-part series on churches that are using food to carry out their missions in surprising ways.
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|Jun 10, 2019|
Live: The Chef Who Hid Her Restaurant From Her Family
When Ann Kim became an actor, her immigrant parents disowned her. It was no different than “being a whore,” her mom said. When Ann ditched acting to open a pizza restaurant in Minneapolis, she knew better than to tell her folks about her new pipe-dream. She studied crust and dough, and topped pizza with things like kimchi and almonds. Crowds came, then awards came. But would her parents?
|Jun 06, 2019|
Am I F*cking Up My Kids? Food Edition.
Every parent fears they’ll f*ck up their kid. But what if there’s a hack, one tiny thing you can control? Maybe if you get their eating right, you’ll set up them up to succeed.
Spoiler: there are no hacks. Sorry. And writer Carvell Wallace knows this very well. On the podcast Mom And Dad Are Fighting, he digs into his trove of mistakes – and momentary victories – raising teens to help other people with tiny humans feel slightly less alone.
This week, Carvell and Dan talk about using food to connect kids to their heritage, sussing out whether that fight with your kids was about you or them, and questioning whether “adventurous eating” is really a virtue. Hear Carvell's thoughts on the Tooth Fairy and you'll know that you don't need kids to connect with this episode.
|Jun 03, 2019|
This Hot Dog Tastes Like Home
We take you to two iconic hot dog joints in Detroit and New Jersey to find out what makes them special. Plus Kenji Lopez-Alt schools us on the science of deep-fried hot dogs, and Dan's parents make a special cameo.
|May 27, 2019|
Live: The Design Genius Of The Club Sandwich
Designer Aaron Draplin has made logos for President Obama, Nike, and local food joints around Portland, OR. His taste in food, and his design sensibility, have a lot in common. He likes things that are straightforward, classic. Nothing fussy. In food, that means yellow mustard and American cheese. In his work, that means thick lines. Bold letters. A retro feel. He joins Dan live on stage at Portland's Listen Up Festival to rail against pretentiousness in food and art, and to break down the design achievement that is the club sandwich.
|May 23, 2019|
Adam Conover Ruins Food
Since he was a kid, comedian Adam Conover has always had an intense desire to find the truth – and to tell everyone about it – whether or not they asked. He also has A LOT of opinions about food. In other words, Dan may have found his soul mate. Adam's approach is the basis for his TV show, Adam Ruins Everything, in which he debunks myths about everything from vitamin supplements to bacon. But do people really want to know the truth? Or are we happier with our myths?
|May 20, 2019|
Going Undercover With NY Times Restaurant Critic Pete Wells
NY Times restaurant critic Pete Wells has been called the most read and most feared food writer in the US. He can make or break a restaurant with one review. How does he feel about wielding so much power? Has the job changed him, or his approach to food? And does he ever have to abandon a review mission because he burned his tongue? We discuss, and Dan joins Pete on an undercover trip to a New York eatery.
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|May 13, 2019|
Live: When Will Indian Food Be American?
In 1973, Madhur Jaffrey penned "An Invitation to Indian Cooking” and introduced many Americans to Indian cuisine. Over 45 years later, Priya Krishna defies the notion that Indian food is anything but American with her new cookbook, "Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics From A Modern American Family." How does an immigrant cuisine assimilate? What compromises are made along the way? And where does the cuisine go from here? Madhur Jaffrey and Priya Krishna join us live on stage to discuss.
|May 09, 2019|
Comic Phoebe Robinson Stress Eats Vegetables
The comedian and podcast host tells us how to navigate a big meal in tight jeans, who should pay on a first date, and what it’s like to go out to eat when you’re in an interracial relationship.
|May 06, 2019|
Should You Tip For Takeout?
By The Book co-hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg join Dan to answer listener questions about tipping, who owns leftovers, and what to do with dinner guests who arrive very early.
Today's sponsors: Go to VRBO in the app store to download the Vrbo app today and find a vacation home. Go to nationsphotolab.com and use code sporkful for 15% off your order. Go to thirdlove.com/sporkful to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase. This week we're making Swirl Bread Apple Pie Panini on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/swirl-bread-apple-pie-panini.
|Apr 29, 2019|
Live: Danny Trejo, From Lockup to Donut Shop
Danny Trejo is a Hollywood legend. He's been in nearly 400 films, often playing the kinds of characters you wouldn't want meet in a dark alley. Now in his 70s, his career has taken a turn -- The L.A. native has become a successful restaurateur. This new chapter is especially surprising considering that 50 years ago, Danny was a drug addict who couldn't stay out of prison. In this show taped live in L.A., he traces his path from heroin dealer to drug counselor to beloved actor, and tells us how a decades-old joke with his mom led to an unplanned career in food.
This is the first in a special series of live podcast episodes. We'll have three more in this run, dropping every other Thursday. Get psyched!
Today's sponsors: Go to VRBO in the app store to download the Vrbo app today and find a vacation home. Go to peteandgerrys.com to learn more. This week we're making Slooker Booker Italian Beef on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/slow-cooker-italian-beef.
|Apr 25, 2019|
CBD: New Food Frontier Or Marketing Gimmick?
Business is booming in the world of CBD oil and cannabis-infused edibles. But are the science and technology keeping up? Dan investigates when he travels to Oregon, where recreational pot is legal, to meet a woman dubbed "the Martha Stewart of edibles".
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|Apr 22, 2019|
Comic Maria Bamford Risked Her Life For Ice Cream
The native Minnesotan explains why a little internal bleeding can't keep her from a treat, and why the way she eats salad is like the way she deals with depression.
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|Apr 15, 2019|
Writer Kiese Laymon Wants to be Heavy
Disordered eating, anti-blackness, fat-phobia, and addiction all bubble together in Kiese Laymon's new book, "Heavy: An American Memoir." "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."
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|Apr 08, 2019|
Green Apple Bad Apple
(UPDATE: This episode was released on April Fools' Day. It's a satire. Please enjoy it as such!) When Dan hit 40, he noticed his body wasn't feeling as good. So recently, he embarked on a journey to change his lifestyle. Today, you'll meet the three people who've inspired him.
Today's sponsors: Go to Milklife.com to learn more. Go to ICantBelieveItsNotButter.com for delicious recipes and more. This week we're making a Lamb Burger with Creamy Feta on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/lamb-burger-creamy-feta.
|Apr 01, 2019|
A Soda Jerk And A Mormon Walk Into A Podcast
Ben Abbott wants to pair his meals with drinks, but as a Mormon, he doesn't drink alcohol. So Dan journeys to an offbeat soda shop in Los Angeles to find Ben some beverages. Plus, a linguist explains why some people say soda, coke, or pop.
Go milklife.com to learn more. Go to find out more go to ling-ling.com/SPORKFUL. Go to neoufitness.com and enter the promo code SPORKUL to receive one month free. Go to shipt.com/podcast to see available stores in your area and start your free two-week trial. Go to thirdlove.com/SPORKFUL to get 15% off your first purchase. This week we're making a Green Goddess English Muffin Sandwich on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/green-goddess-english-muffin-sandwich.
|Mar 25, 2019|
Talkback! Why Hibachi is Complicated (Pt. 2)
Talkback! Why Hibachi is Complicated (Pt. 2)
Last week, we talked hibachi and why it's complicated. This week, Dan takes your questions and discusses them, along with friends-of-the-show and cookbook authors Kenji López-Alt and Nicole Taylor. We cover communal eating, orientalism, finding "authentic" foods, and more. Nicole also dishes on her upcoming cookbook, The Last O.G. Cookbook, and Kenji updates us on his restaurant, Wursthall, in San Mateo, CA.
Today's sponsors: Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL to receive exclusive offers and learn more. Go to LinkedIn.com/SPORKFUL to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Go to rothys.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL to receive free Shipping plus free returns and exchanges on your Rothy’s shoe. This week we're making a Green Goddess English Muffin Sandwich on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/green-goddess-english-muffin-sandwich.
|Mar 18, 2019|
Why Hibachi is Complicated
The hibachi restaurant was created in America in 1964 by a savvy showman and Japanese immigrant named Rocky Aoki, who observed that "Americans enjoy eating in exotic surroundings, but are deeply mistrustful of exotic foods." This week, we see the skill it takes to be a great hibachi chef, and look at what happens when the performance becomes problematic.
Today's sponsors: Go to milklife.com to learn more. Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL receive exclusive offers and to learn more. Go to ling-ling.com/SPORKFUL to find Ling-Ling at a location near you. Go to shipt.com/podcast to start your free two-week trial. This week we're making BBQ Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict on a Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/bbq-pulled-pork-eggs-benedict.
|Mar 11, 2019|
The First Time I Ate My Feelings
Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe love food, but they've also struggled over the years with disordered eating. Last year they had a baby, which brings new opportunities for food joy, and stress. The comedians join Dan to talk about trying to share their passion for food with their daughter, while leaving out the parts they’re determined not to pass down.
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|Mar 04, 2019|
Office Fridge Theft: What Would the Founding Fathers Do?
Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. This week, listeners share their opinions. Plus we hear stories of the crazy things people do to stop office fridge theft, and we talk with an admitted perpetrator.
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|Feb 25, 2019|
Actor Ron Funches Lost 140 Pounds And Became A Leading Man
When actor and comic Ron Funches came on The Sporkful four years ago, his humor and warmth made him one of our most popular guests ever. Since then he's lost 140 pounds. This week, Ron returns to talk about how losing weight has changed the way people treat him, and the way he perceives himself. Plus he updates us on his autistic son Malcom.
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|Feb 18, 2019|
Why Roy Wood Jr. Sees Pros To Bad Service And Confederate Flags
Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. is known for his thoughtful and pointed takes on race. He joins us to discuss McRib conspiracy theories, the dangers of touring the south as a black comic, and the advantages of bad service and Confederate flags. Plus, Roy talks about what he learned about food from his father over the course of their conflicted relationship.
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|Feb 11, 2019|
Dan Savage Recommends A Polyeaterous Lifestyle
What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? How can couples share power in the kitchen without driving each other crazy? Ahead of Valentine's Day, we talk food and relationships with Dan Savage, who writes the sex advice column Savage Love and hosts the Savage Lovecast Podcast.
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|Feb 04, 2019|
Kids’ Weird Food Creations
What are the craziest things parents do to get their picky eating kids to eat? Hillary Frank, creator of The Longest Shortest Time podcast and author of the new book, Weird Parenting Wins, shares some stories. Plus, kids call in to pitch Hillary and Dan their weirdest food creations.
|Jan 28, 2019|
In Defense of Picky Eaters
Why do picky eaters face so much judgment? Is picky eating even actually a problem? We talk with two twins who grew up in a family of proud picky eaters, and an expert who treats picky eating kids, to find out. This is part one of a two-part series on picky eating.
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|Jan 21, 2019|
Is The Future Of Bourbon Female?
Bourbon's growing popularity is changing an industry with deep roots in Kentucky. We travel there to learn what that means for one of the oldest and one of the youngest bourbon masters.
|Jan 14, 2019|
When Celery Was More Special Than Caviar
Celery was the hottest food trend in early 1900s America. Why did it fall from grace? And can it ever make a comeback?
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|Jan 07, 2019|
New Year's Food Resolutions 2019
Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what food they resolve to eat more of in the new year -- and why. Plus we replay one of our favorite episodes of 2018.
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|Dec 24, 2018|
A Brief History Of Cereal And Milk
We explore the history of an iconic American food couple -- cereal and milk -- with help from NYT food correspondent Kim Severson and author Mark Kurlansky.
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|Dec 17, 2018|