The Sporkful

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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Can A Restaurant Be For Everyone?

"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...



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...



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...



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...



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...


 2020-04-27  35m

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...


 2020-04-20  32m

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...


 2020-04-13  31m

This Southern Baptist Is A Matzah Expert

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...


 2020-04-06  30m

Bringing Georgia O’Keeffe To Life, One Recipe At A Time

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...


 2020-03-30  39m

Marc Maron And Kenji Lopez-Alt Will Help You Get Through This

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...


 2020-03-20  47m