The Sporkful

Dan Pashman and Stitcher

We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman, who's also the inventor of the new pasta shape cascatelli. James Beard and Webby Award winner for Best Food Podcast. A Stitcher Production. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Sporkful podcast is an ongoing conversation about food and eating. What can listeners expect from this podcast? They won't get a series about fancy chefs or Michelin star restaurants. They also won't receive any cooking tips or tricks for healthy eating. Instead, every episode guides listeners on a newer approach to food. Host Dan Pashman uses food to initiate thoughtful conversations about complicated issues. He layers discussions on science, history, culture, and race with humor and compassion. Pashman founded this show in 2010. This podcast is also a public radio program.

Pashman and guests tell food stories from across the globe on The Sporkful podcast. This program answers big questions. For example, do potato chips that crunch louder taste better? Food TV stars Padma Lakshmi and Guy Fieri get involved in entertaining discussions. Other food-related celebrities appear. Pashman visits a restaurant in rural Tennessee to meet a preacher at a local church who happens to be a BBQ pitmaster. Once, the host even spent two years searching for a beloved sandwich shop in Syria.

The Sporkful podcast title indicates the playful nature of this program. A spork is a combination of a spoon and fork. Fast food restaurants hand out the utensil because it is so practical. So it is a fitting name for the podcast. Host Pashman has a natural talent for storytelling. He keeps listeners engaged in each episode. That's because he understands how much there is to learn about people and cultures through food. New episodes for the show come out each week.

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