The Sporkful

The Sporkful Podcast

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.

Is Sandwich Sexism Real?
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.Get access to ...

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Can You Spot A Fake Chef?
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 are real, and which is a complete liar? Can Dan? Listen, play the game and find out!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 ...

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Why Food Is Like Fashion with Style Icon Simon Doonan
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 sur...

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Why Food Is Like Fashion with Style Icon Simon Doonan
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 sur...

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Natasha Leggero And Moshe Kasher Save Dan's Marriage
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.Today's sponsors: Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL to receive exclusive offers and learn more. Go to NativeDeoderant.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL, ...

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Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain
The founder of Milk Street hates celebrations and says pleasure is annoying. This week, Chris Kimball tells us why he thinks cooking is supposed to be hard, and how he got this way. Plus, he and Dan bond over their shared food obsessiveness and clash over their differences in the kitchen -- and in life.Today's sponsors: Go to nationsphotolab.com and use code sporkful15 for 15% off your order. This week we're making a Berry Mint English Muffin on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here....

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Till Food Allergies Do We Part
After a tick bite, Amy Pearl developed a meat allergy called alpha-gal. (We shared her story in an episode a few years ago -- longtime listeners already know that she is one of the most hilarious people on the planet.) This week, Amy draws on her experience to help a listener whose serious food allergy is affecting his relationship with his fiancée. Plus, what do you do when your husband won’t stop slopping hummus onto everything you cook? And why won’t Amy accept Dan’s instagram request?Today's sponsors: V...

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Jelly: A Musical Odyssey
From the Harlem Renaissance to Beyonce and beyond, we explore references to jelly in music that span decades and genres. Along the way, we hear the story of a famous moment in internet history, explore depictions of black women in music, and learn how jelly became an affirmation for LGBTQIA+ identity. For the grand finale, we compose and perform an original song about jelly.Today's sponsors: Go to nationsphotolab.com and use code sporkful15 for 15% off your order. Go to RaddishKids.com/SPORKFUL and enter co...

Live: Pigs In Blankets: One Woman's Journey
Mary Giuliani grew up as one of the few Italian kids in a mostly Jewish town, so she went to lots of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs – the Jewish rite of passage that comes at age 13. And at these parties, while the other kids were slow dancing awkwardly, Mary was engaged in a different kind of youthful discovery – she was falling in love with pigs in blankets. Little did she know that this classic appetizer would become the foundation for her meteoric rise to catering stardom. In this week's show, taped live on stage...

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Live: Marcus Samuelsson: "Somebody Lied"
The TV host and chef behind Red Rooster Harlem was taught in culinary school that French cuisine is the gold standard of cooking. One day, he realized, "Somebody lied." In this week's show, taped live on stage at the Museum of the City Of New York, Marcus Samuelsson talks about the life experiences that have informed his approach to food, responds to criticism of his restaurants, and tells us about a new dish he’s working on that gives a rare window into the mind of a chef.Today's sponsors: Go to RaddishKid...

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Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge
Conan O’Brien's sidekick tells us why he chose a really nice refrigerator over a sports car. And he talks about his lifelong struggles with his weight, saying, "When you feel bad, eating something that tastes good feels like you're fighting the feeling bad."Today's sponsors: Go to Rothys.com/SPORKFUL to get your new favorite flats.Get access to 500+ more Sporkful episodes and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: www.StitcherPremium.com/Sporkful (promo code: SPORKFUL)....

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Live: Rapper Dessa Invented An Ice Cream
Singer, writer, and rapper Dessa talks about finding deliciousness while crossing the country in a tour van, including the story of the Wisconsin gas station that inspired the ice cream flavor she created, called Dessa's Existential Crunch. And she tells us about trying to use science to alter her brain, in the wake of a bad breakup. Turns out the story also reveals something about Dessa's eating habits. Today's sponsors: Go to visitmilwaukee.org/plan to get your trip started.Get access to 500+ more Sporkfu...

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Bill Nye, Food Science Guy!
Bill Nye nerds out on PB&J, explains why he now supports GMOs, and answers our burning food science questions: Does mashing bananas actually make them sweeter? How long before there’s affordable lab-grown meat? Does adding salt to water make it boil faster? On his new podcast, Science Rules!, Bill and science writer Corey S. Powell answer questions on just about anything in the universe.Today's sponsors: Go to betterhelp.com/sporkful and enter code SPORKFUL for 10% off your first month. Go to dripdrop.com/s...

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Is It Rude To Add Salt At The Table?
After Rod served his wife Nellie the dinner he had prepared for them, Nellie took a taste. Then, she added more salt. Rod took offense. But should he have? Nellie and Rod call in to the show to discuss that question with Dan and a very special guest -- Dan's mom Linda, who's a therapist. Plus, Linda talks about how Dan ate when he was a kid, and they answer listener questions about pizza construction, napkin etiquette, and more.Today's sponsors: Go to Audible.com/sporkful (or text SPORKFUL to 500 500) to sa...

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Live: A Poem About A Chicken Shack
What can an iconic Chicago restaurant chain tell us about segregation and the Great Migration? Poet and South Side native Nate Marshall joins Dan live on stage in Chicago to dig deep on food and race in his home city, ponder what he and his girlfriend might serve at their wedding, and debate the meaning of brunch.Today's sponsors: Go to GiveAGallon.com to donate to a food bank in your community. Go to NationsPhotoLab.com and use code SPORKFUL15 for 15% off your order. Go to VisitMilwaukee.org/plan to get yo...

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This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak
We run around Philly eating the city's most iconic foods, then bring samples to a scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center to learn why greasy treats like cheesesteak, Philly pork sandwiches, and scrapple are so good. (Hint: it has more to do with our brains than our stomachs.)Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.Today's sponsors: Go to betterhelp.com/sporkful and enter...

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A Restaurant Critic Changes the Rules
When Soleil Ho was hired as the restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle six months ago, she was hailed as a “young, queer woman of color who wants to redefine food criticism.” And she is. But to Soleil, “The most interesting part about me is my politics and how I use those things to inform those parts of my identity.” Soleil joins Dan to talk about questioning everything — with everyone watching. Today's sponsors: Go to Food52.com/shop and use code sporkful for 10% off your purchase. Go to peteand...

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Even Bros Scramble Eggs
Jason Jones got famous for his character on the Daily Show: a bro-ish, “man’s man” who went after liberal snowflakes. In real life, he's a guy who'll spend 45 minutes soft-scrambling eggs for his three kids. He got into cooking in part because of feelings of career inadequacy, when his wife Samantha Bee's star rose faster than his. That dynamic is parodied in Jason's hit show The Detour, on TBS. So does that mean he's really a softie? As Dan learned when they met up, it's not so simple.Today's sponsors: Go ...

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The Secret At Grace Church
31 years ago, six women on an island off the coast of Massachusetts began selling lobster rolls as a church fundraiser. Today, people travel by car, boat, and plane just to taste these hallowed summer treats. And it's not just the Christian fold. "Don't tell my rabbi I'm here," one woman told Dan before leaving with her bounty. This week, Dan travels to New England to uncover Grace Church's secret recipe and learn the surprising history the church holds in its stained glass.Today's sponsors: Go to betterhel...

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to LinkedIn.com/SPORKFUL to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Go to milklife.com for more information.Get access to 500+ more Sporkful episodes and lots of other Stitcher g...

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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?Today's sponsors: Go to sonos.com to learn more. Go to GiveAGallon.com to donate to a food bank in your community....

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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 ...

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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. Today's sponsors: Go to peteandgerrys.com to learn more. Go to sonos.com to learn more....

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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 achievemen...

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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?Today's sponsors: Go to nationsphotolab.c...

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to theSkimm.com/SPORKFUL to subscribe and be entered to win a $50 gift card. Go to...

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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. Today's sponsors: Go to t...

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/SPORKFUL to get full month of unlimited access for free, when you sign up. Go to Milklife.com to learn more about real, delicious milk....

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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 Panin...

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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...

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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".Today's sponsors: Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL to receive exclusive offers and learn more. Go to carnival.com/TheSporkful to learn more about a Carnival Cruise Line vacation. Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/SPORKFUL to get one month free....

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to ICantBelieveItsNotButter.com for delicious recipes and more. Go to LinkedIn.com/SPORKFUL to get $50 off your first job post. Search V - R - B - O in the app store to download the Vrbo app today....

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."Today's sponsors: Dinner for Everyone by Mark Bittman is available wherever books are sold. Go to Bona.com/SPORKFUL to learn more. Go to ICantBelieveItsNotButter.com for delicious recipes a...

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APRIL FOOOOOOOLS!
Yesterday's show was a satire. :) Please enjoy it as such!...

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(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://thomas...

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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.Today's sponsors: 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 tr...

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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 excl...

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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...

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to shipt.com/podcast to see available stores in your area and start your free two-week trial....

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to ling-ling.com/SPORKFUL to find Ling-Ling at a location near you. Go to rothys.com and use promo code SPORKFUL to get free shipping with no minimum. Go to milklife.com for more information....

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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. Today's sponsors: Go to Leesa.com/Sporkful and use promo code SPORKFUL to get $15 off any mattress for a limited time. Go to LinkedIn.com/SPORKFUL and get $50 off your ...

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to Carnival.com/TheSporkful to learn more about cruise vacations. Go to GreenChef.us/Sporkful to get $50 off your...

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Sporkful to start your free month of learning. Go to Leesa.com/Sporkful and use promo code SPORKFUL to get $160 off your mattress. Go to Milklife.com to learn more....

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to milklife.com to learn more. Go to ling-ling.com/SPORKFUL to learn more....

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Sporkful to start your free month of learning. Go to Leesa.com/Sporkful and use promo code SPORKFUL to get $160 off your mattress. Go to LinkedIn.com/Sporkful to get $50 off your first job post....

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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. Today's sponsors: Go to Leesa.com/Sporkful and use promo code SPORKFUL to get $160 off your mattress. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first bra purchase....

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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?Today's sponsor: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Sporkful to start your free month....

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to explore their entire line of paleo-friendly food today. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL. Go to Ritual.com/Sporkful to start your ritual today. Go to SplendidTable.org (or where ever you get your podcasts) to listen to The Splendid Table podcast....

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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.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to explore recipes and get your favorite muesli today. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (limited time). Go to GetOneDrop.com and use promo code SPORKFUL to save 20% on your order. Go to Sonos.com to learn more about Sonos's Up and Running delive...

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A Brief History Of American Barbecue
We follow barbecue from West Africa to the American South to the south side of Chicago, with help from culinary historian Michael Twitty and a pitmaster in Chicago.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to buy your own gluten-free Egg Replacer today. Go to GetOneDrop.com and use promo code SPORKFUL to save 20% on your order. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (limited time). Go to TryFirstLeaf.com/Sporkful to get three bottles of wine for...

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This Puerto Rican Drink Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad
We learn about the holiday drink that’s the centerpiece of Puerto Rican Christmas celebrations, and we hear how Hurricane Maria changed Christmas for one Puerto Rican family.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to get $1 off gluten-free Oatmeal Cups. Go to GetOneDrop.com and use promo code SPORKFUL to save 20% on your order. Go to KiwiCo.com/Sporkful to try their projects for kids, for free. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (limited t...

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Carla Hall Isn't Going Back To The Frozen Food Section
When the chef and star of The Chew and Top Chef started her career, she turned her back on the food she grew up with. Her journey back included false starts, U-turns, and a mail truck full of sandwiches. And it's led her to write a cookbook that's unlike anything she's ever done before.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com/Oatmeal-Cups to buy online, search retailers, and get $1 off the Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups. Go to KiwiCo.com/Sporkful to try their projects for kids, for free. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkf...

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Feasting In A War Zone
The military is not known as a place to find a good meal. But our men and women in uniform are trained to overcome any obstacle. This week, as many service members spend Thanksgiving far from home, we bring you their stories of memorable meals on the front lines -- from fishing with grenades in WWII to an unexpected feast in the middle of the Saudi desert.Today's sponsors: Go to Babeths.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL18 for free shipping on all samplers or your order of $50 or more. Go to BobsRedMill.com ...

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Ask Mimi: Relax And Keep Eating
In the fourth and final part of our special series Ask Mimi, legendary food critic Mimi Sheraton shares her thoughts on the etiquette of free food samples, ballpark eating, and how ice cream should be scooped. Then comedian Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, gets Mimi's advice on dealing with a picky eater husband. Plus, Mimi offers final words of wisdom for living and eating well.Today's sponsors: Go to ChosenFoods.com/Sporkful and use promo code sporkful to get 50% off your order. Go to Ritua...

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The Couple That Cooks Together...
Emily and Patrick are past the honeymoon phase. Now they have to learn to work together, if they're going to be together for the long haul. They get advice from Dan and food writer Nicole Taylor, who returns to ride shotgun, face The Lightning Round, and follow up on a conversation she and Dan had years ago.Today's sponsors: Go to Babeths.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL18 for free shipping on all samplers or your order of $50 or more. Go to BobsRedMill.com to add Vanilla Protein Powder to your kitchen ars...

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Why Cows Wear Fitbits
In this special bonus episode, Dan talks to a dairy farmer about why cows wear fit bits and the best way to drink a glass of milk. This entire episode is sponsored by Undeniably Dairy. To hear more stories about dairy farmers, visit UndeniablyDairy.org/Devoted....

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Love And Chili In Cincinnati
Cincinnati chili does not get a lot of love around the US. It's known for its sweetness, sometimes made with chocolate, and served over spaghetti. But as Dan learns when he travels to Cincy, this midwestern specialty has roots that span centuries and continents. Plus, an unlikely love story between a chef and a city.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sens...

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Ask Mimi: On Sex and Eloping
Legendary food critic Mimi Sheraton discusses sex and marriage, including the two times she eloped. Plus, Dan's mom calls in for advice on how to deal with Dan's dad's strange addiction to Subway sandwiches, and chocolatier Jacques Torres joins Mimi and Dan to debate the merits of frozen Milky Way bars.Today's sponsors: Go to Babeths.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL18 for free shipping on all samplers or your order of $50 or more. Go to Sonos.com to learn more about starting your smart home sound system. G...

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The Pasta That Won Obama Re-Election
Sam Kass shares stories of his time as the Obama family’s chef -- cooking on Air Force One, smuggling special ingredients in to the White House, and creating a dish that came to be known as 'lucky pasta'.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to Mailchimp.com to sign up for free and see how Mailchimp can grow your business. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase....

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Why Sushi Chefs Have To Look The Part
What judgments do we make about a restaurant's food based on how the people working there look?Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to BuildABear.com to learn about all the fun ways to celebrate birthdays at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Go to Casper.com/Sporkful and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $50 credit toward select mattresses. Go to SweeTango.com/Sporkful to find a grocer near you....

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Ask Mimi: How To Eat Alone
In part two of our special series Ask Mimi, legendary food writer Mimi Sheraton discusses being a working mother, eating alone, and mac and cheese. Plus Dinner Party Download's Brendan Francis Newnam stops by to argue against brunch.Today's sponsors: Go to Bona.com to join the BFF group and get coupons and exclusive offers on your favorite Bona products. Go to BuildABear.com to learn about all the fun ways to celebrate birthdays at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Go to ChosenFoods.com/Sporkful and use promo code spo...

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The Food Guilt Remediation Project
Dan sets out on a mission in which he attempts to take three actions to alleviate his guilt about food waste: compost, spice up his leftovers, and figure out what expiration dates actually mean. Will it make him feel better?Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sensitive). Go to SweeTango.com/Sporkful to find a grocer near you. Go to ThriveMarket.com/Sporkfu...

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The Chef Who Drinks Milk With Her Chocolate Soufflé
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.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to BuildABear.com to learn about all the fun ways to celebrate birthdays at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Go to NationsPhotoLab.com/Buzzbooks and use promo code SPORKFUL to get a free Buzz Book. Go to Thrive...

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Ask Mimi: Mimi On Moms
In this special four-part series, legendary food writer Mimi Sheraton offers advice on food and life to live callers and celebrity guests. This week Mimi covers critical mothers, edible weed, and grandparenthood with comedian Maeve Higgins and Radiolab's Robert Krulwich.Today's sponsors: Go to Bona.com to join the BFF group and get coupons and exclusive offers on your favorite Bona products. Go to BuildABear.com to learn about all the fun ways to celebrate birthdays at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Go to ChosenFoo...

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Alton Brown Keeps A Scrambled Egg Journal
The Food Network star joins Dan to talk about the best way to eat popcorn, the relative merits of forks and knives, and how his divorce changed the way he cooks.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase. Go to ThriveMarket.com/Sporkful to get 25% off your first purchase and a free 30-day trial....

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The Jell-O Curse
We follow one family’s complicated relationship with Jell-O.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to SweeTango.com/Sporkful to find a grocer near you....

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Life Lessons From The Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet
Comedian Tim Dillon takes Dan out for lunch in Tim's home town on Long Island. Tim talks about why this place is so important to him, why rich people don't care about food, and what the founding fathers would have said about the Pizza Hut lunch buffet.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to SweeTango.com/Sporkful to find a grocer near you. Go to ThriveMarket.com/Sporkful to get  25% off your first purchase and a free 30-day trial....

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Shabbat Dinner at Wendy's
Dan travels to Palm Desert, California, to ring in the Jewish sabbath with a group of seniors the way they do it every week -- at the fast food chain Wendy’s.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to Casper.com/Sporkful and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $50 credit toward select mattresses....

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The Pashman Family Takes Your Calls
Dan's wife Janie and their kids Becky and Emily join the show to solve listeners' food-related relationship issues and dilemmas. "I don't love talking into a microphone," Janie says, "but I do have opinions."Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase....

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Inside The Mind Of A Culinary Mad Scientist
The flavor chemist who created Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza and the McDonald's McGriddle talks about the science of burger cooking and the correct sequence for burger toppings.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to BuildABear.com to learn more about all the fun ways to celebrate birthdays at Build-A-Bear....

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Comedian Nicole Byer Sees Her First Shrimp
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.Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes....

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Lunch With The Simpsons
Dan's dreams come true when he visits The Simpsons writers' room to talk about the role food plays on the show, and behind the scenes. Plus, Simpsons creator Matt Groening explains how new technologies have changed the show’s food jokes.Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes....

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Michael Ian Black Is A Man Who Eats Salads
Why does eating alligator seem more manly than eating chicken? Why does coffee seem more manly than tea? Comedian and actor Michael Ian Black tells us how his sense of masculinity and his body image issues affect what he eats. Plus he and Dan bond over life as suburban dads.Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order. Go to ThirdLove.com/Spo...

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Confessions of a Ballpark Food Vendor
A former Shea Stadium food vendor tells us about the worst gig in the ballpark. Plus a North Carolina peanut man tells us how they get the salt inside the shell, and Mike Pesca from The Gist tells us how much free advertising Cracker Jack got from being included in "Take Me Out To The Ball Game".Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to TryFirstLeaf.com/Sporkful to get three bottles of wine for only $15 (plus free shipping). Go to HaloTop.com to find ...

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What 400 Gallons Of Oobleck Can Teach You About Ketchup
A husband irked by his wife's loud chewing noises calls in for advice, and Cooks Illustrated's Dan Souza tells us how science can help get ketchup out of the bottle.Today's sponsors: Go to Store.Benjerry.com to have new Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream delivered to you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes....

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L.A. Story
Dan travels through time in search of a coconut cake.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to Store.Benjerry.com to have new Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream delivered to you....

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Yewande Finds Her Super Power
A chef working in the US as an undocumented immigrant cooks to stay connected to her home. But what happens when food isn't enough to bridge the distance?Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase....

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A Marriage Built On Rum Cake (with Alan Alda)
Alan and Arlene Alda have been married for 61 years, and food has been a big part of how they communicate since the night they met. In this week's show, they talk about using food to communicate in their relationship, in geopolitics, and at dinner parties. Plus they give Dan some marriage advice.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to FirstLeaf.com/Sporkful to get three bottles of wine for $15 (plus free shipping). Go to MichelinMan.com/LongLastingP...

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What If There Were No Nachos?
Famed football announcer Howard Cosell played an unlikely role in popularizing nachos, as we learn this week when Dan sits down with his old friend Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast at Slate. And Mike rants about restaurant practices that drive him nuts -- like when servers don't write down your order.Today's sponsors: Go to BenJerry.com to have Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream delivered to you. Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com ...

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The Man Who Married Pizza
"I love pizza, but I really don't think I'm insane," says Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours, who limits his consumption to 15 slices per week, and has a Guinness World Record holding collection of 1,400 pizza boxes.Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to UndeniablyDairy.org to learn more about the people who bring dairy to your table....

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Is This Pizza Worth Waiting For?
Ever waited in a crazy long line for some famous barbecue or donuts? Was it worth it? This week we visit a legendary pizzeria with a famous queue -- and talk with scientists -- to find out when a long wait makes your food taste better and when it makes it taste worse.Today's sponsors:Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to UndeniablyDairy.org to learn more about the people w...

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The Ethics of Supermarket Lines
Two friends disagree about whether it's OK to keep shopping after getting in the check-out line, and cookbook author Nicole Taylor tells us about some unsolicited advice she got about navigating the food world as a black woman.Today's sponsors: Go to BeyondMeat.com/Sporkful to find a retailer near you. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to UndeniablyDairy.org to learn more about the people who bring dairy to your table. Go to&nbsp...

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Nigella Lawson Is The British Beyonce
The cookbook author and food TV star talks about the condiment she keeps in her purse, and how she uses method acting to decide what to order in restaurants.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sensitive). Go to MarthaStewartWine.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack, or ...

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