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.

Where All The Chefs Are Grandmas
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. Today’s sponsors: Go to Hallmark.com/sporkful to shop holiday cards for everyone on your list. Use promo code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your card purchase. Go to MeUndies.com/SPORKFUL to get your 15% off your first pair, free shipping, and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Go to nat...

Live: You'll Never Find Vegan Dishes At My Restaurant
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'...

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Live: You'll Never Find Vegan Dishes At My Restaurant
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'...

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Aasif Mandvi is a Human Turducken
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....

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Aasif Mandvi is a Human Turducken
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....

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Live: You're Eating Gay Cheese
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....

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A Forager's Life
A Forager’s LifeDan 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...

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A Forager's Life
A Forager’s LifeDan 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...

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My Food History Wasn't Lost. It was Stolen.
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,...

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Live: Is Sparkling Water Actually Water?
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...

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2 | When Black Chefs Created Plantation Food
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 k...

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1 | When White People Say Plantation
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. Today's sponsors: Go to Larabar.com to explore all the fun flavors. Go to meundies.com/SPORKFU...

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When White People Say Plantation, Pt. 1
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. Today's sponsors: Go to Larabar.com to explore all the fun flavors. Go to meundies.com/SPORKFU...

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Inside the Olympics of Bread Baking
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 K...

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Claire Saffitz Teaches the Internet How to Bake
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...

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Claire Saffitz Teaches the Internet How to Bake
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...

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A New Apple is Born
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.Today's sponsors: Download the mobile app or go to instacart.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL at checkout for $10 off and free delivery on your first order. Go t...

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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 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' Engl...

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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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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://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 to explore their huge range of prod...

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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 who bring dairy to your table. Go to...

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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 ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off y...

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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 club membership....

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Why Won't Anyone Invite Michael Pollan To Dinner?
The leader of the farm-to-table movement loves Cracker Jacks, hates questions about GMO's, and says we all just need to relax about what we eat. But are his followers missing his message?Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to MarthaStewartWine.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack, or club membership. Go to MrClean.com/Sporkful to learn how the Magic Eraser can help you clean up around the house. Go to...

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How To Be A Good Ice Cream Citizen
Is it unethical to sample an ice cream shop's flavors and not buy anything? A married couple calls in for advice, and Cooks Illustrated's Dan Souza reveals the artisanal ice cream industry's biggest secret. Plus, two listeners who run a French fry stand together call in to debate the definition of a condiment. Today's sponsors: Go to BarkBox.com/Sporkful to get a free extra month of BarkBox when you subscribe to a 6- or 12-month plan. Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes...

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"No Murder, Yes Pork Chops," Says Comic Negin Farsad
The Iranian-American Muslim comedian and host of the podcast Fake The Nation says everything is negotiable -- even religious law. "I feel like Allah would be like, 'Get the pork chop but don't kill anybody,'" she says. Plus, the former policy advisor uses her lamb kebab to school us on campaign finance reform.Today's sponsors: Go to BobsRedMill.com to explore their huge range of products and recipes. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase. Go to SunBasket.com/Sp...

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The Sporkful Presents: Ask Mimi
Mimi Sheraton has seen it all in her 92 years. In our new spinoff podcast, Ask Mimi, the legendary food critic offers advice on food and life to live callers and celebrity guests. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman moderates. In this episode, humorist Mo Rocca joins Mimi and Dan live on stage to ask for help with an issue involving his mom.Hear all episodes of Ask Mimi when you sign up for Stitcher Premium. Plus you get The Sporkful's back catalog and you're supporting our show. The first month is free when you go ...

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Where There's Smoke, There's Flavor
We follow a firefighter who moonlights as an upscale chef as he attempts to get lunch on the table at the firehouse on time. But can he get his crew mates to eat kale?Today's sponsors: Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more + free delivery (offer valid until March 15, 2018). Go to MarthaStewartWine.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack, or club membership....

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These Chefs Want You To Talk Politics At Dinner
Tunde Wey learned to cook at home with his family in Nigeria. Sean Sherman grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Today they're both using food to explore politics and educate diners about the world beyond the dinner table. "Food is a delicious tool," says Tunde, "but it's pointing to something bigger."Today's sponsors: Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more + free delivery (offer valid until March 15, 2018). Go to EverlyWell.com and us...

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Eat Fish And Chips By Hand -- But Not While Watching TV
British-born TV writer June Thomas shares childhood memories of fish, chips, and a magical pan of lard, and nerds out with Dan on the finer points of this classic comfort food. Then she shares strategies for eating in front of the TV, which she does A LOT.Today's sponsors:Go to TryCaviar.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more + free delivery (offer valid until March 15, 2018). Go to LinkedIn.com/Sporkful to get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Go to SunBasket....

Katie's Year In Recovery
We follow one woman's attempt to recover from an eating disorder and hear what it’s like to wake up each morning and have to fight a battle not only with food, but more importantly, with yourself. It's a rare look inside one person’s struggle. We also hear from her husband and explore her decision, early in recovery, to become a baker.Today's sponsors: Go to FarmAndOven.com/Sporkful to get free shipping on your orders. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase....

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This Podcast Contains MSG
Fifty years after the panic about "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" began, we explore how faulty science and perceptions of race and class contributed to the making of a food myth that persists today. And we tell you how to make the best bloody Mary ever.Today's sponsors: Go to FarmAndOven.com/Sporkful to get free shipping on your orders. Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase of a website or domain. Go to ThirdLove.com/Sporkful to get 15% off your first purchase....

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To Cook On TV, Forget How To Cook (with Chef Richard Blais)
Richard Blais got his first job in food at McDonald's when he was a teenager. He was so shy he couldn't look the customers in the eye. So how did that kid become a food TV star and winner of Top Chef All Stars? How did he end up in some the finest kitchens in the country? And why does he say he still doesn't consider himself successful? We discuss, plus he tells us why spotting a hot trend and hopping on the bandwagon is a good career strategy in the food world.Today's sponsor: Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful ...

New Year's Food Resolutions 2018
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 shows from 2017.Today's sponsors:Go to Modcloth.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL25 to get 15% off your order of $100 or more. Go to Sonos.com and get 10% off one order of $2500 or less, using the promo code SPORKFUL10 (case sensitive). Go to Upsie.com and use promo code SPORKFUL for 10% off your first purchase....

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How To Use The Force To Stir Risotto
What are the best and worst food-related moments in the Star Wars films? How could the Force help you out in the kitchen? Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out today, so we're exploring the universe of Star Wars food with The Food Lab's Kenji Lopez-Alt, Nerdette's Greta Johnsen, and the recipe developer behind Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Jello Mold.Today's sponsors:Go to BonAppetit.com/GetBA and use the code SPORK to save $5 on a one-year subscription (and get an exclusive tote bag!). Go to Sonos.com and get ...

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Wine Condoms And Popcorn Balls: A Holiday Gift Guide
We talk to three inventors who've sacrificed everything -- from their life savings to their gall bladders -- in pursuit of their dream of changing the way we eat and drink. It’s the first ever Sporkful Holiday Gift Guide!Today's sponsors:Go to Sonos.com and get 10% off one order of $2500 or less, using the promo code SPORKFUL10 (case sensitive). Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order. Go to TouchBistro.com/Sporkful to get a $...

Can The Library Of Congress Cooking Club Rise Again?
We travel to DC to learn about a quintessentially librarian cooking club, founded in 1949, that's in danger of disappearing.Today's sponsors:Go to BonAppetit.com/GetBA and use the code SPORK to save $5 on a one-year subscription (and get an exclusive tote bag!). Go to CanvasPeople.com and get a free 11x14 canvas (just pay shipping), using promo code SPORKFUL. Go to Sonos.com and get 10% off one order of $2500 or less, using the promo code SPORKFUL10 (case sensitive). Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spic...


To Eat Less Sugar, Bake A Cake, Says Yotam Ottolenghi
The Israeli-British chef is famous for getting people to eat more vegetables, but now he's making the case for sugar. Plus he discusses the personality differences between bakers and cooks, why he never orders the specials in restaurants, and what happens when a perfectionist like him attempts to cook with his kids.Today's sponsors:Go to CanvasPeople.com and get a free 11x14 canvas (just pay shipping), using promo code SPORKFUL. Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo co...

The Ephemerality Of The Perfect Muffin
Julia Turner of the Slate Culture Gabfest offers muffin opinions, muffin analysis, and, according to Dan, muffin heresy. Is there a muffin they can both agree to love? Listen to find out, and to gain a new appreciation for the nuances of muffindom.Today's sponsors: Go to BonAppetit.com/GetBA and use the code SPORK to save $5 on a one-year subscription (and get an exclusive tote bag!). Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sensitive). Go to PodSwag.c...

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The Last Sporkful Thanksgiving Special Ever
We discuss the beauty and tyranny of tradition, as well as the Wheel Of Infinite Thanksgiving Anxiety, with legendary food writer Mimi Sheraton, Milk Street Kitchen's Christopher Kimball, and cookbook author Kian Lam Kho. And yes, we're serious.Today's sponsors: Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide, using the promo code SPORKFUL (case sensitive). Go to Sonos.com and get 10% off one order of $2500 or less, using the promo code SPORKFUL10 (case sensitive). Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful t...

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Searching For The Aleppo Sandwich Pt. 2
A famous sandwich shop in Aleppo, Syria, played a key role in changing Shadi Martini's life forever. Today on The Sporkful we hear the rest of Shadi's story, and conclude our quest to find out what made that shop special and whether it survived the Syrian Civil War.Today's sponsor: Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes....

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Searching For The Aleppo Sandwich Pt. 1
Before Aleppo became famous for fighting, it was famous for food. This week we go on a quest to find out what made a beloved sandwich shop there special, and whether the restaurant and its owners have survived the Syrian Civil War.Today's sponsors: Go to BonAppetit.com/GetBA and use the code SPORK to save $5 on a one-year subscription (and get an exclusive tote bag!). Go to ChefSteps.com/Joule and use the code SPORKFUL to get $15 off a Joule Sous Vide (limited time). Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spic...

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Monologues Are Like Meatballs, Says Actor Michael McKean
The comedy icon discusses the role food can play in comedy and drama. Plus, he tells us why learning a new part is like eating spaghetti and how he reacts when people in the audience bring food into the theater.Today's sponsors: Go to Modcloth.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL25 to get 25% off your order of $100 or more. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Go to TastyBite.com to learn more about Tasty Bite's ready-to-eat Thai, Indian, and Asian dishes....

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As Hot Chicken Gets Hotter, Who Benefits?
Dan travels to Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville, where hot chicken was invented, to explore the restaurant's complicated history with race -- from segregation to today.Today's sponsors: Go to MackWeldon.com and get 20% off your purchase, using the promo code SPORKFUL. Go to Sonos.com and get 10% off one order of $125 or less, using the promo code SPORKFUL10 (case sensitive). Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Restaurant owners: Go to TouchBistro.com/Sporkful to find out how TouchB...

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Is A Takeout Burger A Lesser Burger?
Two friends call in for help settling a long-running feud. Plus, food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt explains what happens to a burger when it sits in a wrapper before being eaten.Today's sponsors: Go to Arhaus.com/Sporkful to learn more about Arhaus's dining sale. Go to Modcloth.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL25 to get 25% off your order of $100 or more. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Go to Sunbasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order. Go to TastyBite.com to learn mo...

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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. Food and faith are a natural pairing in the south, but Devin tells Dan that there are less obvious ways his two professions come together.Today's sponsors: Go to Bhhsnyp.com/Sporkful to learn about the story behind Manhattan residential real estate. Go to Modcloth.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL25 to get 25% off yo...

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Guy Fieri Doesn't Live On A Yacht That Shoots Rockets
Behind the spiky hair and donkey sauce is a savvy businessman who's been obsessed with finding success in the world of food since he was a kid. He talks with Dan about the importance of self-reflection, why he doesn't serve more organic food at his restaurants, and what people don't understand about him. (And, by the way, you know that shirt with the flames you always see him wearing? He hates it.)Today's sponsors: Go to Arhaus.com/Sporkful to learn more about Arhaus's dining sale. Go to Bhhsnyp.com/Sporkfu...

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Is The Best Cuban Food Still In Cuba?
While Cuban-Americans in Miami enjoy the dishes their grandparents grew up with, food shortages in Cuba have forced the cuisine there to change. So what defines Cuban food today? We go to Miami to try to find out.Today's sponsors: Go to Bhhsnyp.com/Sporkful to learn about the story behind Manhattan residential real estate. Go to PodSwag.com/Sporkful to get your very own Sporkful mug. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Restaurant owners: Go to TouchBistro.com/Sporkful during Septemb...

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The Geometry Of Pizza
A neuroscientist calls in to debate the geometry of pizza, and food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt explains how woodworking can help us make a better bagel and cream cheese.Today's sponsors: Go to Sunbasket.com/Sporkful to get $35 off your first order. Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code "SPORKFUL" to get three free items in your first box. Go to WorldCampusInfo.com to learn how Penn State World Campus can help you reach your educational goals....

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LeVar Burton's Stolen Steaks
The longtime Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek star talks about the power of food memories and the art of PB&J. Plus he performs dramatic readings of recipes.Today's sponsors: Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes. Go to WorldCampusInfo.com to learn how Penn State World Campus can help you reach your educational goals....

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Modern Family's Ty Burrell Cases Hollywood Parties For Free Food
As a struggling young actor, Ty Burrell pretended to be a guest at hotels to get the free breakfast buffet. Now he fights the urge to pocket food at the Emmys. He talks about his hors d'oeurves strategy at fancy Hollywood events, getting his kids to eat slower, and how Utah's arcane liquor laws actually benefitted the two Salt Lake City bars he owns.Today's sponsors: Go to Bhhsnyp.com/Sporkful to learn about the story behind Manhattan residential real estate. Go to RXBAR.com/Sporkful and enter promo code "S...

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How To Pair Your Food With The Beach
Summer is winding down, so it's time for one last trip to the beach. Here's how to pair your snacks with the smell and taste of salt water. Plus, we debate potluck etiquette for hosts and guests.Today's sponsors: Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code "SPORKFUL" to get three free items in your first box. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes....

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Your Mom's Food Pt. 4: Til Pork Do Us Part
Dan and his wife Janie are both white and Jewish, both raised in the NY area. In many ways it's an easy fit. But not so much with food -- Janie grew up kosher and Dan didn't. In part four of Your Mom's Food they talk about navigating food tension in their relationship and ask Janie's mom how she feels about the choices they've made.Today's sponsors: Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get 50% off your first order. Go to SpiceIslands.com/Sporkful for spice facts and recipes....

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Your Mom's Food Pt. 3: Soledad O'Brien Cooks Rice, Not Beans
The TV host's Afro-Cuban mom and Irish-Australian dad got married when interracial marriage was still illegal in parts of the US. She talks about how their different cultures came together on the dinner table, why staying connected to Cuban food was so important to her mother, and how she feels now that it's too late to learn her mom's recipes.Today's sponsors: Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get 50% off your first order. Go to www.casper.com/Sporkful to get $50 toward any mattress purchase, using offer cod...

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Your Mom's Food Pt. 2: Midwest Meets Masala
When a meat-and-potatoes white girl falls in love with an Indian vegetarian, what food will be their food? And how will their families feel about their choices?Today's sponsor: Go to SunBasket.com/Sporkful to get 50% off your first order....

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Your Mom's Food Pt. 1: What Dumplings Can't Fix
How do parents who adopt kids from other countries use food to connect their children to their birthplace? And what happens when those kids grow up and feel like it wasn't enough? This is part one of a new series on race, culture and food called Your Mom's Food. It's about the complications that come up when we pass our cultures on from one generation to the next. We'll have three more parts in the next two weeks.Today's sponsors: Shop at Modcloth.com and enter promo code SPORKFUL to get 30% off your order ...

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Rachel Maddow Fixed The Pina Colada
The MSNBC host nerds out on cocktails, debates lime wheels vs. wedges, and speculates about what the bartenders in heaven are like....

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Cooking Pad Thai For 20,000 People (with Jet Tila)
Food Network star Jet Tila’s parents opened the first Thai market in the US in 1972. Now he’s trying to introduce people who aren’t Asian to the foods he grew up with. He tells the story of protecting his family’s store during the LA riots and explains why he considers himself more a businessman than a chef....


Why Lefties Buy Less Soup
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....

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You Can't Cure Manic Depression With Puff Pastry
Food writer David Leite talks about how bipolar disorder affects what he cooks and eats. Plus he and Dan bond over the difficulties of being neurotic party hosts....

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The Thinking Person's Competitive Eater
Tim "Eater X" Janus talks about how being a competitive eater affects your dating life, how much money these guys actually make, what happens when people on the circuit try to cheat, and how he taught himself to like hot dogs so he could compete in the most famous eating contest of all....

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How To Be Fat (with Lindy West)
The author of "Shrill" and leader of the fat acceptance movement says, "As a fat person, you’re always under surveillance when you’re eating."...

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What If Willy Wonka Was Your Dad
Author Roald Dahl's creative and twisted approach to food wasn't limited to his stories. Ahead of Father's Day, his daughter recalls his witches potions and midnight feasts, and says he based Willy Wonka on himself....

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Patti LaBelle Brings Her Frying Pans On Tour
The music icon couldn't eat in restaurants while touring the segregated South in the 60s. Now she cooks for herself on the road. She shares cooking tips, and we explore the racial implications of the viral video that made her sweet potato pie a sensation. Plus, she tells us what she really thinks of pumpkin pie....


Is It OK To Put Tomatoes In The Fridge?
A wife who objects to her husband's embarrassing food hacks calls in for advice, and food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt explains the science of tomato storage....

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Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj Says Life Is Like Biryani
The comedian finds deep meaning in his favorite cereal and lives the same way he eats his biryani -- pulling out the good bits and pushing the weird stuff to the side....

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Why Bartenders Can’t Have Boyfriends
Live on stage! A world-renowned mixologist and the former bartender at a beloved Chicago dive bar tell us how their work is a little like showbiz and a little like babysitting....

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Wait Wait, Don't Bother Peter Sagal When He's Drinking Mezcal
Live on stage! The host of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me tells us how getting divorced and struggling with depression changed his eating, and why he never mixes running with drinking....

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Searching For Rosa Parks' Pancakes
The civil rights icon's unusual pancake recipe -- with peanut butter in the batter -- offers a glimpse into her personal life and reveals the history of a southern food staple....

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Meat Pies On Broadway!
Can adding food flavors and smells to live theater make it feel more real? We go behind the scenes of a new production of the musical Sweeney Todd to find out....

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Kumail Nanjiani Already Had The Best Taco Of His Life
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....

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We're Back!
Listen to a sneak preview of our upcoming episodes featuring comic Kumail Nanjiani, Rosa Parks's pancakes, a sandwich shop in Syria, and more....

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How A Food Emoji Gets Made
Important news: Our show is going on a brief hiatus. We’ll be back April 17 with an exciting announcement. Please make sure you’re subscribed to this podcast and our newsletter so you don’t miss it! (Newsletter at sporkful.com/newsletter) This week we’re presenting an episode of Food52’s podcast Burnt Toast, in which host Kenzi Wilbur goes on a quest to get a pie emoji made. Check out more episodes of Burnt Toast today!...

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President Obama Eats His Pie Crust First
In our Pi Day Spectacular, former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses reveals the very particular way President Obama eats his pie. Plus, we discuss pi and pie with mathematician Eugenia Cheng and debate the true definition of pie with Evan Kleiman of KCRW's Good Food. 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....

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Is Cereal a Soup?
In this special podcast version of Dan's new animated web video series The Snackdown, he and Food Network's Justin Warner debate a pressing question. Take a side and share The Snackdown with your friends! 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....

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Comic Maeve Higgins Is On The Michael Fassbender Diet
The writer and comedian tells us how she handles meals alone or with a sad friend, and explains why she still feels more Irish than Irish-American. 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....

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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. (Repeat) 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....

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May Contain Nuts Pt. 2: Fear of Food
Is it possible to experience total food joy when you're always afraid that something you eat will make you sick? Our look at life with food allergies continues with Part 2 of our mini-series, May Contain Nuts. 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....

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May Contain Nuts Pt. 1: Alpha Gal Returns
Amy Pearl loved meat -- until a steak almost killed her. We hear her riveting (and hilarious) story, and explore how allergies change your relationship with food and people. This story was originally heard on Radiolab, the second part is a new update, taped after Amy was tested for her allergy again. 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....

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A Very Halal Valentine’s with Taz Ahmed
The co-host of Good Muslim Bad Muslim tells us how to share food without killing the romance, and why she wishes guys she dates would stop trying to out-Muslim her. 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....

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Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge
Conan’s sidekick tells us why he chose a really nice refrigerator over a sports car. And he traces his issues with weight back to a childhood ice cream outing with his grandmother. 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....

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Is It OK To Save Seats In A Crowded Restaurant?
Is it OK to claim your seat before you get your food in a busy restaurant? In a world where there just aren't enough tables to go around, is there a way to serve the greater good while maximizing your own restaurant experience? Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats joins Dan to take a call from a listener. 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....

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What Rock Star Sammy Hagar and Chef Jacques Pepin Have In Common
Dan eats fresh mozzarella with the former Van Halen frontman and drinks beer out of paper cups with the legendary French chef. It turns out neither of these guys is who you think they are. (Repeat) 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....

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The Great Office Coffee Election
We follow one woman’s quest to get better coffee in her office, a process that culminates in a companywide taste test. Plus we ask experts whether caffeine actually makes us more productive. 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....

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Raina One Year Later
Last year Dan spoke with a young woman who was on the verge of developing an eating disorder. This week he speaks with her again to see how she's doing one year later. 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....

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The Restaurateur Who Got Rid Of Tipping
Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer explains why tipping is a hoax, which questions his servers aren't allowed to ask, and how his dad's bankruptcies affected his approach to business. 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....

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New Year's Food Resolutions 2017
Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what they resolve to eat more of in the new year. Plus we replay one of our weirdest, favoritest shows from 2016. 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....

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Special Delivery
We deliver food to elderly New Yorkers who can't shop or cook for themselves, and talk with them about the role food plays in their lives today. 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....

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When Is It OK To Send Food Back?
If the food at a restaurant just isn’t your taste, should you send it back? A father and daughter disagree, so Dan and Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats weigh in. 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....

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This Puerto Rican Eggnog Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad
We talk with coquito masters in Harlem and a moonshiner in the Bronx to learn about the holiday drink that’s the centerpiece of a Puerto Rican Christmas celebration. (Repeat) 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....

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Padma Lakshmi Was An Ice Cream Mule
The Top Chef host talks about food memories from her childhood in India, the challenges of straddling two cultures, and the judgments people make about her body and her brains. 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....

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Who Eats A Bag Of Dried Mango On The Couch?
Are some foods meant for snacking on-the-go and others for snacking at home? Or is one of the pleasures of adulthood living without rules? A couple can't agree. Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt take their call and issue a verdict. 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....

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A Trunk Full Of Truffles
We follow a young truffle dealer as he hustles his way across New York City selling white truffles out of a styrofoam cooler in his car for thousands of dollars a pop. Then we try to figure out why people pay so much for this funky fungus. 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....

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Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)
Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells of a lovesick turkey, and we call Butterball’s hotline for life advice. (Repeat) 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....

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Alton Brown Eats Eggs Over The Sink In His Underwear
Food Network star Alton Brown nerds out Sporkful style on everything from scrambled eggs to popcorn. Plus he talks about how his divorce last year changed the way he cooks and eats. 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....

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The Cat, The Mother-in-Law, And The Pie
A Sporkful listener tells of an epic battle over Thanksgiving pie between her mother-in-law and her cat. 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....

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Finding A Good Meal In A War Zone
A group of Marines sets off into the desert with nothing but a compass and a rumor to go on. What they find changes them forever. For Veterans Day, we bring you vets' stories of unforgettable meals on the front lines -- from fishing with grenades in WWII to bartering with Girl Scout cookies in Iraq. (Repeat) 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....

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New Jersey's Pork Roll-Taylor Ham Wars
What is this iconic food? Why is it so important to the people of New Jersey? And why can't they stop fighting about it? We talk with comic Chris Gethard, a pork roll historian, and many others to find out. 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....

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Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 4: Why Comic W. Kamau Bell Doesn't Wear Hoodies To Restaurants
The comedian reflects on his personal experiences with race as a restaurant customer, including the pros and cons of dining out when you're in an interracial marriage. (This is Part Four of our series, Who Is This Restaurant For? For the best listening experience, please check out Part One first.) 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....

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Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 3: One Sign In Arabic, Another In English
How do restaurants appeal to very different groups of customers at the same time? We continue our exploration of race, culture, food, and the signals restaurants send. 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....

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Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 2: Looking The Part
What judgments do we make about a restaurant's food based on how the people working there look? (This is Part Two of our series, Who Is This Restaurant For? For the best listening experience, please check out Part One first.) 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....

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Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 1: Us vs. Them
When you walk into a restaurant, you’re bombarded with signals that tell you what kind of place it is. But what happens when those signals bring certain people in, and keep others out? This is Part One of a special series on race, culture and food called, Who Is This Restaurant For? This week we'll explore the different messages sent in restaurants to try to understand how they're interpreted and what they tell us about larger questions of race and culture. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the ...

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Other People's Food Pt. 5: Your Mom's Crappy Casserole
Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around.  In Episode 5, Artist Ashok Kondabolu and comedian Michelle Buteau join us live on stage. They grew up in immigrant families, straddling food cultures and they have very different opinions on the line between assimilation and appropriation, but they agree on one thing: It's personal. (Repeat) Please subscribe to ...

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Other People's Food Pt. 4: Rosie Perez ≠ Rice And Beans
Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around. In Episode 4 we hang with Rosie Perez. The actress says she's fed up with stereotypes of her and her food. And she tells the story of eating in Puerto Rico for the first time and thinking, "This is me." (Repeat) Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Da...

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Other People's Food Pt. 3: The Order That Changed The World
Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around. In Episode 3, we explore a famous civil rights protest involving food. Joe McNeil's order at a segregated lunch counter in 1960 changed the way Americans eat forever. We met him for lunch to discuss his historic protest -- and the finer points of apple pie. (Repeat) Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or t...

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Other People's Food Pt. 2: What's 'Poor People's Food?'
Ahead of the launch of a new series on race, culture and food called Who Is This Restaurant For? we’re repeating our series Other People’s Food, in case you missed part of it the first time around. Why are we willing to pay more for Italian and Japanese food than Chinese and Mexican? As we find out in Episode 2, it has nothing to do with the ingredients. (Repeat) 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 ...

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Other People's Food Pt. 1: White Chef, Mexican Food
Ahead of a new series on race, culture, and food, we're repeating Other People's Food. What happens when people cook food from a culture that's not their own? Celebrity chef Rick Bayless opens up about the pros and cons of cultural exchange. (Repeat) 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....

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Should Potato Salad Be Called A Salad? (with Kenji Lopez-Alt)
When a high school student calls in to discuss the true meaning of salad, Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt find themselves on opposing sides of another debate. 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....

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Mo Rocca's Ravioli Free Association
Humorist and Cooking Channel host Mo Rocca gets deep on ravioli – from Chef Boyardee to his grandma's recipe to what he calls "the Kenny G of ravioli." Plus, Mo and Dan debate Latin grammar, and Mo tells us about a meal that almost killed him. (Repeat) 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....

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The Woman With A Keg In Her Coat Closet
A champion homebrewer schools us in the science of beer and tells us how she deals with guys who question whether she really knows her stuff. Plus the women behind the Bitch Beer blog help us pair beers with weather forecasts. 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....

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Live: Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington Doesn't Drink Coffee
The podcast host tells us how a mishap in a grocery store in Japan made him a tea drinker for life. And he shares his childhood memories of food in a rural Michigan cult. Live on stage from Chicago! 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....

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Beyond Pot Brownies (with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad)
We explore the science of weed-infused foods with a French pastry chef and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad. We’ll tell you how it tastes, how it makes us feel, and what happens when you eat too way, way much of it. (Repeat) 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....

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Is This Pizza Worth Waiting For?
We visit a legendary pizzeria with a famously long line, then talk to scientists to try to figure out whether waiting to eat makes our food taste better -- or worse. 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. Check out this week's episode of Freakonomics to hear Dan and host Stephen Dubner talk about the economics of long lines....

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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.) (Repeat) 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....

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Are BYO Meat BBQs OK? (with Nerdette and Dinner Party Download)
We debate your questions about summer BBQ etiquette with Brendan and Rico from The Dinner Party Download and Greta and Tricia from the Nerdette podcast. Live on stage from Chicago!  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....

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Comic Phoebe Robinson On Interracial Eating
The comedian and co-host of 2 Dope Queens tells us what it’s like to go out to eat when you’re in an interracial relationship and who should pay on a first date. 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....

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When A Tamale Determines The Presidency
Former presidential candidates tell us what it's really like to eat while campaigning. And we explore famous election food gaffes, including one that may have decided the presidency. 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....

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Jim Gaffigan Lies To His Kids About Food
The food-obsessed comic discusses eating with his five children, navigating birthday parties and buffets, his dad's steaks, and when it's OK to lie to your kids. Plus he explains why he's the Jean-Claude Van Damme of eating on television. (Repeat) 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....

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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. 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....

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Breaking The Ramadan Fast With Chicken Pot Pie
A Muslim mom in Michigan tells us why cooking helps her get through her Ramadan fast, and Dan talks with two Syrian refugees spending their first Ramadan in the US. Then Dan shares an iftar meal with a Muslim taxi driver speeding through New York City. 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....

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Burgers Of The Future (Cow Not Included)
We explore the future of carnivorousness -- from meat grown in labs to veggie burgers that really bleed to the hybrid car of burgers. 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....

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When Weight Loss Surgery Is Like A Bad Breakup
Nikki didn't really understand her relationship with food until she could barely eat anything. Now her kids are struggling to accept her new diet. 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....

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Weird Al Enjoys A Lasagna Massage
Weird Al dissects his many food songs, from “My Balogna” to “Eat It,” “The White Stuff” and more. Plus, he explains why he always questions authority—except when he’s cooking. (Repeat with new material)  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....

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The Agony And Ecstasy Of School Lunch
Everyone remembers school lunch. We talk to Sporkful listeners and a group of fifth graders about the meals and experiences that changed them forever -- for better or worse. 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....

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Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi Is A Human Turducken
The actor and writer 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. 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....

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A Couple Divided By OCD And Leftovers (with Kenji Lopez-Alt)
Two couples call in to settle longstanding food disputes. But are these marital spats really just about leftovers and dessert? Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt, author of The Food Lab cookbook, get to the bottom of it. 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....

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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. 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....

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Meet A Southern Baptist Matzoh Expert
Ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, the man who runs one of the biggest matzoh factories in the world schools us on the science behind these excellent crackers. Then Dan debates kosher law with a rabbi. (Repeat) 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....

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Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain
The founder of America’s Test Kitchen hates celebrations and says pleasure's annoying. He explains why he thinks cooking isn't about either, and how he got this way. 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....

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Serial Parody: Investigating An Office Fridge Theft
It’s Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found. And Heather’s life will never be the same. In this tribute to the hit podcast Serial we investigate a shocking true story of office fridge food theft. (Repeat) 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....

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Other People's Food Pt. 5: Your Mom's Crappy Casserole
Artist Ashok Kondabolu and comedian Michelle Buteau grew up in immigrant families, straddling food cultures. They have different opinions on the line between assimilation and appropriation, but they agree on one thing: It's personal. 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....

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Other People's Food Pt. 4: Rosie Perez ≠ Rice And Beans
The actress says she's fed up with stereotypes of her and her food. And she tells the story of eating in Puerto Rico for the first time and thinking, "This is me." 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....

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Other People's Food Pt. 3: The Order That Changed The World
Joe McNeil's order at a segregated lunch counter in 1960 changed the way Americans eat forever. We met him for lunch to discuss his historic protest -- and the finer points of apple pie. 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....

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Other People's Food Pt. 2: What's 'Poor People's Food?'
Nicole Taylor went through a phase where she rejected the soul food she grew up with. She called it all "slave food." Truth is, we all make judgments about what food is for which people, whether or not we realize it. Why are we willing to pay more for Italian and Japanese food than Chinese and Mexican? As we find out in this week's show, it has nothing to do with the ingredients. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram ...

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Other People's Food Pt. 1: White Chef, Mexican Food
What happens when people cook food from a culture that's not their own? Celebrity chef Rick Bayless opens up about the pros and cons of cultural exchange. 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....

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Other People's Food: Trailer
What can we learn about how we perceive culture and race by talking about food? That's the first of many questions we'll be asking next week, when we kick off our special series "Other People's Food." 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....

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Dining Out In A Wheelchair
Dan goes out to eat with WNYC's John Hockenberry and a blogger who calls himself "The Disabled Foodie" to find out about the less obvious challenges of navigating a restaurant when you're in a wheelchair. Plus YouTube star Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy, tells us how he deals with people who offer him help that he doesn’t need. (Repeat) 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/Sporkfu...

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A Priest Walks Into A Bar
What do a great bartender and a great priest have in common? We ask a Catholic priest who moonlights as a mixologist. Plus, Dan revisits a beloved pub from his past to find out what makes a great bar. 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....

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Are Green Beans Finger Food?
A married couple calls in to debate whether to make their kids eat green beans with silverware. But like so many marital disputes, this one isn't really about green beans. 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....

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Is Michael Pollan Misunderstood?
The leader of the farm-to-table movement loves Cracker Jacks, hates questions about GMO's, and says no one invites him to dinner. He just wants people to chill out about food. But are his followers missing his message? 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....

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Bonus: Should Bagels Ever Be Toasted?
Is the toaster the enemy of good bagels, a friend to bad ones, or both? Dan moderates this debate live on WNYC radio with Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt, Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman, and listener calls. 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....

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Pho The Love Of Slurping Noodles
Chef Charles Phan shows us the right way to eat Vietnamese pho. Then we take a deep dive into the science of soup slurping with a researcher who studies the mechanics of eating. 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....

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Calls: Is It OK To Eat All Your Popcorn Before The Movie Starts?
The Sporkful Family Food Court is back in session. A husband and wife debate when to eat movie popcorn, and a mother and daughter argue over whether eating salad dressing makes you an adult.  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....

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Dumpling Architecture: Redesigning Lunar New Year
Writer (and iconoclast) Jiayang Fan argues that dumplings are overrated. Can a group of architects improve the design of Lunar New Year’s beloved comfort food? Plus Jiayang talks about her confusion upon coming to the US from China and finding that Americans like “the most zestless part of any animal.” 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....

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Live: Is Sparkling Water Actually Water?
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! 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....

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Why You Should Listen To Your Food
When potato chips make a louder crunch, people think they taste better. Changing the background music can make chocolate taste sweeter. And you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly by the sound they make. Find out why and hear (and taste) the difference for yourself in this week's show! 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....

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Margaret Cho's Always Been 'Hollywood Obese'
The comedian's eating disorder nearly killed her. This week on The Sporkful, she offers advice to a teenage listener who may be heading down the same path. But will it help? 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....

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Bonus: The Very First Sporkful Ever
In honor of The Sporkful's sixth anniversary, we're re-releasing our first episode ever, in which Dan and former co-host Mark Garrison debate all things ice cubes. 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. (Repeat with new material)...

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Canadian Food Invasion! With Comic Ophira Eisenberg and Chef Matty Matheson
Poutine is flooding across America's northern border! But what's so great about fries, gravy, and cheese curds? Two proud Canadians -- Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another, The Moth) and Matty Matheson (Vice's Keep It Canada) -- school us in their home and native land (and its food). 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....

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Ring In The New Year With A Beer In The Shower
We reveal the foods we resolve to eat more of next year and replay our favorite episode from 2015. If you've ever sipped a beer in the shower, this one's for you. (Repeat with new material) 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....

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Live: Perfecting The 140-Character Restaurant Review (with Mimi Sheraton)
The famously opinionated restaurant critic takes questions from Sporkful listeners on latte foam preservation, carrot stick-to-dip ratio, and when in a meal to take the best bite. Taped live on stage at the Bell House in Brooklyn.  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....

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Food Science Smackdown: The Food Lab vs. The Sporkful
Serious Eats food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt challenges some of Dan's eating innovations, then Sporkful listeners challenge Kenji with their own questions. Can The Sporkful stump Kenji? 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....

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Vegan Divorce + Potato Pancake Diplomacy
Sometimes food bridges divides, other times it creates them. This week listeners call in to share stories of food and in-laws. Emma wooed her wife's Christian family with Hanukkah potato pancakes, but Erin's in-laws shunned her vegan diet. 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....

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Coming Out At Christmas With My Drunk Kitchen’s Hannah Hart
The YouTube star talks about coming out to herself and her family, why throwing parties makes her anxious, and how you know you're too drunk to cook. 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....

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Live: John Hodgman v. Dan Pashman: Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?
This long-running feud comes to a head live on stage, with WNYC's Brooke Gladstone moderating. It's like a presidential debate, but with more dignity. NOTE FROM DAN: The largest share of The Sporkful's funding comes from YOU. If you want our show to keep going and growing, please support us today. We'll thank you with a limited edition poster from the hot dog sandwich debate, signed by John Hodgman, Brooke Gladstone, and me! Donate here: http://bit.ly/1OqqsgL. And thank you! Please subscribe to this podcast...

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What Rock Star Sammy Hagar and Chef Jacques Pepin Have In Common
Dan eats fresh mozzarella with the former Van Halen frontman and drinks beer out of paper cups with the legendary French chef. It turns out neither of these guys is who you think they are. 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....

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The Turkey Who Loved My Wife
Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells the story of a turkey that put the moves on his wife, we learn how NOT to make dessert with On The Media's Brooke Gladstone, and we find out what happens when people ask a Butterball Turkey Lady to mediate a family dispute. (Repeat) 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....

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Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)
Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family at the holidays, the NY Times’ Sam Sifton rails against appetizers at Thanksgiving, and Kenji Lopez-Alt talks turkey science. (Repeat) 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....

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Semper Delicious: Eating In A War Zone
For Veterans Day, we bring you vets' stories of unforgettable meals on the front lines -- from fishing with grenades in WWII to bartering with Girl Scout cookies in Iraq.  Plus a group of Marines sets off into the dessert with nothing but a compass and a rumor to go on. What they find changes them forever. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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A Very Trini Punjabi Diwali (with DJ Rekha)
We cook up a Diwali feast with a Trinidadian mother and daughter and discuss straddling cultures with the Indian-American DJ who introduced a blend of hip hop and Punjabi folk music to the club scene. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Sunny Anderson: From Army Brat To Food Network Star
The TV host and best-selling author discusses growing up on Army bases all over the world, her own time in the Air Force, and the foods she ate along the way -- from blood sausage to bibimbap to Spam.Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Do Places Make Smaller Sandwiches For Women?
In this special Sporkful investigation, Dan and Slate's Laura "L.V." Anderson order sandwiches around New York City to find out whether sandwich sexism is real.   Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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When A Pancake Is More Than A Pancake
Sporkful listeners call in for Dan's advice on family food feuds. Matt in Ohio can't abide his brother's non-traditional pancake toppings, and Chloe and Jason in Baltimore need help settling a serious cookie conflict. But it turns out these domestic disputes are really about love. And also pancakes and cookies.   Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Comic Ron Funches' Autistic Son Loves Oreos With Bacon
The popular comedian talks about the glory of popcorn with Raisinets, his efforts to eat healthier, and the frustrations of getting his autistic son to do the same. Plus he explains why starting out in comedy is a lot like learning to cook. (Repeat) Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Marc Maron's Drug of Choice Is Sausage Gravy And Biscuits
WTF host Marc Maron and Dan have been arguing about eating for over a decade. This week they discuss food shame and eating disorders, then debate the merits of melon balls and whether the high from eating sausage gravy is worth the sadness that follows. (Repeat) Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Calls: A Root Beer Float To Cure The Cancer Blues
Lilly and her father Chris disagree on the best way to make root beer floats, but they're on the same page when it comes to this classic treat's restorative powers.  Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Dining Out In A Wheelchair
Dan goes out to eat with WNYC's John Hockenberry and a blogger who calls himself "The Disabled Foodie" to find out about the less obvious challenges of navigating a restaurant when you're in a wheelchair. Plus YouTube star Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy, tells us how he deals with people who offer him help that he doesn’t need.Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Kids' (Possibly) Brilliant Culinary Creations
Kids pitch Dan and Hillary Frank (Longest Shortest Time) their innovative food concoctions. Turns out, some of them sound pretty delicious. But is the world ready for peanut butter hot dogs and chili milkshakes? Plus, Dan and Hillary share delicious and disgusting food stories from their own childhoods.Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Calls: Which Enchilada Shape Is Most Delicious?
Two Sporkful listeners call in to debate the best way to make enchiladas: flat (lasagna style) or rolled. Can Dan's advice restore peace and save Enchilada Party Night?  Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Belgian Waffles: The Rise, Fall, And Redemption
At the 1964 New York World's Fair, Belgian waffles were introduced to America. They became a sensation. But a half century later, the woman who sold those waffles says her family's legacy has been co-opted. She joins Dan to share her memories of that World's Fair, and to explain why her mother still blames her father for everything that went wrong.  Plus, we introduce her to an innovative, young waffle-maker who’s shaking things up. Can they find common ground?  (Repeat) Please subscribe to this podcast in ...

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Calls: Ice Cream Sandwiches In The Shower?
Shower beers have long been a delicious, easy way to pamper yourself. But some Sporkful listeners take shower drinking -- and eating -- to a whole new level. Dan takes calls on how to pair your beer with your shower, how to eat an ice cream sandwich in the shower, and the best shower soup ever. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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Spoon The Band On Spoon The Utensil (Live from Chicago Pt. 2)
Live on stage from Chicago! The band Spoon discusses their post-show microwave popcorn ritual, and one member admits he sometimes thinks about pizza while performing. Plus a mathematician slices a bagel into a Mobius strip, an opera singer performs an aria about donuts, and members of an improv comedy group discuss summer food festival eating strategy.Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode!Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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The REAL Sausage King of Chicago (Live from Chicago Pt. 1)
Live on stage from Chicago! Hot Doug explains why he turned down millions and closed his famous sausage shop. Plus, filmmaker and food writer Kevin Pang talks about his documentary, For Grace, about Chef Curtis Duffy, one of the top chefs in the world. And Curtis joins us to discuss his journey to the top, and to reveal his favorite candy. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode!Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful....

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