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Mission: ImPASTAble 2 | Slanting The Floors

Dan seeks inspiration for the design of his new pasta shape, a process that includes an epic pasta tasting and a chat...

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Mission: ImPASTAble 1 | Spaghetti Sucks

Spaghetti doesn’t hold sauce. Angel hair goes from zero to mush. Wagon wheels are gimmicks. These are just a...

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Mission: ImPASTAble Trailer

For the last three years, Dan has been on a quest to invent a new pasta shape, actually get it made, and actually...

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Are All Vodkas The Same?

Putting our own homemade vodka to the test... Dan’s friend Alex Goldmark insists that cheap vodka makes his...

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The Sporkful Dating Game!

It’s not for foodies, it’s for lovers… Could listening to The Sporkful be the fertile soil out of...

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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Eat Differently Now

Cauliflower rice biryani anyone?… When Kumail Nanjiani was cast as a Marvel superhero, he decided to transform...

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Celebrating Other People’s Holidays

Plus, a surprising new update… Do you drink a Guinness on St. Patrick's Day, even though you're not Irish? Do...

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Men Have Eating Disorders, Too. Why Don’t They Seek Help?

Three personal stories about an overlooked problem…Public discussions about eating disorders tend to focus on...

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Julián Castro On Nachos And Government

And why hunger in America became partisan… When Julián Castro sought the Democratic nomination for...

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Free Ice Cream For Science!

The laws of gastrophysics at work… How do background music, the shape of a spoon, and your DNA affect your...

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This Food Stylist Is Bringing More Compassion To The Kitchen

And the importance of representation in food photography… Elle Simone Scott once said that a food...

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New Year’s Food Resolutions 2021

What foods do Sporkful listeners resolve to eat more of in the new year, and why? And what’s Dan’s New...

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The Fruitcake That Wouldn't Die

Our gift recommendations…Fruitcake has long been the butt of jokes, an inedible brick that people receive...

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Two Books For The Food Science Nerd In Your Life

Do roses really smell like poo-poo-oo?... From tortilla chips to tree bark, from fancy cheese to toe cheese,...

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LeVar Burton Even Reads Recipes Dramatically

Plus, dishing on Patrick Stewart’s weird lunches… You may think you know LeVar Burton. After starring in...

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A Writer Who Finds His Characters Through Their Food

Bryan Washington on how meals can fill silence… In Bryan Washington’s acclaimed debut novel, Memorial,...

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Hitting The Texas Taco Trail With José Ralat

Why Tex-Mex is just as legit as Mexican food…José Ralat’s job at Texas Monthly magazine is so...

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Can Jelly Donuts Be Fixed?

Listeners call in with food issues… The perimeter of a jelly donut is devoid of fruity goodness, while the...

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Samin Nosrat And Hrishikesh Hirway Are Just Here For The Cookies

Is the ideal cookie chewy, crispy, or crunchy?... Earlier this year, “Salt Fat Acid Heat” author Samin...

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Spicy Doritos And How Foods Become American

And why some make the transition faster than others….Over the years on The Sporkful, Dan has explored an idea...

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