Peter Sagal of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me joins Dan to discuss growing up as a fat kid, his opinions on Chicago pizza, grilling the perfect burger, how Courtney Love turned him against melted cheese, and much more. Like The Sporkful on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch videos at Sporkful.com.
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Adam goes into more detail on the life of a restaurant critic, including whether the job makes you jaded, putting yourself in a typical customer's shoes, and the time a waiter at a fancy French restaurant blew Adam's cover.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, New York Magazine Restaurant Critic Adam Platt joins Dan to discuss the best time to eat out, where to sit, ordering strategy, the napkin collar tuck, and Adam's recent decision to shed his restaurant critic's "anonymity." Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Matt tells Dan the story of the invention of the Buffalo wing, Dan attempts to eat a dangerously spicy wing, and Matt describes his own recipe for Buffalo sauce.
Dan talks to Matt Reynolds, director and star of the new documentary comedy The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, about the search for perfection in love and wings. Watch the wings episode of Dan's new web series, You're Eating It Wrong, here.
Dan talks to Greg about how his work on Freezer Burns has affected Greg's wife's perception of frozen foods, Greg expands on his rules for reviews, and Dan continues his rant against California Pizza Kitchen.
Dan talks frozen pizza with Greg Ng, The Frozen Food Master behind FreezerBurns.com. They discuss what you can discern from the packaging, whether more expensive brands are worth it, and how to trick out even the worst frozen pizza. Plus Greg explains why he'll never review Ellio's. Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Dan replays his favorite Sporkful of the year, and issues his annual year-end request for donations. (Support The Sporkful here!) What did dinosaur eggs taste like? In what shape would Jane Austen likely have had her dessert served to her? What does one of the world's leading paleontologists think of the Paleo Diet? How do you get maggots out of boiled sheep in the Gobi Dessert? How do you make ice cream on an uninhabited island in Madagascar in the summer? And how many ancient Aztecs would have had better teeth if they'd learned to eat corn by listening to The Sporkful? Dan gets answers to these questions and many more when he interviews the curators of a special food exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Plus, Dan calls up Deepak Chopra for some guidance on how to get maximum pleasure from meals eaten alone, and Deepak's wisdom leads Dan to experience Total Pizza Awareness.
Dan and Laura discuss idea hash brown and home fry texture in detail.