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.
As we head into holiday travel season, it's time to cover tips, strategies, and techniques for airplane and airport eating that at least make the experience a little less demoralizing, and occasionally actually delicious. Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Thanksgiving is the one day when we’re all competitive eaters, so for the annual Thanksgiving show, Dan sits down with Tim “Eater X” Janus, the second-ranked competitive eater in the world. Eater X discusses why competitive eating is a sport, what happens to his stomach after contests, how he taught himself to love hot dogs, the problem of cheating on the circuit, the economics of competitive eating as a job, and the importance of good dental care. Finally, he offers Eaters everywhere a Thanksgiving Day pep talk.
Slate's Julia Turner joins Dan to discuss the merits of short vs. long pastas, which shapes should be eliminated, and the best ways to get different shapes into your mouth, including the controversial question of whether short pastas are better eaten with a spoon. Get more food fun when you Like The Sporkful on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.
Dan covers Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Franken Berry, Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy--available now only in September and October--in The Sporkful's 2013 Halloween episode. He welcomes The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger, who has reported extensively on the monster cereals, as well as Eater Rachel Gonzales, who hoards them during their limited window of availability. For more food fun, Like The Sporkful on Facebook and follow Dan on Twitter.
Comic Todd Barry joins Dan to discuss strategies for dining alone, including what types of restaurants are best, where to sit (table vs. bar), chatting with servers, and the glory of lunch specials. Plus Todd takes The Sporkful Questionnaire. For more deliciousness go to Sporkful.com.
Which is better for chewing, capped or retractable pens? What's the ideal material and circumference? What are some of the most delicious ways to masticate a writing implement? Win Rosenfeld of NowThis News guests for the first ever Sporkful that does not involve digestion. Find more deliciousness and discuss this podcast at Sporkful.com.
Katie Quinn of NowThis News joins Dan to discuss falafel sandwichization, ideal accompaniments, and whether the ball really is the best shape. In the end, they have a revelation about the fundamental meaning of falafel. Find more food fun at Sporkful.com.
Dan mediates a debate between two philosophy professors who are engaged to be married, and who are having an argument about whether a dish the husband-to-be makes qualifies as soup. Then Dan takes a call from a Canadian listener railing against ice cream cake. More at Sporkful.com.