We originally featured The Sporkful in the 1/20/2017 Scout Report. The Sporkful now includes a spinoff series, "Ask Mimi," which features advice from the celebrated food critic Mimi Sheraton, and it was the 2018 winner of the James Beard Award for Best Food Podcast.
Online since 2009, The Sporkful is the creation of Dan Pashman, presented in partnership with NPR-affiliate WNYC. The tagline for The Sporkful is "it's not for foodies, it's for eaters," and it can be consumed in a variety of ways (all calorie-free), as long as you only partake of the digital versions. Visitors can head for the website to browse and listen to the approximately 30-minute podcasts there. One recent episode "follow[s] Cincinnati chili from Sri Lanka to Greece to the American Midwest," while a shorter bonus episode talks to dairy farmer Katie Dotterer-Pyle about "why all her cows wear FitBits." Readers can subscribe via most podcast platforms, and of course, there's a WNYC app that features The Sporkful. The website also links to videos by Pashman, such as "Behold the ORIGINAL Veggieducken, Your Meatless Thanksgiving Centerpiece Dish," a video portrait of a dish created by Pashman using winter squash, leeks, and sweet potatoes, so that vegetarians would have "a large, time-consuming, centerpiece-worthy dish to prepare at the holidays."