Hear Dan Pashman, "The Sporkful" Creator and Host, Speak On Campus Sept. 24

By Lindsey Piercy

Foodies, mark your calendars! Dan Pashman will be speaking at the University of Kentucky on Monday, September 24. The event titled, "Audio Storytelling in Food and Beyond", is presented by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies.

Food lovers are probably familiar with Pashman. He is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast, The Sporkful. Pasham and his guests often obsess over the details of eating to uncover truths about food and people.

"The Sporkful is one of the best podcasts available today because it's funny, informative and persuasive. It is a major part of the new movement in food writing," Jeff Rice, department chair, said.

The podcast discusses diverse topics, such as the search for a Syrian sandwich, the origins of Cambodian donut shops in California and even taco literacy, a topic developed by a former faculty member at UK who was featured on a recent episode.

Pashman is the host of Cooking Channel's James Beard Award-nominated web-series, You're Eating It Wrong. His expertise also includes writing. Pashman's first book, "Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious", was published in 2014. It weaves science and humor into a definitive, illustrated guidebook for anyone who loves food.

Before starting The Sporkful, Pashman worked as a journalist and producer covering news, politics, music and culture for NPR, Slate, Vanity Fair and the Washington Post.

"Food writing, whether audio, video, digital or in print, has become extremely important. Whether for entertainment, such as Food Network or Top Chef, or for cultural or informative purposes," Rice continued. "This talk will be attractive to diverse audiences."

You can attend the highly anticipated event on September 24 at 2 p.m. at Woodward Hall located in the Gatton College of Business and Economics.


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