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Book Release Show: Rachel Maddow, Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich and Slate’s Julia Turner

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Oct 13, 2014

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Well friends, the day is finally here! After three years of work on a book, five years of work on The Sporkful, and 37 years of work as an Eater, I'm pleased to announce the publication of Eat More Better: How To Make Every Bite More Delicious! (Order your copy now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, IndieBound, or Books-A-Million. Then get your free signed bookplate sticker.)

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pretty damn proud of this book. It's based on the premise that you only get so many bites in life, so you should make each one as delicious as possible. And it's set up as a tongue-in-cheek textbook that teaches you to do just that, with 120 illustrations by Alex Eben Meyer like this one, which shows you the heightened risk of cheek mess that comes with biting into the hypotenuse of a right triangle half sandwich:

sandwich bite

This book is the first textbook in the history of Sporkful University, motto: Masticate, Ruminate, Promulgate. Here's our kickass seal:

sporkful university seal

This week on The Sporkful podcast we're featuring three deep thinkers (and Eaters) who are also featured in the book:

-- I argue with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow over whether you're supposed to eat the olive in a martini.

-- Radiolab's Robert Krulwich discusses sandwich science, namely force = mass x acceleration. In other words, how do you build a sandwich so that the force of the bite doesn't cause the mass of the sandwich to accelerate lapward? Plus, when you have a right triangle half sandwich like the one above, is it better to take the first bite from the hypotenuse or an acute angle?

-- Slate's Julia Turner and I debate the merits of short vs. long pastas and designate some shapes for the trash heap. Spoiler alert: You're going down, wagon wheel!

Enjoy the show friends, and thank you as always for making The Sporkful community what it is!

Music in this episode by BWN Music:

- "Mother Tucker" by Steve Pierson
- "Bunyan's Bunion" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
- "Pumpkin Face" by Jack Ventimiglia
- "Odd Ball" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

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