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Mission: ImPASTAble 5 | A Shape Is Born

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Mar 18, 2021
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(This is part 5 of Mission: ImPASTAble, the final episode in our series. If you haven't listened to the previous episodes yet, start with Part 1!)

After months of revisions, Dan thinks he’s got his shape. But he’s been working on this for so long, he’s not sure he knows what’s good anymore. So he brings in an all-star panel of taste testers, including Sohla El-Waylly, Francis Lam, Dorie Greenspan, Christopher Kimball, Claire Saffitz, Jet Tila, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Then J. Kenji López-Alt, Justin Warner, and Samin Nosrat help Dan pick a name for his shape before, finally, it’s production day! 

The shape is on sale right now through Sfoglini!

Want to see photos and videos from Dan’s journey? Follow @thesporkful on Instagram!

Here's Dan and his die, united at last at Sfoglini!

This episode features:

Evan Kleiman, host of the radio show and podcast Good Food

Sfoglini pasta company

Chris Maldari of the pasta die manufacturer D. Maldari & Sons

Laurel Sutton, senior strategist and linguist at Catchword

Italians Mad At Food

Andrea Nguyen's recipe for Mapo Tofu Spaghetti (NYT)

This episode contains explicit language.

Original theme music by Andrea Kristinsdottir. Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

"Lucky Strike" by Erick Anderson

"The Cantina" by Erick Anderson

"The Big Swank" by Ken Brahmstedt

"Loud" by Bira

"De Splat" by Paul Fonfara

"Marimba Feels Good" by Stephen Sullivan

"The Cosmos" by Jack Ventimiglia

"Clean" by J.T. Bates

"Small Talk" by Hayley Briasco

Photo courtesy of Dan Pashman.

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