The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman examines the art of making people wait for their food.

What’s the Ideal Waiting Time Before a Meal?

What’s the Ideal Waiting Time Before a Meal?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 12 2016 7:31 PM

Your Food Will Be Ready When You Look Hungry Enough

Dan Pashman from The Sporkful compares the long lines of a legendary pizza place in Brooklyn and an exalted sausage joint in Chicago. Does a long wait enhance a meal?

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A regular pie from Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn.

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If you had to engineer the perfect wait time for a meal, how would you do it? On The Gist, Dan Pashman explains the art of anticipation as applied to food. Pashman is the host of WNYC’s The Sporkful. Check out his show’s new series on food, race, and culture: “Who Is This Restaurant For?

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.