The Splendid Table

26 EpisodesProduced by American Public Media

American Public Media's The Splendid Table is public radio's culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Francis Lam leads listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions wit… read more

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651: Eating in the Instagram Era

February 15th, 2019

We look at food and identity through the lenses of social media, Instant Pot/multicookers, social protest, rediscovered roots, and shopping behavior

The Power of Scent

February 12th, 2019

Artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel uses her deep knowledge of essential oils to reveal the secret life of scent in creative cooking.

677: Do We All Eat the Same?

February 8th, 2019

We look at foods that connect us, the loss of lunchtime, the culture of insect eating, and a burger that is not served your way.

650: The Art of the Sandwich

February 1st, 2019

Turning the sandwich, a workday workhorse, into a work of art

History of Sauces

January 29th, 2019

Food historian Maryann Tebben discusses the past, present and future of sauces.

676: Daily Bread

January 25th, 2019

From biscuits to bagels, Ethiopian injera to Nordic flatbreads, we explore some of the great breads baked worldwide.

649: Behind the Restaurant

January 18th, 2019

The complicated community of restaurants and their people.

Green Soup for the Winter Blues

January 15th, 2019

Long, gray winter got you down? Find some seasonal relief in this warm, colorful soup recipe from Anna Thomas.

675: The Food of Thailand

January 11th, 2019

Explore the regional flavors of Thailand and learn why there are so many Thai restaurants in the U.S. Plus, lessons on curry paste and coconut milk.

647: Mexican Food in America

January 4th, 2019

Jorge Gaviria on tortillas, Steve Alvarez on Mexington, ATK on chilaquiles, Wesley Avila on tacos, Fany Gerson on flan, the importance of Mitla Cafe

Chefs, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll

January 1st, 2019

Food writer Andrew Friedman celebrates the free spirits and misfits who started the the American restaurant revolution.

674: Hanging Out with Mike Solomonov

December 28th, 2018

Francis Lam and renowned chef Michael Solomonov get to the soul of Israeli food, swap disaster stories and tag team calls from listeners.

644: The Power of Invitation

December 21st, 2018

Carla Capalbo on Georgian supra, Justin Spring on pot au feu, America's Test Kitchen's favorite kitchen tools, and the positive power of invitation

Eating Italy: A Holiday Menu

December 18th, 2018

Italian food expert Jack Bishop (America’s Test Kitchen) takes us to Italy with an authentic holiday menu featuring six regionally inspired dishes.

673: How Chefs Holiday at Home

December 14th, 2018

Bring on the holidays with dishes from chefs Matty Matheson, Christina Tosi and Victor Albisu. Plus, the story of the ultimate golden gift.

630: Recipes: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

December 7th, 2018

Samin Nosrat on acid balance, Emily Kaiser Thelin on Paula Wolfert, America's Test Kitchen on cooking with cannabis, Tom Scocca on caramelized onions

Best in Show Cookies

December 4th, 2018

As a food writer and cookie contest coordinator Rick Nelson has seen and tasted thousands of cookie recipes. He shares some of his favorites with us.

672: Holiday Warm-Up

November 30th, 2018

We prepare for the holidays with stuffed potato pancakes, Indian American comfort food, and some great reasons to drink Champagne.

642: The Sioux Chef

November 23rd, 2018

Sean Sherman on indigenous kitchens, Dorie Greenspan on butter, America's Test Kitchen on pumpkin pie spice, Liz O'Keefe on mushrooms

Turkey Confidential 2018

November 22nd, 2018

Our Thanksgiving 2018 call-in show hosted by Francis Lam with guests Dorie Greenspan, Pati Jinich, Samin Nosrat & Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Lynne's Twists on Thanksgiving Side Dishes

November 20th, 2018

Lynne Rossetto Kasper shares many wonderful ideas for adding new flavors to traditional Thanksgiving sides.

671: Carla Hall’s Soul Food Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2018

Get ready for Thanksgiving with a soul food menu, game-changing gravy technique, fixes for dessert disasters, and an epic lesson on pumpkin pie.

643: Thanksgiving 2017

November 9th, 2018

Indian-spiced Thanksgiving, Emma Christensen on hard cider, ATK's Thanksgiving hacks, The Mash-Up Americans, Doc Willoughby's heirloom pot roast

Unexpected Wines from Unexpected Places

November 6th, 2018

Wine expert Madeline Puckette uncorks a selection of unique wines that are both quaffable and affordable.

670: René Redzepi – Fermentation, Inspiration and the Balance of Life

November 2nd, 2018

Chef René Redzepi on how fermentation is the future of great cooking, Noma's global influence, and his work/life balance.

641: Gail Simmons's Key 3

October 26th, 2018

The Key 3 with Gail Simmons, Michael Harlan Turkell on vinegar, America's Test Kitchen on sous vide, and Tejal Rao on oysters and love.
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