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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654: The Oyster King and the Seagull Test

March 15th, 2019

49:59

Let’s dive into oysters: we’ll talk about how they’re grown, the history of a surprising oyster king, shucking with a pro, and grief in a half shell.

Cooking Scallops

March 12th, 2019

6:50

Molly Birnbaum (America's Test Kitchen) explains that sourcing the right scallop is as important as how you cook it.

679: Four Persian Cooks

March 8th, 2019

49:35

It’s the food of Persia with conversations about fresh herbs, tahdig, a classic fish stew, modern Iranian cuisine, and the Persian pantry.

652: Good News for Chicken & Post-Wildfire Foraging

March 1st, 2019

49:58

Maryn McKenna on Big Chicken, Pascal Baudar on foraging, Barton Seaver on fish, ATK on charred beet salad, Alpana Singh on Master Sommelier exam

Vietnamese Food Any Day

February 26th, 2019

9:02

Best-selling cookbook author Andrea Nguyen weighs in on some surprising ingredients you might not associate with Vietnamese food.

678: Say Cheese!

February 22nd, 2019

49:53

We step behind the scenes at The Cheesemonger Invitational, then go deep into the world of cheese with experts Greselda Powell and Tia Keenan.

651: Eating in the Instagram Era

February 15th, 2019

50:09

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

8:48

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

49:57

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

50:45

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

History of Sauces

January 29th, 2019

8:55

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

676: Daily Bread

January 25th, 2019

50:02

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

50:06

The complicated community of restaurants and their people.

Green Soup for the Winter Blues

January 15th, 2019

6:19

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

50:29

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

50:59

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

17:46

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

50:44

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

51:00

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

10:56

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

49:35

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

49:28

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

10:30

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

49:49

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

49:17

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

1:55:32

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

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