The Splendid Table is a one-hour culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, The Splendid Table tours new culinary territory, from the vineyards of Provence to the city-street diners of Philadelphia. While doing so, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper uncovers hidden delights, and offers her modern take on getting food to the "splendid table" with cooking tips, recipes, and her own personal advice.
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David Sedaris joins us this week with his stories about family dinner. His latest book is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. We look at an alternative and ancient way to bake -- on the grill -- with Paula Marcoux, author of Cooking with Fire, and learn the art of pairing beer with cheese from Steve Jones, owner of Cheese Bar in Portland, Oregon.
We're learning to eat on the cheap with Christopher Greenslate and Kerri Leonard, authors of On A Dollar A Day. The Sterns have found first-rate tidewater seafood at Sting Rays in Cape Charles, VA. And Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger, A Life on the Wedge explains the intersection of punk rock and cheesemaking.
This week irrepressible foodie Nora Ephron joins us with observations on life and America's food scene. She is author of the best-selling I Feel Bad About My Neck. Jane and Michael Stern are eating all things kosher at Chutpah in Fairfax, Virginia, and pleasure activist Fred Plotkin takes us on a road trip to Vienna.
We learn some unconventional grilling techniques this week from Adam Perry Lang, author of Charred and Scruffed. Travel & Leisure magazine's Peter Jon Lindberg reports on the affordable food scene in Hawaii, and food scientist Harold McGee brings us some surprising news about the best way to thaw frozen meat.
We are looking at mindfulness in the kitchen this week with Dan Harris, best-selling author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help that Actually Works -- A True Story. We talk to the Martha Stewart of Australia, Donna Hay, chef Ronna Welsh tells us how to reduce waste in the kitchen, and the Sterns fill us in on Arkansas fried pies.
This week is a road trip to New Orleans. Guests include Leah Chase of the legendary Dooky Chase's Restaurant; journalist Lolis Eric Elie; WWNO's Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats!; and mixologist Chris McMillian. Plus, Jane and Michael Stern escort us around the annual Roadfood Festival.
This week we're looking at the last of the world's wild foods, fish with Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish. We get some outside the box thinking on how deal with small kitchen and dining spaces from Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, author of Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small Cool Spaces. Jane and Michael Stern have found first-rate baked goods at Waves of Grain Bakery in Canon Beach, OR.
Amy Sedaris is stopping by with some gift-giving help from her hilarious new book, Simple Times, Crafts For Poor People. Jane and Michael Stern are at Hartley's Pork Pies in Fall River, MA, and Mexican cook Fany Gerson introduces us to the unusual sweets of Mexico with her book My Sweet Mexico.
Mario Batali joins us with his ode to the American farmer, America Farm to Table. We talk about the cider-drinking trend with Amy Traverso, author of The Apple Lover's Cookbook, the Sterns give us a tutorial on Canada's poutine, and we learn to make a ginger bug with Jennifer McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen.
We take a look at the specialty coffee movement with Michaele Weissman author of God in a Cup. Britain's Diana Henry, author of Food from Plenty: Good Food Made from the Plentiful, the Seasonal and the Leftover with Over 300 Recipes, None of Them Extravagant joins us with her take on where to look for flavor inspiration. And Andy Crouch, author of Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries introduces us to "session beer."
Amy Sedaris is stopping by with some gift-giving help from her hilarious new book, Simple Times, Crafts for Poor People. The Stern's are at Hartley's Pork Pies in Fall River, MA, and Mexican cook Fany Gerson introduces us to the unusual sweets of Mexico with her book My Sweet Mexico.
This week, we learn what it takes to be a cheesemonger with Steve Jones, proprietor of Cheese Bar in Portland, Ore. We're also looking at willpower with John Tierney, co-author of Willpower, Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. And Jane and Michael Stern are breakfasting at Green Salmon in Yachats, Ore.
We have some advice for the home cook from chef Thomas Keller—his new book is Ad Hoc at Home. We get advice for throwing a party Southern style from Matt and Ted Lee, authors of Simple, Fresh Southern. Master baker Rose Levy Beranbaum gives us a primer on keeping cakes—her newest book is Rose's Heavenly Cakes. Jane and Michael Stern are at Pico de Gallo in Tuscon, AZ.
Amy Sedaris is stopping by with some gift-giving help from her hilarious book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. Jane and Michael Stern are at Hartley's Pork Pies in Fall River, Mass., and Mexican cook Fany Gerson introduces us to the unusual sweets of Mexico with her book My Sweet Mexico.
We get a master lesson in pie crust from chef Thomas Keller and pastry genius Sebastian Rouxel, authors of Bouchon Bakery, Jane and Michael Stern bring us the very best in extremely hot road food and Mexican chef Roberto Santibañez looks at the Middle Eastern influences on modern day Mexican food.
Greg Engert's profiling system divides beer into seven categories. Award-winning writer and cook Deborah Madison is here with the missing puzzle piece for vegetable cooking -- the plants themselves -- with her book Vegetable Literacy. We turn to the duo from The Perennial Plate, an online documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.
We discuss the cuisine of Portugal with David Leite author of The New Portuguese Table. Jane and Michael Stern have found stellar Creamed Chipped Beef at The Breakfast Shoppe in Severna Park, MD and we learn the art of Indian dal from Raghavan Iyer author of 660 Curries.
Dan Buettner author of Thrive, Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way tells us about the significance of the shared meal among world's happiest people. Jane and Michael Stern are tracking down the very best in deli rye and we hear the touching story of a tamale and a tire iron and the bond the two forge.