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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.
"stump the chef!"
This week we hear the real life horror story of how the world nearly lost wine, from Christy Campbell, author of The Botanist and The Vintner: How Wine was Saved for the World; Jane and Michael Stern are eating Cuban at El Siboney in Key West, FL; wine wiz Joshua Wesson tells us what to pair with stinky cheeses; chef Jerry Traunfeld, author of the Herbfarm Cookbook, introduces us to his favorite herb of spring, chervil; and more.
This week it's Part Two of our 10th anniversary special recorded in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. This is the region of Italy that Italians consider their culinary jewel, the land of prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
This week, we're bringing you the first of two shows recorded in Lynne's beloved Emilia-Romagna. This is the region of Italy that Italians consider their culinary jewel, the land of prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano. She takes us behind the scenes as no one else can, into balsamic attics and kitchens of legendary country restaurants. She takes to a town where people still set a place for the composer Verdi and his music spills out into the street.
This week it’s a look at saliva with America’s funniest science writer, Mary Roach, author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Trail. The Sterns are at the Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe in Astoria, Ore., and we learn which salts are really worth the money with salt merchant Mark Bitterman, author of Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral.
Evan Goldstein author of Daring Pairings joins us with a fresh take on pairing food and wine, we learn a new cooking technique for getting the most from summer vegetables with Martha Rose Shulman author of The Very Best of Recipes for Health, and Mario Batali stops by with his take on Italian gelato.
We are moving into spring. We're talking to organic farmer and scholar Fred Kirschenmann of The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about how to make new visions for the way we produce our food. Jane and Michael Stern are eating chicken fried steak at the Rock Café in Stroud, Oklahoma and we meet up with Dennis Von Englesdorp, a bee scientist studying the mysterious colony collapse devastating America's bee population.
It's our annual program, Turkey Confidential — LIVE Thanksgiving Morning, 11 - 1 ET. This year's guests include Jacques Pepin, Garrison Keillor, Ruth Reichl and Jane and Michael Stern.
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 The Splendid Table looks at where Buddhism and the restaurant kitchen meet, with Annie Somerville, chef of the award-winning vegetarian restaurant Greens in San Francisco. Annie has almost single-handedly changed the face of vegetarian food in this country. Jane and Michael Stern have followed their noses to Otto's, a smokehouse in Portland, Oregon. The Splendid Table gadget tester Dorie Greenspan tells us how to use chips, chunks, and planks to get smokehouse flavor from our grills.
This week we take a look at school lunch programs with a lunch lady's eyes. Our guest is Jean Ronnei of the St. Paul, MN public schools. Mario Batali addresses the issue of family meals, the Sterns are eating soul food in the Arizona desert at Mrs. White's Golden Rule and we get a guide to making simple cured meats at home from Karen Solomon author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It and Other Cooking Projects.
We are taking a look at our Locavore Nation project. Fifteen adventurous souls took on the challenge to eat a sustainable, local diet for a year. We will weigh in with the results. Locavore novelist Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life joins us for a commentary on the results.
Writer and Director Nora Ephron, author of the best-seller I Feel Bad About My Neck, joins us this week with observations on life and the American food scene, including a provocative take on how the duo of the birth control pill and how Julia Child shaped the social history of the late 20th Century.
We are taking a look at the unique foodways of the Texas cattlemen with Robb Walsh, author of The Texas Cowboy Cookbook. Jane and Michael Stern are eating stellar seafood in James Beard's hometown - Seaside, Oregon - at Norma's Ocean Diner, and Gourmet magazine's John Willoughby shares his picks of the best in destination dining.
This week it's the epitome of seafood cooks: Boston's Jasper White, author of The Summer Shack Cookbook. Also, Jane and Michael Stern are eating runza at the Gering Bakery in Gering, Nebraska, and Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathon Gold tells us what is on his summer reading list.
This week we talk to award-winning journalist Michael Moss about the food giants that decide what we eat. He is the author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Chopped's Ted Allen has advice on how to get out of our food ruts and we look at the stirrings of a movement in the wine world, natural wine.
This week we'll get you ready for the Thanksgiving feast with chef Eric Ripert, author of Avec Eric. Grace Young brings us the very American story of Chinese immigrants in the Mississippi Delta. Her latest book is Stir-Frying To the Sky's Edge. And we get stuffing strategy from the New York Time's Melissa Clark, author of In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite.
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're meeting up with the legendary and powerful wine expert Robert Parker author of Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide, 7th Edition. Jane and Michael Stern, authors of Road Food, are at The Northside Grill in Ann Arbor, MI. Chris Kimball of Cook's Illustrated brings us his favorite kitchen gadgets.