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 dinners. 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.
It’s a look at the newest in culinary exotica, salt block cooking, with Mark Bitterman, author of Salt Block Cooking, and we go behind the scenes of cookbook production with recipe tester Ian Knauer.
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.
Donna Hay on side dishes, Vikas Khanna's vegetarian menu, Adam Rapoport on being a guest, The Herbivorous Butcher.
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.
This week it's a look at the Russian tradition of zakuski with Diana Henry, author of Roast Figs Sugar Snow: Winter Food to Warm the Soul. Iconoclast chef David Chang of Momofuku fame joins us with the method behind the madness of his inspired fusion cuisine. Jane and Michael Stern are eating sweets in Salt Lake City's The Lamb, and Food & Wine's Ray Isle joins us with his short list of the bottles every wine lover should taste.
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.
This week talk with Mark Bitterman author of Salted, A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes. We get a look at the world of a wine importer—with boutique importer Terry Theise—author of Reading Between the Wines and the Sterns are in Santa Fe at Bobcat Bite.
This week we talk to award-winning journalist ,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.
We're looking at the advent of Chinese food in America with Andrew Coe, author of Chop Suey, A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States. Jane and Michael Stern are in North Charleston, South Carolina for low country soul food at Bertha's Kitchen, and Sally Schneider, creator of The Improvised Life website teaches us to improvise with miso.
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.
Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, explains why eating five fruits and vegetables a day may not be enough, fruit expert David Karp of the Los Angeles Times tells us about a surprising new variety of table grape and we dive into summer entertaining with humorist Charles Phoenix.
This week chef and journalist, Michael Ruhlman joins us with his new book Ruhlman's Twenty, 20 Techniques, 100 Recipes, A Cook's Manifesto. Jane and Michael Stern are at Steve's Pig and Ox Roast in Lackawanna, New York and Diana Henry, author of Plenty: Good Uncomplicated Food for the Sustainable Kitchen brings us the latest in vegetable cookery from the British Isles.
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 Café 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.
J. Kenji López-Alt's techniques, Mary Karr on memory, Sammy Hagar on cooking, James Nienhuis on art.
Perfumer and chef Mandy Aftel explains the connection between scent and emotion. Her book is Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. The Sterns have found a first-rate gluten-free bakery at Mama’s Cheese Bread Factory in Brookfield, Connecticut, and Lisa Gross talks about The League of Kitchens, an organization where immigrants teach others to cook. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt debunks five myths about cast iron, while Fuchsia Dunlop cooks Gong Bao Chicken.
This week we talk to chef Dan Barber about ethical eating. His book is The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. We meet Von Diaz, a woman cooking her way through Cocina Criolla
It is time for our annual "get ready for the feast" broadcast with chef Richard Hetzler of The Smithsonian's Mitsiam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian. Wine writer, Heather John gives us a little guidance on wine for the holiday table and Jennifer McLagan author of Odd Bits, brings us advice on giblets and other parts of our turkey. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic, Iowa.