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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!"
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.
Nigella Lawson joins us this week with her new book Nigellissima, Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes. And we meet up with Joe Warwick, who has compiled a guide of chefs' favorite restaurants worldwide, Where Chefs Eat.
We get a master lesson in pie crust from chef Thomas Keller and his pastry genius Sebastian Rouxel, authors of Bouchon Bakery, Jane and Michel 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.
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.
The Mayo Clinic's Dr. James Levine is convinced that we are moving animals, not sitting animals and that is the key to keeping our weight in check, He is the author of Move A Little, Lose A Lot. The Sterns have met the happy cows behind the divine ice cream at Woodside Farm in Delaware, and we learn the art of the grown-up popsicle from Karen Solomon author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It.
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.
Award winning author Su-Mei Yu introduces us to the ancient Thai tradition of looking at "food as medicine". Her new book is, The Elements of Life, A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living. Jane and Michael Stern are in Tucsonat the Tucson Tamale Company and National Geographic's Keith Bellows brings us their list of "food journeys of a lifetime".
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."
This week Lynne plays Stump the Cook with chef Mario Batali. Authors Mike Faverman and Pat Mac take on dining in the great outdoors with their book Ultimate Camp Cooking. And Jane and Michael Stern have tracked down the very best in corned beef hash.
We're looking at Mexican–Jewish food traditions with Chef Patricia Jinich, of PBS's Pati's Mexican Table, New York Time's columnist Melissa Clark introduces us to her very suave and very easy recipe for Shrimp Bisque, Jane and Michael Stern are at Cupcake Royale in Seattle, WA and Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America wants us to consider endangered candy!
We're taking a look at the specialty coffee movement with Michaele Weissman author of God in a Cup. Britain's Diana Henry, author of Salt, Sugar, Smoke joins us with her take on where to go for flavor inspirations and Andy Crouch, author of Great American Craft Beer introduces us to session beer.
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.
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.
This week Lynne is out of the studio and into the world of honeybees with bee researcher Marla Spivak. Travel & Leisure Magazine's Peter Jon Lindberg has unearthed good food in unlikely places in Las Vegas and British horticulturalist, Jekka McVicar brings us her pick of unusual culinary herbs to grow in your back yard.
We are looking at the surprising politics of Florida's winter tomatoes with investigative journalist Barry Estabrook author of Tomatoland and Jane and Michael Stern take on the South's favorite cocktail accompaniment, pimento cheese. Gilttaste.com's Francis Lam talks about eating shoots and leaves and we look at the ultimate in green technology, solar cookers.
We are talking about fried chicken this week with Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman, authors of Fried & True: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides, Food & Wine Magazine’s Ray Isle explores a re-imagined wine bottle and we look at rice through a Persian cook’s eyes with Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen.
This week we learn the art of cupping with Portland's legendary Stumptown Coffee; Joshua Wesson introduces us to the world's iconic grapes, and we play a round of "Stump the Cook" with Stumpmaster Christopher Kimball of Cook's Illustrated.
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.