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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 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.
We dive into the world of rare wines with Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. Jane and Michael Stern are at Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock, TX, and Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life introduces us to seductive orange flower water.
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.
We are looking at the surprising politics of Florida's winter tomatoes with investigative journalist Barry Estabrook author of Tomatoland, London starchef Silvena Rowe brings us her exotic take on food of the Eastern Mediterranean. Her new book is Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume and Jane and Michael Stern take on the South's favorite cocktail accompaniment, pimento cheese.
Investigative journalist Christopher Leonard takes us inside the meat industry with his book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, wine expert Joshua Wesson brings us his picks of wines to pair with charcuterie, and we look at the food from Macau with the duo behind Chicago’s Fat Rice.
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.
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 we're bringing you a show recorded in one of the most happening food towns in the world, Mexico City, including a visit with the grand dame of Mexican cuisine, Diana Kennedy.
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!
This week we're being introduced to the lush foods of Senegal with Pierre Tham author of Yolele: Recipes from the Heart of Senegal. Jane and Michael Stern are at Sahagun in Portland, Oregon and we learn the art of cooking on your car engine with Bill Sheller, author of Manifold Destiny.
Were going into the kitchen of Daniel in NYC for another installment of The Key 3 with legendary chef Daniel Boulud. We take a vegan look at the grill with John Schlimm author of Grilling Vegan Style, and we play Stump the Cook with Stumpmaster Frank De Caro author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook.
This week we're taking a food lovers tour of Vietnam with Peter Jon Lindberg, Editor-at-Large of Travel & Leisure Magazine, the Sterns are at Metompkin Seafood in Mappsville, VA and Dorie Greenspan author of Around My French Table joins us with a very French take on the side dish.
We are joined this week by the legendary Jacques Pepin and his new book, Essential Pepin, More that 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food. Jane and Michael Stern are taking a look at what happens when great road food restaurants multiply.
We get some modern-day wine-truths from Matt Kramer author of Matt Kramer on Wine. We will look at some of the world's most bizarrely set restaurants with JD Rinne of Budgettravel.com and we deconstruct and reinvent ratatouille with Giltfood.com's Francis Lam.
This week we're looking at Mexican Jewish food traditions with Chef Patricia Jinich. And we'll check in with Jane and Michael Stern, who have found world-class cupcakes at Cupcake Royale in Seattle.
This week it's Japanese Grilling with Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat and Food & Wine Magazine's Ray Isle has some wine suggestions for summer sipping.
We're looking at the art of the Asian pickle with Alex Hovzen creator of the Cultured Pickle Shop in Berkely, CA, the Sterns are visiting Moonlight BBQ in Owensboro, KY, Fred Plotkin teaches us how to take an eaters vacation without a rental car, and Amy Stewart author of Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities introduces us to the darker side of Mother Nature.
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.