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'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 Web site teaches us to improvise with miso.
This week it's a look at the sometimes scandalous world of olive oil with Tom Mueller author of Extra Virginity. Legendary vegetarian cook Anna Thomas brings us her take on steaming bowls of green soup for the winter months. Her book is Love Soup. We talk with Christian De Benedetti about his book The Great American Ale Trail, and play another round of Stump the Cook with Modern Family's Ty Burrell.
This week we're hunting and gathering at water's edge with Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, Finding the Forgotten Feast. Also, wine entrepreneur Joshua Wesson brings us his favorite bottles to sip with hot dogs and Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life tells us how to get the most from the season's fresh cherries.
We are meeting up with England's beloved food columnist Nigel Slater. He is the author of Tender, A Cook and his Vegetable Patch. Mike Faverman and Pat Mac authors of Ultimate Camp Cooking are taking on dining in the great outdoors and Lynne plays Stump the Cook with chef Mario Batali.
It's another installment of our Key 3 series, conversations with good cooks about the 3 recipes they think essential for a good cook to know. This week Lidia Bastianich takes us into the kitchen of Felidia in NYC to teach us her 3 key pasta recipes. Lidia's newest book is Lidia's Italy in America. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, VA, and Hank Shaw author of Hunt, Gather, Cook teaches us to harvest spring trees.
This week, historian John T Edge tells us about his on-going reporting for the New York Times called United Tastes, Jane and Michael Stern have found the ultimate hangover cure in New Orleans, a dish called Ya-Ka Mein. We meet a PHD candidate studying "coziness" and we get a take on the 5 Stages of Grief—"pea" grief that it is, from Emily Franklin, author of Too Many Cooks.
This week we talk to Kat Kinsman, editor in chief of Tasting Table, about the ethics of food journalism. We turn to Michael Ruhlman, author of Ruhlman's How to Roast, about the essentials of that cooking technique, and meet Azalina Eusope, a fifth-generation street vendor from Malaysia who is setting San Francisco’s food scene on fire.
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.
This week we hear about a group of renegade Montana farmers and their quest to change the farming industry from Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America. We talk to chef Eric Ripert about his recent travels, and we have an encore performance of the day Lynne taught violinist Joshua Bell how to cook pasta.
Cathy Barrow on pickles, Eric Ripert on traveling, Liz Carlisle on lentils, Jennifer Ho on identity, Joshua Bell.
Kat Kinsman on ethics, David Rosengarten on knives, Michael Ruhlman on roasting, Louise Hay, Heather Dane, Azalina Eusope.
We talk with Britain's exuberant gastronaut Stefan Gates about his BBC documentary on bug-eating called Alien Nation. NYC restaurateur Eddie Huang of BaoHaus explains the art of the Asian bun. His memoir is Fresh Off the Boat. And chef Charles Phan of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door gives us a primer on the Vietnamese noodle soup pho. His latest book is Vietnamese Home Cooking.
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.
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.
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.
This week we're looking at why we find things pleasurable with Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Orange Inn in Laguna Beach, CA. We play Stump the Cook with Amy Sedaris and tea authority Bill Waddington introduces us to the first brand new strain of tea ever developed, Ruby 18.
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.