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.
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 journalist Anne Applebaum, author of The Polish Country House Kitchen, joins us with tales of food and life in Poland, and we head to Kansas City for an Austrian-Germanic take on the cocktail with the bartender from Grunauer.
"stump the chef!"
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 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 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.
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.
Opinionated cheesemonger Steve Jenkins brings us his annual cheese picks for the holidays. We check in with writer Junot Diaz about the Dominican food of his childhood. He is the author of the award-winning book This Is How You Lose Her. And Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life has inspiring thoughts on making small tables large and beautiful for next to nothing.
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.
British food writer Nigel Slater, author of Tender, joins us with his take on the holiday meal; Edward Behr has a new book, The Art of Eating Cookbook; and Andrew Schloss, author of Homemade Soda, brings some non-alcoholic suggestions for the holiday.
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.
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 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're talking to Smithsonian paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner about the origins of meat-eating. Food scientist Harold McGee explains the nuances of rice wine vinegar, and we get the lowdown on real Southern cooking in Chicago with Garden & Gun magazine’s Julia Reed.
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 learn what it takes to be a cheesemonger with Steve Jones, proprietor of Cheese Bar in Portland, Ore. We're also looking at willpower with John Tierney, co-author of Willpower, Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. And Jane and Michael Stern are breakfasting at Green Salmon in Yachats, Ore.
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.
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 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.