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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We are taking a look at the unique foodways of the Texas cattlemen with Robb Walsh, author of The Texas Cowboy Cookbook. Jane and Michael Stern are eating stellar seafood in James Beard's hometown - Seaside, Oregon - at Norma's Ocean Diner, and Gourmet magazine's John Willoughby shares his picks of the best in destination dining.
This week we're bringing you a special one-hour program recorded in Hawaii. It's a look at the food and culture of Honolulu and its island of Oahu that few tourists see. You won't want to miss this show.
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.
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.
This week we meet up with the irascible Anthony Bourdain, author of Medium Raw, A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. Jane and Michael Stern are eating boudin sausage at T Boy's Slaughterhouse in Mamon, LA and Indian food authority Julie Sahni brings us the Indian art of the marinade.
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.
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 we're taking you on a road trip, specifically a wine trip to the Galicia region of Spain. It was one week, one bus, four wine geeks and The Splendid Table. The job was to taste a minimum of 50 wines a day, and if you don't think that is work, give it a try. Galicia and its neighboring area of Bierzo are up-and-comers in the wine world, and this trip explains why.
This week on The Splendid Table it's a look at the world's new hotbed of culinary inspiration, Spain. Journalist Anya Von Bremzen has been exploring the Spanish food world for over a decade and has a report. Also, Jane and Michael Stern have found the ultimate in American chocolates, Bridgewater Chocolate in Brookfield, CT; gadget tester Dorrie Greenspan evaluates the pressure cooker; Steven Beaumont, author of The Premium Beer Drinkers Guide explains Czech lagers; and more.
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. Opinionated cheesemonger Steve Jenkins brings us his annual cheese picks for the holidays, and Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life has inspiring thoughts on making small tables large and beautiful for next to nothing.
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 on Splendid Table, we're looking at the 1976 wine tasting that changed the face of wine in the world, with George Tabor, author of The Judgement of Paris: California Versus France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. Then, Jane and Michael Stern are visiting Harmon's Lunch in Falmouth, Maine, and Gourmet magazine's John Willoughby puts coconut milk to the test.
We are moving into spring. We're talking to organic farmer and scholar Fred Kirschenmann of The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about how to make new visions for the way we produce our food. Jane and Michael Stern are eating chicken fried steak at the Rock Café in Stroud, Oklahoma and we meet up with Dennis Von Englesdorp, a bee scientist studying the mysterious colony collapse devastating America's bee population.
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 it's the epitome of seafood cooks: Boston's Jasper White, author of The Summer Shack Cookbook. Also, Jane and Michael Stern are eating runza at the Gering Bakery in Gering, Nebraska, and Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathon Gold tells us what is on his summer reading list.
We are taking a look at our Locavore Nation project. Fifteen adventurous souls took on the challenge to eat a sustainable, local diet for a year. We will weigh in with the results. Locavore novelist Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life joins us for a commentary on the results.
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.
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.