The Splendid Table: Conversations & Recipes For Curious Cooks & Eaters

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The Splendid Table has always connected people through the common language of food and eating. Now with award-winning food journalist Francis Lam at the helm, we’re bringing forward even more fresh voices and surprising conversations at the intersection of food, people and culture – covering everything from the global appeal of sesame to the impact of Instagram on everyday eating. It’s a food show where everyone is welcome. Produced by American Public Media.

  • 50 minutes 17 seconds
    807: Off the Beaten Path – Exploring Southern France with authors Steve Hoffman and Rebekah Peppler

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    This week, we talk about life and food in Southern France. First, we sit down with Steve Hoffman to talk about his latest memoir, A Season for That, about his journey from Minnesota to the South of France with his entire family to live a romanticized French life.  It turned out to be a complete culinary and culture shock that ended up inspiring his appreciation for the local food culture and its winemaking traditions. Steve Hoffman's latest book is A Season for That: Lost and Found in the Other Southern France. Then, we talk with author Rebekah Peppler about her connection to the South of France and its Provencal cuisine, which is the inspiration for her cookbook, Le Sud: Recipes from Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. She walks us through Provencal dishes from tapenades to bouillabaisse, and she leaves us with her recipe for Mussels in Aioli

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • July 19, 2024 (originally aired)

    19 July 2024, 1:58 pm
  • 49 minutes 55 seconds
    737: Eating Greek

    This week, we're talking about the unique cuisine of Greece. Diane Kochilas, author and star of the public television show, My Greek Table joins us from Athens to talk about Greek regional cooking and explore the history and cuisine of the Greek American community. She also lets us in on her favorite dishes to prepare from her garden. Then, we sit with Tara Q. Thomas, who tells us all we need to know about Greek wine, from her favorite producers to the evolution of the pine resin in retsina wines. Then, we head to Queens to listen in on a Greek American family as they prepare their favorite stuffed cabbage, sarmades.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • July 9, 2021 (originally aired)

    • July 8, 2022 (rebroadcast)

    • July 12, 2024 (rebroadcast)

    12 July 2024, 3:00 pm
  • 49 minutes 40 seconds
    806: Thank You, Please Come Again: How Gas Stations Feed & Fuel the American South with Kate Medley and cookout ideas from the chefs behind LA’s vegetable-forward Kismet

    This week, we're all about two summer traditions. First, we meet photojournalist and documentarian Kate Medley to talk about her decade-long project documenting gas stations all across the South.  She has stories about the amazing cast of characters, their diverse selection of foods, and their impact on their communities across the South. Kate Medley is the author of Thank You Please Come Again: How Gas Stations Feed & Fuel the American South. Then, we talk to the chefs behind Kismet, an award-winning vegetable-forward restaurant in Los Angeles. Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson bring us fresh ideas for your summer cookout, including their modern must-haves for your grill, like their Springtime Chicken Skewers. Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson's latest book is Kismet: Bright, Fresh, Vegetable-Loving Recipes.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • July 5, 2024 (originally aired)

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    5 July 2024, 5:36 pm
  • 49 minutes 22 seconds
    764: Women Brewers

    This week, we're exploring the history of women and beermaking. First, Theresa McCulla, curator of The Smithsonian's American Brewing History Initiative, explains why beer is a great lens to examine American history and shares the story of Patsy Young, an early American brewer and fugitive from slavery. Then, Atinuke Akintola Diver talks about her feature-length documentary This Belongs to Us, which follows Black women brewers in the American south and finally, beer Journalist Stephanie Grant of Good Beer Hunting shares her favorite beer and food pairings. You can find her newsletter, The Share, here and on Substack. 

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • September 9, 2022 (originally aired)

    • September 15, 2023 (rebroadcast)

    • June 28, 2024 (rebroadcast)

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    28 June 2024, 1:30 pm
  • 49 minutes 29 seconds
    805: Amrikan with Khushbu Shah and Koreaworld with Matt Rodbard and Deuki Hong

    This week, we look at modern food and culture from two popular cuisines. First, we sit down with acclaimed food writer Khushbu Shah to talk about her debut cookbook, which is all about Indian home-cooked dishes. She shares ingenious hacks and delicious Indian-inspired recipes that can come together in a pinch using everyday pantry items, and teaches Francis how to make her Chili Cheese Toast.  Khushbu Shah is the author of Amrikan: 125 Recipes from the Indian American Diaspora. Then, we are off to Korea with Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard. We talk about why Korean cuisine has taken the world by storm, their travels to Korea to document modern Korean cooking, and how regional Korean dishes are showing up in many parts of Korea. Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard’s latest book is Koreaworld: A Cookbook. They left us with their recipe for Sauteed Rice Cakes with Gochujang & Cream.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • June 21, 2024 (originally aired)

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    21 June 2024, 7:36 pm
  • 49 minutes 23 seconds
    782: Vegetarian Summer Cooking with Hetty Lui McKinnon and the Art of Leftovers with Tamar Adler

    This week, we talk to two award-winning food writers about how to make the most of your vegetables and leftovers this summer. First up, award-winning vegetarian writer Hetty Lui McKinnon joins us to talk about her latest book Tenderheart, A Cookbook About Vegetables and Unbreakable Family Bonds. She talks to us about her father’s influence on her early life and how it inspired her vegetarian cooking career. She walks us through some of her favorite Chinese-inspired dishes made with a vegetarian twist, like her Sesame Mushroom Toast and Eggplant Char Siu and she sticks around to answer your cooking questions. Then, Tamar Adler, author of The Everlasting Meal Cookbook, brings fresh eyes to leftovers, from super quick ideas to elevate your cooking, like adding coconut water to your rice, and even ideas on what to do with your overcooked fish and those Cheeto crumbs at the bottom of the bag.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • June 9, 2023 (originally aired)

    • June 14, 2024 (rebroadcast)

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    14 June 2024, 10:31 pm
  • 49 minutes 46 seconds
    739: Chef Martin Yan’s Culinary Journey

    This week, we spend an hour with one of Francis’ heroes, Chef Martin Yan. He talks about growing up in China, the time he spent working in the legendary wet markets, and how helping his mom in the kitchen gave him a lifelong lesson in seasonal cooking. From his journey to Hong Kong where he famously learned how to bone-out a chicken in 18 seconds, to his move to attend college in the US, to becoming a trailblazing culinary food show host of Yan Can Cook, his is a story full of determination, achievement, and his trademark humor. He is the author of over twenty cookbooks and is currently the host of Martin Yan, Quick and Easy

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • August 27, 2021 (originally aired)

    • September 2, 2022 (rebroadcast)

    • June 7, 2024 (rebroadcast)

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    7 June 2024, 1:07 pm
  • 50 minutes 1 second
    732: Real world seafood cooking with Genevieve Ko and Jennifer Bushman

    When it comes to seafood, frozen is the new fresh. We talk to seafood industry expert, Jennifer Bushman about how technology has improved the quality of frozen fish and how to make the most of canned seafood from your local grocery store. Her latest project is Sea Pantry, how to keep your pantry stocked up with ingredients from the sea. Then, Senior Editor of New York Times Cooking, Genevieve Ko brings us her best at-home seafood cooking tips and recipes.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • April 9, 2021 (originally aired)

    • April 8, 2022 (rebroadcast)

    • May 31, 2024 (rebroadcast)

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    31 May 2024, 3:42 pm
  • 49 minutes 47 seconds
    804: Summer Reading with Aimee Nezhukumatathil author of Bite By Bite & Sara B. Franklin author of The Editor

    This week, we’ve got suggestions to start your summer reading list. First, we sit down with bestselling author and poet  Aimee Nezhukumatathil to talk about her upbringing and the nature of her poetry. She writes about her parent’s gardens and their food, and how she carries her childhood experiences with her today.  Her latest book is Bite By Bite: Nourishments and Jamborees. Then, we learn about the life and legacy of the iconic book editor Judith Jones through her biographer Sara B. Franklin. Sara documented Judith’s amazing journey from her first job at a publishing house to transforming the cookbook industry at large. Plus, we hear from Judith herself from an interview we did several years ago with our former host, Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Sara B. Franklin’s book is The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • May 24, 2024 (originally aired)

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    24 May 2024, 4:07 pm
  • 49 minutes 47 seconds
    748: Dr. Jessica B. Harris

    This week, we’re spending an hour with Culinary Historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris. We talk about her start in food writing, how she started making connections between what she ate in Africa and what she ate in America, learn about one of her greatest influences, her mother who she calls her “culinary secret weapon”, and hear the many different ways she studied food, from reading Columbus’ journal to her experiences as a travel editor. She is the author of twelve books including, Iron Pots and Wooden Spoon: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking, her memoir, My Soul Looks Back, and High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • January 7, 2022 (originally aired)

    • January 27, 2023 (rebroadcast)

    • May 17, 2024 (rebroadcast)

    17 May 2024, 1:37 pm
  • 49 minutes 56 seconds
    781: Eating With Funny People

    This week, we're joined by two comedians to talk about their connection to food. First, Ivy Le, host of the podcast Fear of Going OutsideWe quote, "Most nature shows are hosted by reckless white men, but avid indoors woman Ivy Le is an Asian mom with severe allergies. Last season, Ivy conquered camping. She's back, braving the outdoors to go hunting- or die trying!" Then, comedian Dan Ahdoot, the author of the new book Undercooked: How I Let Food Become My Life Navigator and How Maybe That's a Dumb Way to Live, talks to us about his connection to food and his family, his theories on relationships, and the journeys he's taken for a great meal.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:

    • May 26, 2023 (originally aired)

    • May 10, 2024 (rebroadcast)

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    10 May 2024, 5:19 pm
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