The Splendid Table

By American Public Media

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Love this podcast. Best thing to listen while doing anything, everything, and nothing. I find listening to folks who love all aspects of food and cooking to be the best way to relax. The joy you hear in their voice is infectious -Thanks

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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.

Episode Date
702: Food and Marriage

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This episode is all about food... and marriage. We’ve an international love story built around Bosnian food with the couple behind Balkan Treat Box. We get dumpling and relationship advice from a long-married Uzbek couple, Damira Inatullaeva and Sahib Aminov. We’ve a story from writer Michaele Weissman about discovering that the key to understanding her husband is in the rye bread he loves. And, we sit down with Washington Post Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan (author of Cool Beans) and his husband Carl Mason to get the real story behind what it’s like to be married to a cookbook author.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • February 28, 2020 (originally aired)

  • February 26, 2021 (rebroadcast)

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Feb 26, 2021
729: Saving Chinatown with Grace Young

This week we sit down with Grace Young, one of the greatest culinary historians of Chinese American food to talk about her career and her mission to save Chinese restaurants in the age of Covid.

Feb 19, 2021
701: The Culture of Drinking

We look at the world of drinking with a secret barrel room, the spiritual side of mezcal, the language of wine, and the trend of being sober curious.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • February 14, 2020 (originally aired)

  • February 12, 2021 (rebroadcast)

Feb 12, 2021
728: Coffee & Toast with Cheryl Day and Nick Cho

Award-winning baker, Cheryl Day brings us advice on breakfast baking and Nick Cho of Wrecking Ball Coffee & Your Korean Dad fame gives us the lowdown on brewing a perfect cup

Feb 05, 2021
700: Eating Canadian - Live from Hot Docs Podcast Festival

This week’s show was recorded live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival in Toronto. Francis and his team of intrepid eaters tackle a tantalizing question: what makes Canada so delicious? Guests include Matty “The Flavor Lord” Matheson (Just a Dash); Greater Toronto Area food, drink and travel writer Suresh Doss; and New York Times food columnist and host of our Weeknight Kitchen podcast Melissa Clark, who impresses everyone with her quick thinking in a game of Stump the Cook.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • January 24, 2020 (originally aired)

  • January 29, 2021 (rebroadcast)

Jan 29, 2021
727: Cooking by Feel with Vivian Howard & Nik Sharma

Vivian Howard, star of A Chef's Life, and the scientist-turned-cook, Nik Sharma, talk about applying intuition to their recipes.

Jan 23, 2021
697: Cold Weather Cooking

Cold weather cooking to carry us through the winter from Alissa Timoshkina, Maangchi, Tyler Kord, Andy Baraghani and Paul Kahan.

Jan 15, 2021
726: Soup’s On with Jenn Louis

Jenn Louis stops by to talk about the essentials for a great soup and takes on your questions. Plus, the Splendid team holds a taste-off of store-bought chicken stock.

Jan 08, 2021
695: Sean Brock is Still Learning About Southern Food

We spend an hour with one of the great champions of Southern foodways, award-winning chef Sean Brock. Raised in rural Virginia, Sean has spent 20 years highlighting the unique culinary characteristics of the South. He is the author of the best-selling book, Heritage, and the newly published, South. Francis talks with Sean about microregional cuisines of the South, the importance of curiosity in the kitchen, and how he survived workaholism.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • November 1, 2019 (originally aired)

  • January 1, 2021 (rebroadcast)

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Jan 01, 2021
698: A Holiday Jubilee with Toni Tipton-Martin and Questlove

Festive discussions of celebration, community, and cooking with Questlove, Toni Tipton-Martin, Raquel Pelzel, and Claudia Fleming.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • December 20, 2019 (originally aired)

  • December 25, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Dec 25, 2020
725: Welcoming the Holidays with Ina Garten

We close this rollercoaster of a year with the wonderful Ina Garten and answer some of your cooking questions. Plus, Kristen Miglore brings in some of her favorite Genius recipes of the year.

Dec 18, 2020
644: The Power of Invitation with Melissa Clark and Friends

Carla Capalbo traveled extensively throughout the nation of Georgia gathering stories and recipes for her gorgeous new book, Tasting Georgia. She explains to Francis Lam the many dishes you're likely to find on a Georgian feast table, and some of the rituals you can expect to take part in. The French dish of pot au feu is an easy, homey one-pot dish that can be made while hosting a party or doing other chores around the house. Justin Spring is the author of The Gourmands' Way; he talks with contributor Melissa Clark about the homey dish, and how it can be stretched into a full week of meals. Rev. Bill Golderer expounds upon the life-affirming power of an invitation. Lisa McManus is the head of ingredient and equipment testing for America's Test Kitchen; she tells us about some of her favorite kitchen tools for home cooks taking a cue from restaurant kitchens. Plus, in this week's new video, Lynne Rossetto Kasper discusses the five foods that define her as a cook and curious eater.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • December 8, 2017 (originally aired)

  • December 21, 2018 (rebroadcast)

  • December 11, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Dec 11, 2020
724: The Power of Smell with Harold McGee

This week, legendary food science writer Harold McGee joins us to talk about how he’s seen food change, and his new passion -- the science of smell

Dec 04, 2020
696: Discovering Thanksgiving with Four American Chefs

This year’s Thanksgiving show celebrates with some of America’s great foreign-born chefs: Ann Kim, Hugo Ortega, Miroslav Uskokovic and Maneet Chauhan.

All four chefs have their stories and recipes included in the wonderful new book, A Place at the Table: New American Recipes from the Nation's Top Foreign-Born Chefs, from the Vilcek Foundation, a group dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions in American and fostering appreciation of the arts and sciences.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • November 15, 2019 (originally aired)

  • November 27, 2020 (rebroadcast)

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Nov 27, 2020
Turkey Confidential with Jacques Pepin, Samin Nosrat and More

Francis Lam hosts the 2020 pre-recorded edition of our popular Thanksgiving show. Francis is joined by special guests Samin Nosrat, Chef Michael Solomonov, Jacques Pépin, Nora McInerny, and Sohla El-Waylly to answer your pre-recorded questions.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • November 26, 2020

Nov 26, 2020
723: Global Thanksgiving with Hawa Hassan and Andrea Nguyen

This week, we’ve stories of how Thanksgiving looks for Americans from all over the world - Vietnam, Mexico, and Somalia. And America’s Test Kitchen helps us downsize this years menu.

Nov 20, 2020
694: Japanese home cooking with Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying

We are talking about Japanese home cooking this week, and not ramen or sushi! Think curry, omelets, and quick fried noodles. Tomoko Imade Dyen, culinary director of Japan House in Los Angeles, shares the everyday foods enjoyed by Japanese families. Sonoko Sakai, author of Japanese Home Cooking, tells us about the origins of the Japanese curry everyone makes at home. Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying (The Gaijin Cookbook) give us a lesson in Japanese kid-food, and chef Shintaro Okuda, of NYC's Bar Moga, teaches us how to make the delicious fried rice omelet, omurice.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • October 18, 2019 (originally aired)

  • November 13, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Nov 13, 2020
722: Staying Close, Even When Distant with Sam Sanders and more

We’re working on connecting this week with advice from Sam Sanders on making real conversation, food gifting with Deb Perelman, and the art of gathering with Priya Parker.

Nov 06, 2020
Favorite Fall Cookbooks

This week we’re all about the new fall cookbook releases and we talk to some of our favorite authors who wrote them: Danny Mena (Made in Mexico), Evan Funke (American Sfoglino), Joanne Chang (Pastry Love), Chris Shepherd, (Cook Like a Local), and T.J. Smith and Kami Ahrens (editors of the newest edition of The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery).

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • October 4, 2019 (originally aired)

  • October 30, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Oct 30, 2020
An Award-Winning Duo: Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken

2018 Julia Child Award winners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken talk about their partnership and the changing face of the American food world.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • October 19, 2018 (originally aired)

  • October 11, 2019 (rebroadcast)

  • October 23, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Oct 23, 2020
721: Let's talk Chinese American Food

Chef Lucas Sin talks about the evolution of Chinese food & we meet the Ng family, beloved restaurateurs of Kansas City's Bo Lings.


Oct 16, 2020
Passing the Torch

On family farms, in restaurants, and in food writing, what happens when one generation passes the work to the next? Best-selling author and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl (Save Me the Plums) talks with Soleil Ho, the new restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, about stepping into big shoes. Peach farmers Mas and Nikiko Masumoto (The Perfect Peach, Changing Season)talk about what it is like for them to pass the farm from father to daughter. Bricia Lopez (Oaxaca) tells us about taking over the family restaurant when her parents returned to Mexico. To end the episode, Ed Levine (Serious Eater) and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (The Food Lab) talk about the places their collaboration on the cult website Serious Eats has taken them.

Show Segments

  • 00:00 - Show Introduction, Mas & Nikiko Masumoto

  • 17:27 - Ruth Reichl & Soleil Ho

  • 33:36 - Bricia Lopez

  • 42:50 - Ed Levine & Kenji Lopez-Alt

  • 53:33 - Show Credits

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • September 20, 2019 (originally aired)

  • October 9, 2020 (rebroadcast)

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Oct 09, 2020
720: Dads and Kids: J. Kenji López-Alt, David Chang, & Chris Ying

J. Kenji López-Alt answers your kid-related cooking questions, and David Chang and Chris Ying talk about cooking for their toughest critics.

Oct 02, 2020
Caterers - The Unsung Heroes of Cooking

Go beyond the pipe and drape, deep into the intense world of catering with Matt and Ted Lee, Michael Twitty, Kwame Onwuachi, and America’s Test Kitchen.

Sep 25, 2020
Confessions of Culinary Superfans

Who do you admire? Preston Clark on Patrick Clark, Shauna Sever on Maida Heatter, Melissa Clark on Marcella Hazan, and Pati Jinich on Joan Nathan.

Sep 18, 2020
719: Back to Baking with Lisa Donovan and Anissa Helou

Here’s hoping that the heat of summer is behind us as we fire up our ovens with baking experts from the American South and the Middle East 

Sep 11, 2020