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
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)

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
Traveling to Eat

Francis Lam and guests explore the cuisines of the Black Sea, Thailand, Haiti, Milwaukee, and beyond.

Sep 04, 2020
718: Things You’ve Gotta Try

From what to really dunk your Oreos in to a West African super-grain, canned wine, and an all-day ratatouille recipe, we talk things you’ve got to try. 

Aug 28, 2020
Mothers & Daughters

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This week are celebrating mothers and daughters in all kinds of ways. We eavesdrop in the kitchen with Priya and Ritu Krishna, authors of Indian (-ish). Chef Asma Khan shows us the real edges of her own family and the family she’s made at her London restaurant Darjeeling Express. Chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales, author of Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, talks about the influence her mother still wields in her kitchen. And, Molly Birnbaum of America’s Test Kitchen Kids brings us her magical ways with small cooks and eaters in training.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • May 3, 2019 (originally aired)

  • August 21, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Aug 21, 2020
717: Summer Kitchens

We talk cooking cool (or not cooking at all) with The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner and learn about the literal summer kitchens of Ukraine.

Aug 14, 2020
How Bees Made What We Eat

This week is all about bees. We talk to Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, about the importance of bees to our food supply, as well as their connection to the evolution of plants and humans. Francis Lam gets the story of Brooklyn’s red bees and other urban tales of beekeeping from Andrew Coté. Bridget Lancaster, host of America’s Test Kitchen, has flavorful tips for cooking with honey. And bee researcher Bernardo Niño discusses what makes a healthy bee colony and takes us inside the mysterious of colony collapse disorder. Francis also talks with listeners about using and preserving habanero peppers, and why cocoa powder is often included in Sicilian caponata recipes.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • August 24, 2018 (originally aired)

  • August 16, 2019 (rebroadcast)

  • August 07, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Aug 07, 2020
716: Farm, Garden, Cook

Thanks to the farmers and gardeners who are keeping us well-fed this summer. This week, we talk to farmer/activist Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, and chef/farmer Abra Berens.

Jul 31, 2020
661: Summer Cookout

Light up and get your grill on with inspired sauces and sides, and foolproof techniques for both your fire and your food.

Jul 24, 2020
715: Tasting the Nation with Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef & Hulu’s Taste the Nation, talks about meeting cooks across our land, raising bicultural kids, and growing up in Queens.

Jul 17, 2020
662: Pepper Party

Things get spicy when we look at the wide world of chili peppers and how they're enjoyed raw, cooked, powdered, and blended into sauces.

Jul 10, 2020
714: A Carla Hall 4th of July

Who better to bring us fresh ideas for cooking through the long weekend than the delightful Carla Hall?

Jul 03, 2020
659: Vegging Out

The cultural (and family) politics of vegetarianism, new techniques and better planning for cooking veggies, and essential vegan dishes from Vedge.

Jun 26, 2020
713: Light Up Your Grill

Get grilling with Hmong Chef Yia Vang, vegetable whisperer Chef Ashley Christensen and best-selling grilling author John "Doc" Willoughby.

Jun 19, 2020
668: Edna Lewis, an American Original

We honor chef, writer, and activist Edna Lewis, who was born in a village of freed slaves and helped change the course of American cuisine.

Jun 12, 2020
712: An Hour with Yotam Ottolenghi

Cookbook phenomenon Yotam Ottolenghi takes on your calls and talks tahini, feeding kids, and collaboration.

Jun 05, 2020
686: A Conversation with Madhur Jaffrey

We spend an afternoon with the illustrious and iconic Indian cookbook author and food writer Madhur Jaffrey.

May 29, 2020