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

 Aug 3, 2018


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
Episode 735: 3 Junes

This week, it’s June in 3 corners of the country, Coastal Georgia with Chef-Farmer Matthew Raiford, Alaska with Melanie Brown, and Appalachia with Ronni Lundy.

Jun 11, 2021
686: A Conversation with Madhur Jaffrey

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

Jun 04, 2021
680: The Sharpest Tools

This week, it’s all about surprising stories behind the little tools in your kitchen.

May 28, 2021
679: Four Persian Cooks

It’s the food of Persia with conversations about fresh herbs, tahdig, a classic fish stew, modern Iranian cuisine, and the Persian pantry.

May 21, 2021
678: Say Cheese!

We step behind the scenes at The Cheesemonger Invitational, then go deep into the world of cheese with experts Greselda Powell and Tia Keenan.

May 14, 2021
734: Mother’s Day with Melissa Clark, Chef Kwame Onwuachi, & Caroline Shin

Chef Kwame Onwuachi & his mom on their culinary origins, Melissa Clark & her unusual Mother’s Day tradition plus her thoughts on what to cook this spring & the Korean tradition of birthday soup.

May 07, 2021
664: Project Cooking

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In this episode, we take on serious culinary projects. Beard Award-winning Charleston pitmaster Rodney Scott shares with us the ethos of whole hog barbecue. We learn to make paella on the grill with America’s Test Kitchen. The builder of a community oven in Johnson, Vermont tells us about how oven is becoming a centerpiece for the town. And Francis joins Chef Justin Smillie for a lesson in making one of his most unforgettable dishes, tomato panade, a fresh tomato bread pudding brimming with garlic, fresh herbs and olive oil. Francis talks with listeners about using the fat and rich gelatin left over from shredded pork, and cooking with artichoke leaf pasta.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • August 10, 2018 (originally aired)

  • July 19, 2019 (rebroadcast)

  • April 30, 2021 (rebroadcast)

Apr 30, 2021
733: Food Beyond Borders With Yasmin Khan and Reem Kassis

We delve into Eastern Mediterranean border cuisine with Yasmin Khan and talk to Reem Kassis about her work with modern Arab food.

Apr 23, 2021
663: The Importance of Eating Urchins

The aquacultural benefits of eating purple sea urchins. Making rice salad and savory breakfast. America’s Test Kitchen on perfect home-cooked falafel.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • July 27, 2018 (originally aired)

  • August 2, 2019 (rebroadcast)

  • April 16, 2021 (rebroadcast)

Apr 16, 2021
732: Real world seafood cooking with Genevieve Ko and Jennifer Bushman

This week, we navigate seafood counters and frozen fish aisles with the help of Senior Editor for NYT Cooking, Genevieve Ko and seafood advocate Jennifer Bushman

Apr 09, 2021
655: The Seeds of Flavor
Apr 02, 2021
647: Mexican Food in America

Jorge Gaviria on tortillas, Steve Alvarez on Mexington, ATK on chilaquiles, Wesley Avila on tacos, Fany Gerson on flan, the importance of Mitla Cafe

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • January 12, 2018 (originally aired)

  • January 4, 2019 (rebroadcast)

  • March 26, 2021 (rebroadcast)

Mar 26, 2021
731: The Shape of Pasta

We are all in on pasta this week!  Francis joins Evan Kleiman, host of Good Food on KCRW, and Dan Pashman of The Sporkful to debate the merits of different pasta shapes in front of a live audience. Then, we talk to Dan about his years-long quest to create his very own pasta shape, cascatelli. And then a true pasta obsessive, Chef Douglass Williams of MIDA in Boston, is in-house to help Francis take your pasta questions.

Mar 19, 2021
703: Spring Cookbook Picks

From baking and Cajun cuisine to vegetarian and historically inspired Mughal dishes, we talk with the authors of four wonderful new cookbooks.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • March 13, 2020 (originally aired)

  • March 12, 2021 (rebroadcast)

Mar 12, 2021
730: Vegetarian Cooking with Deborah Madison

This week, we spend an hour with Deborah Madison, the legendary chef and cookbook author who helped revolutionize vegetarian cuisine in America.

Mar 05, 2021
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