Episodes

Magnus Nilsson wrote what may be the definitive book on Nordic cooking, and he tells guest host Melissa Clark that there's more to it than pickled herring. Melissa also talks with the Washington Post's Bonnie Benwick about translating chef's recipes to your kitchen, then checks in with John Wurdeman about preserving an 8,000-year-old Georgian wine tradition. Plus, Sally Swift gets the lowdown on tahini from Adeena Sussman.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Krishnendu Ray talks with Von Diaz about the history of immigrant foods and their (eventual) acceptance in America. In addition, Molly Birnbaum from America's Test Kitchen examines the challenges of eggs, Steve Sando tells Lynne Rossetto Kasper about what it's like being an heirloom bean entrepreneur, and Marisa Huff explains northern Italy's "aperitivo" time to Shauna Sever. Plus, "Queen of Herbs" Jekka McVicar's ode to rosemary.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Will Allen tells us how he feeds 10,000 people a year from a three-acre farm in the poorest part of Milwaukee. We talk to Amy Bentley, author of Inventing Baby Food. Adam Leith Gollner explored Abruzzo, Italy, which he says is "hidden in plain sight," and Barbara Mazur discovered The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook in the rare book room at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The Sterns share their soul food picks -- in Orlando, Florida.

Friday, July 17, 2015Friday, July 8, 2016

We're in the New York City kitchen of legendary chef Daniel Boulud for another installment of The Key 3. David Tanis tries to convince us to eat seaweed, and we play Stump the Cook with Frank DeCaro, author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook.

Saturday, June 23, 2012Saturday, June 15, 2013Friday, July 1, 2016

Lynne Rossetto Kasper chats with Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford about their new book, Samarkand, a collection of essays, photos, and recipes from central Asia. In addition, Steven Satterfield offers us his favorite recipe for cold brine-pickled blackberries, culinary historian Michael Twitty tells Joe Yonan about his deeply personal look at the African-American/Southern food tradition in The Cooking Gene, and Molly Birnbaum from America's Test Kitchen checks in with Sally Swift about the very best part of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Friday, June 24, 2016

This week Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, and student Chanson Goodson tell us why the Dallas school converted its football field into a garden. Contributor Noelle Carter looks at the world of sake making with sake brewer Gordon Heady. Contributor Melissa Clark talks to food critic Robert Sietsema about his new book, New York in a Dozen Dishes. Freelance journalist Jason Strother takes us to a restaurant serving Mexican-Korean food in Seoul. And in celebration of The Splendid Table’s 20th anniversary, we revisit an interview with Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish, about the history and health of the four species of fish that dominate our menus.

Friday, June 19, 2015Friday, June 17, 2016

Guest host David Leite talks to Augusten Burroughs about the latter's new memoir, Noelle Carter explores the food of Lima with Virgilio Martinez, and Shauna Sever discusses Italy's history of food preservation with Domenica Marchetti. Plus, David builds the perfect pie crust with Art of the Pie's Kate McDermott, and Lynne Rossetto Kasper checks in with Jekka McVicar on the wonders of lemon balm.

Friday, June 10, 2016

This week we hear about the eating strategies of the world’s healthiest people with Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. We look at the past, present and future of the most popular fruit, the banana, with Nicole Vitello, president of Equal Exchange Bananas. Chef Rick Bayless gives us a lesson in the Mexican way with vegetables. His latest book is More Mexican Everyday. Nongkran Daks, author of Nong's Thai Kitchen, shares how to make curry paste at home, and research scientist Heidi Appel says plants can hear when they are being eaten.

Friday, June 5, 2015Friday, June 3, 2016

Guest host Francis Lam talks to Will Guidara about what defines great service, Joe Yonan finds meatless smoking options with Project Smoke author Steve Raichlen, and Corey Lee tells Francis about his new "covers" restaurant. Plus, Melissa Clark gets a refresher on low-alcohol summer drinks from Spritz co-author Talia Baiocchi.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Brian Wansink, author of Slim by Design, shares the latest findings on why we eat what we do, beer expert Greg Engert gives us a taste of the delicious world of spontaneous fermentation and Maryann Tebben joins us to talk about her book, Sauces: A Global History. Carla Seidl visits the mill Carolina Ground, and Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire, explains the role cooking played in the evolution of humans.

Friday, May 22, 2015Friday, May 20, 2016

This week we talk to hunger activist Robert Egger of L.A. Kitchen about his work feeding seniors, one of the fastest growing underfed populations. Molly Birnbaum, executive editor of Cook's Science at America’s Test Kitchen, is back with her monthly check-in. This time it’s goat's versus cow's milk. Plus Spring chef Skye Gyngell chats with contributor Noelle Carter about seasonal cooking, Taste of Home's Mark Hagen explains rhubarb and we visit the shop True Treats Candy with Susan Benjamin, author of Sweet as Sin.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Journalist Barry Estabrook exposed the dark side of Florida’s tomato crop in his best-selling book Tomatoland. He now takes on the pork industry with his latest book, Pig Tales. We get exuberant and professional help with our picnics from Jen Stevenson, a member of The Portland Picnic Society and co-author of the book The Picnic. Robyn Lea, author of Dinner with Jackson Pollock, shares how she discovered Jackson Pollock's recipes, and Shauna Sever, author of Real Sweet, has alternatives to refined sugar. The Sterns are at Honey from the Rock Café in Augusta, Georgia.

Friday, May 8, 2015Friday, May 6, 2016

This week we talk to chef Lenny Russo about the realities of committing to local and sustainable in a Midwestern restaurant. He is the author of Heartland. We look into the heart of Basque cooking with Alexandra Raij, co-author of The Basque Book, and we get a lesson in how to make nut milks with Dina Cheney, author of The New Milks. Plus, we hear about restaurant regulars and Paris' meat vending machines.

Friday, April 29, 2016

This week we talk to David Gelb, creator of the Netflix series Chef's Table. We get indoor gardening advice from Elizabeth Millard, author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. Diana Henry shares ideas for cooking chicken, and Tara Whitsitt explains Fermentation on Wheels, her mobile fermentation project. We also revisit a piece about Nikolai Vavilov, a Russian botanist who collected seeds, with author Gary Nabhan.

Friday, April 24, 2015Friday, April 22, 2016

Chris Schonberger, editor in chief of First We Feast, joins us with an insider’s view of the problems surrounding modern food journalism. We learn how the "Vietnamese Madonna" opened a California sandwich shop, and we look at the newest rage in greens -- sea greens -- with Barton Seaver, author of Superfood Seagreens. Plus Lucky Peach's Chris Ying explains how to cook sausage, and Floyd Cardoz shares a curry perfect for weeknights.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Contributor Melissa Clark digs into the fragrant food of Lebanon with Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. Jeremy Nolen, author of New German Cooking, says German food is more than sauerkraut and schnitzel. Kimberly Jung co-founded Rumi Spice, a business that buys saffron directly from Afghan farmers. We meet up with a man with synesthesia -- he tastes what he hears -- and learn about his project to map out the tastes of the London Underground. Neil Kelley, a research fellow at the Smithsonian, explains what we can learn about animals' diets from studying their skull and teeth. The Sterns visit The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant in New Orleans.

Friday, April 10, 2015Friday, April 8, 2016

Mexican chef Enrique Olvera joins us this week with a conversation about modern Mexican food. His new book is Mexico from the Inside Out. Melissa Clark talks to Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard, authors of Koreatown: A Cookbook, and Molly Birnbaum, executive editor of Cook’s Science at America’s Test Kitchen, gives us a primer on scallops. Plus Gary Nabhan explains Tucson's new UNESCO designation: City of Gastronomy.

Friday, April 1, 2016

We’re talking to journalist Tom Philpott of Mother Jones about the dark side of everyone’s favorite nut, the almond. Sarah Copeland, author of Feast, explains what it means to eat 90 percent vegetarian. The Sioux Chef's Sean Sherman specializes in Native American food with indigenous ingredients. Jane and Michael Stern share a regional treasure from Pennsylvania, the zep.

Friday, March 27, 2015Friday, March 25, 2016

We talk to Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein about her intriguing book, The Dirt Cure. Molly Birnbaum, executive editor of Cook’s Science at America’s Test Kitchen, explains why lamb tastes like lamb, and Bee Wilson has come to believe that changing what we like to eat is the real key to tackling the obesity crisis. Her book is First Bite. Plus Katie Parla, co-author of Tasting Rome, on Rome's changing cuisine and The Sporkful's Dan Pashman on dining out in a wheelchair.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Guest host David Leite talks to Dr. Drew Ramsey about the connection between food and mental health, journalist Lisa Morehouse reports on Chinese food at the Mexican border, and we dig into the freshly fermented gherkins, dill and fragrant sunflower oil of Olia Hercules' childhood in Ukraine. Her new book is Mamushka. Plus, why musician Kelis Rogers, author of My Life on a Plate, attended culinary school.

Friday, March 11, 2016

This week we hear about a group of renegade Montana farmers and their quest to change the farming industry from Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America. We talk to chef Eric Ripert about his recent travels, and we have an encore performance of the day Lynne taught violinist Joshua Bell how to cook pasta.

Friday, March 13, 2015Friday, March 4, 2016

We are looking at the history of the chicken with Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?  Lynne blind tastes California olive oils, and Edd Kimber explains the proper way to make scones. In honor of our 20th anniversary we’re revisiting a 2008 interview with David Lett, the groundbreaking American winemaker behind The Eyrie Vineyards.

Friday, February 27, 2015Friday, February 26, 2016

It's The Splendid Table's 600th episode! Managing Producer Sally Swift guest hosts this week’s show. Nopi's Yotam Ottolenghi explains his latest cookbook, and food critic Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post talks about selecting the top 10 food cities in the U.S. Tamar Adler visited Cuba for Vogue Magazine, and we get a primer in making yogurt with Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of Yogurt Culture. Plus, we have an interview about food politics with singer/rapper/writer Dessa from the 20th anniversary live stage show in October 2015.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Perfumer and chef Mandy Aftel explains the connection between scent and emotion. Her book is Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. The Sterns have found a first-rate gluten-free bakery at Mama’s Cheese Bread Factory in Brookfield, Connecticut, and Lisa Gross talks about The League of Kitchens, an organization where immigrants teach others to cook. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt debunks five myths about cast iron, while Fuchsia Dunlop cooks Gong Bao Chicken.

Friday, February 13, 2015Friday, February 12, 2016

Guest host Melissa Clark of The New York Times heads up a big show this week when we launch a new monthly partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. The premise? Good cooks are not born, they are made. Molly Birnbaum, executive editor of Cook’s Science at America’s Test Kitchen, gives us our first lesson: how to cut an onion. Grocery stores are full of choices, or are they? Journalist Simran Sethi, author of Bread, Wine and Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, weighs in. Matt Goulding of Roads & Kingdoms takes us deep into Japan’s food culture with his new book, Rice, Noodle, Fish. Plus Alex Stupak, author of Tacos, explains how to make tortillas at home, Sam Seneviratne, author of The New Sugar and Spice, talks spices, and Lynne Rossetto Kasper tastes six brands of apple cider vinegar.

Friday, February 5, 2016