Episodes

Host Francis Lam chats with Osayi Endolyn about her introduction to Hoppin' John, and how it led her to explore both her personal background and the influence of African cuisine on the American South. Later, he discusses the intricacies of preparing chicken with Chef Jacques Pépin and building the Impossible Burger with Kurt Soller from Bon Appétit. Also, Melissa Clark talks with the Sporkful's Dan Pashman about his interview with the Greensboro Four's Joseph McNeil. And for dessert, Tucker Shaw from Cook's Country has the sweet secret to perfecting New Jersey Crumb Buns.

Friday, September 2, 2016Friday, February 17, 2017

Lynne Rossetto Kasper shares her retirement announcement with The Splendid Table listeners and welcomes new show host Francis Lam. Writer Lisa Napoli investigates Ray and Joan Kroc, the power couple behind the beginning of the McDonald's empire. Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine take their wonderful online food show The Perennial Plate to Ireland, where they learn about turf-smoked salmon and find themselves in unique situations with chef Katie Sanderson. Tucker Shaw from America's Test Kitchen shares his team's tips for keeping your sink, sponges and refrigerator safe and sanitary. Plus, YouTube sensation Hannah Hart on how she unexpectedly created a online community with My Drunk Kitchen.

Friday, February 10, 2017

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, 2016Friday, February 3, 2017

There is a wonderful wide world of potatoes out there, and nearly limitless ways to cook with them. Ragavhan Iyer explores them all in his new book Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked - and Fried Too! Food writer Joe Yonan considers the hippest, new meat substitute - jackfruit - and says cooking with it doesn't come without difficulties. Although some home chefs are intimidated by sourdough starters, America's Test Kitchen's Bridget Lancaster says making one is as simple as caring for a goldfish. She invites us into her kitchen for a quick lesson. Former Culture editor Elaine Khosrova shares with us the rich history of butter. And Andrea Cherng remembers growing up in a restaurant family and talks about the importance of both Chinese and American culture to her Panda Express chain.

Friday, January 27, 2017

What should we expect from the people who sell us food? We get an opinion from cheesemonger and food retailer Steve Jenkins. Tucker Shaw of Cook's Science reveals some new tips and tricks from America's Test Kitchen. Contributor Von Diaz talks to chef Justin Warner about his theories on flavor pairings. He is author of The Laws of Cooking, which includes the law of peanut butter and jelly and the law of gin and tonic. Walden Hill's Jennifer Milikowsky explains why she brought the European tradition of acorn-finished pork to the U.S., and Gordon Edgar, author of Cheddar, shares the cheese's history.

Friday, January 22, 2016Friday, January 20, 2017

J. Kenji López-Alt (Serious Eats, The Food Lab) takes us around the world in search of unique breakfasts. Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza from America's Test Kitchen look at the science and skill of using bitterness in your cooking. Food journalist and matriarch Betty Fussell shares insight from her illustrious career in Eat, Live, Love, Die. Field reporter Shaina Shealy looks at the tradition and turmoil that comes with olive harvest season in the West Bank. Dan Zigmond finds the middle way to health and happiness by following Buddha's Diet.

Friday, January 13, 2017

This week we’re talking to Indian food authority Madhur Jaffrey about her latest book, Vegetarian India. We're going inside the Middle Eastern pantry with Doc Willoughby from America's Test Kitchen. Contributor David Leite interviews journalist Tim Neville about his trip to the Swiss Alps to immerse himself in the art of fondue. Noelle Carter meets up with Toni Tipton-Martin, author of The Jemima Code, and Joe Yonan speaks with chef Tal Ronnen, author of Crossroads, about vegan cooking.

Friday, January 8, 2016Friday, January 6, 2017

This week, we learn what it takes to be a cheesemonger with Steve Jones, proprietor of Cheese Bar in Portland, Ore. We're also looking at willpower with John Tierney, co-author of Willpower, Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. And Jane and Michael Stern are breakfasting at Green Salmon in Yachats, Ore.

Saturday, January 21, 2012Saturday, January 19, 2013Friday, December 30, 2016

Britain’s Nigella Lawson joins us with her deeply personal book, Simply Nigella. The Sterns have found first-rate chocolate at L.A. Burdick in Walpole, New Hampshire, and famed Spanish chef Ferran Adrià joins us with a conversation recorded at the "Notes on Creativity" exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Zahav's Michael Solomonov talks about Israeli cuisine, and wine writer Karen MacNeil shares her port picks.

Friday, December 18, 2015Friday, December 23, 2016

The Splendid Table partners with America's Test Kitchen for a holiday special to help with the menu, drink list, and conversation at your party.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Madeline Puckette on the red wines of Valpolicella, Luisa Weiss on classic German holiday baking, Linnea Burnham travels the world of cheese, Stanley Ginsberg on rye bread, and Lisa Morehouse meets the Pastry Queen of Sicily.

Friday, December 16, 2016

We have an interview with a legendary iconoclast, South American chef Francis Mallmann, from our 20th anniversary celebration at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. His latest book is Mallmann on Fire. We hear about some off-the-beaten-track Chinese cooking techniques from Kian Lam Kho, author of Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees. We learn about alternatives to homemade stock with Susan Volland, author of Mastering Sauces. And Hartwood's Eric Werner talks about his restaurant, which is located in Tulum, Mexico.

Friday, December 4, 2015Friday, December 9, 2016

Spice master Lior Lev Sercarz introduces three exotic spices. Molly Birnbaum from America's Test Kitchen explains the secret behind perfect pineapple rolls. Dorie Greenspan promotes world peace through cookies. Fig biologist Mike Shanahan talks about the unique relationship between wasps and figs around the world. And SAVEUR's Leslie Pariseau takes us to Norway for a look at the importance of dried cod.

Friday, December 2, 2016

This week we talk to London’s culinary sensations Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi about their new book, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, we look at honey varietals with Marina Marchese, author of The Honey Connoisseur, and Melissa Clark talks to Improvised Life’s Sally Schneider about gifts for the cook in your life.

Friday, December 6, 2013Friday, December 12, 2014Friday, November 25, 2016

The Splendid Table presented Turkey Confidential 2016, our annual live Thanksgiving call-in show. Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper came to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on the biggest cooking day of the year. This year, Lynne will field listeners' questions with the help of America's Test Kitchen co-host Bridget LancasterMario BataliFrancis LamMelissa Clark, and A Prairie Home Companion's Chris Thile.  Our friends at America's Test Kitchen also pulled together a complete Thanksgiving Celebration Menu for The Splendid Table listeners to make Thanksgiving even easier.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Indian chef Vikas Khanna joins us with a lesson in humility, gratitude and a vegetarian take on the Thanksgiving feast. His latest book is Indian Harvest. Australia's Donna Hay brings us inspiration for updating our Thanksgiving side dishes. Bon Appetit's editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport has tips for being a good guest, and Jane and Michael Stern of Roadfood.com weigh in on the stuffing-versus-dressing debate. Plus Aubry and Kale Walch, co-owners of Minneapolis-based The Herbivorous Butcher, explain how they make their line of meat- and cheese-like products that are vegan.

Friday, November 20, 2015Friday, November 18, 2016

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain (Photo: Dimitrios Kambrouris/Getty)

In addition to our regular episodes, we occasionally offer Splendid Table Sides - extended interviews and other bonus cuts that don’t make it into the broadcast show. For this Side, Anthony Bourdain joins Lynne Rossetto Kasper talk about his new book, Appetites, the stress of cooking for five people versus 500, making Spam musubi for his daughter's school lunch, and his Oval Office-approved opinion on the matter of ketchup on a hot dog.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Rockstar chef Anthony Bourdain talks about calming the chaos of a holiday kitchen. Wine expert Jancis Robinson has holiday wine suggestions for serving and gifting. Then, Lynne Rossetto Kasper talks with Vivian Howard about her family connection to sweet potatoes. And contributor Jennie Cecil Moore visits Minnesota for a wild rice harvest and look at efforts to preserve the native grain.

Friday, November 11, 2016

We look at the bitters craze with Mark Bitterman, author of Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters and Amari. Blogger Alana Chernila joins us with her new book, The Homemade Kitchen. Alan Muskat explains his forage-to-table tours, while the Sterns visit The Cupboard Restaurant in Memphis. And in honor of the show's 20th anniversary, we revisit a piece with journalist Anna Badkhen, author of Peace Meals.

Friday, November 6, 2015Friday, November 4, 2016

Marcus Samuelsson takes Melissa Clark on a personalized tour of Harlem, the neighborhood he has called home for over a decade. Later, Charlotte Druckman gives Melanie Dunea the secret to cast-iron baking, and Robert Simonson tells Joe Yonan the story behind the craft cocktail revival. In addition, Sally Swift talks with Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema on the role of a critic in the age of Yelp, and Beth Dooley shares what inspired her food-writing career with Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Ruth Reichl joins us with the backstory of her latest book, My Kitchen Year, and we talk to Emeril Lagasse about the recipes he finds essential. His latest book is Essential Emeril. Chef Lidia Bastianich shares what she cooked for the pope, and Jane and Michael Stern are at the Garnet Café in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Friday, October 9, 2015Friday, October 21, 2016

Apple breeder David Bedford comes in from the orchard to let Lynne Rossetto Kasper sample the latest apple flavors, and Molly Birnbaum from America's Test Kitchen helps Sally Swift with the science behind a mushroom's durability. Also, David Leite chats with Molly Yeh about her new cookbook and her journey from Juilliard to a rural Minnesota farm, Von Diaz talks with Tunde Wey about his Blackness in America dinners, and Russ Parsons looks at the "artisanal" food and drink boom with Patric Kuh.

Friday, October 14, 2016

This week we have a conversation between Michael Ruhlman, author of The Book of Schmaltz, and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern about cooking with fat, the Sterns join us with their take on the best regional American pizza, Bon Appétit’s Adam Rapoport teaches us a simplified duck confit recipe, and travel and food writer Anya Von Bremzen talks about her memoir, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking.

Friday, October 4, 2013Friday, October 10, 2014Friday, October 7, 2016

Paul Freedman gives Lynne Rossetto Kasper the names of the ten restaurants that changed America. Lynne also talks with Melanie Dunea about the latter's conversation with Sylvia Weinstock, who is still making artisan cakes at 87 years old. In addition, Noelle Carter chats with author Michelle McKenzie about a unique use for fig leaves, David Leite gets the lowdown on turmeric from Julie Sahni, and Von Diaz tells us what we need to know about natto.

Friday, September 30, 2016

It’s Serious Eats’ science superstar J. Kenji Lopez-Alt with his new book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, talks about the role of smell and taste in memory. Musician Sammy Hagar, author of Are We Having Any Fun Yet?, compares cooking to writing a song. James Nienhuis, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, explains what paintings show about the history of vegetable domestication. Jane and Michael Stern report on the High Desert Market Café in Bisbee, Arizona.

Friday, September 25, 2015Friday, September 23, 2016