Episodes by year

British food writer Nigel Slater, author of Tender, joins us with his take on the holiday meal; Edward Behr has a new book, The Art of Eating Cookbook; and Andrew Schloss, author of Homemade Soda, brings some non-alcoholic suggestions for the holiday.

Saturday, December 24, 2011Saturday, December 29, 2012

Opinionated cheesemonger Steve Jenkins brings us his annual cheese picks for the holidays. We check in with writer Junot Diaz about the Dominican food of his childhood. He is the author of the award-winning book This Is How You Lose Her. And Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life has inspiring thoughts on making small tables large and beautiful for next to nothing.

Saturday, December 22, 2012Friday, December 27, 2013

Childhood nostalgia comes full circle with pastry chef Christina Tosi and her new book, Momofuku Milk Bar. Food Stylist Annie Rigg joins us with her charmingly British take on homemade gifts. Her book is Gifts From the Kitchen. John Moe takes on techy food gifts. And Jane and Michael Stern have declared Los Angeles as the best city for 24-hour eating.

Saturday, December 17, 2011Saturday, December 15, 2012

This week we talk about eating on the road with rapper and poet Dessa. We head into Lynne's kitchen with comedian Lizz Winstead for another round of The Key 3. Winstead's new collection of essays is Lizz Free or Die. And we talk to Dr. Andrew Weil about what we really should be worrying about when we worry about what we eat.

Saturday, December 8, 2012Friday, December 13, 2013

This week, Markus Bachmann of Sonor Wines explains how he uses music in the fermenting process. We talk to Stephanie Pierson, author of The Brisket Book; we visit a beer stock exchange in Washington, D.C.; and Jane and Michael Stern head to Lafayette, La.

Saturday, December 10, 2011Saturday, December 1, 2012

This week chef and journalist, Michael Ruhlman joins us with his new book Ruhlman's Twenty, 20 Techniques, 100 Recipes, A Cook's Manifesto. Jane and Michael Stern are at Steve's Pig and Ox Roast in Lackawanna, N.Y., and Diana Henry, author of Plenty: Good Uncomplicated Food for the Sustainable Kitchen brings us the latest in vegetable cookery from the British Isles.

Saturday, November 12, 2011Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanks again to Marcus Samuelsson, Rick Bayless, Ina Garten and Peter Sagal for joining us live on Thanksgiving morning.

In addition to the recipes featured below, several other menus were referenced.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

It's our annual get-ready–for-the-feast broadcast with writer and comedian Mo Rocca; journalist Alex Witchel, author of All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia. With Refreshments; and David Leite, of Leite’s Culinaria, takes on the carving knife.

Saturday, November 17, 2012Friday, November 15, 2013

We take a look at the specialty coffee movement with Michaele Weissman, author of God in a Cup. Britain's Diana Henry, author of Plenty: Good, uncomplicated food for the sustainable kitchen joins us with her take on where to look for flavor inspiration. And Andy Crouch, author of Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries, introduces us to "session beer."

Saturday, November 13, 2010Saturday, November 10, 2012

This week Seattle chef Tom Douglas joins us for another installment of The Key 3. His book is The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. Award-winning photographer Penny De Los Santos talks about what she really captures when she snaps a food photo. And we talk to Todd Selby about his unusual book, Edible Selby.

Saturday, November 3, 2012Friday, November 8, 2013Friday, October 23, 2015

This week we're looking at the resurgence of cooking with lard with Charleston, S.C., chef Sean Brock. Chef Susan Feniger joins us with her book Street Food, and The New York Times wine columnist Eric Asimov, author of How to Love Wine, shares his observations from the wine world.

Saturday, October 20, 2012Friday, October 25, 2013Friday, November 13, 2015

New York Times columnist Melissa Clark brings us new ideas for fall vegetables from her book Cook This Now. Also, the appetites of insects with Marlene Zuk, author of Sex on Six Legs. And Jane and Michael Stern have found the pinnacle of cafe coffee in Iowa.

Saturday, October 15, 2011Saturday, October 13, 2012

This week, chef John Besh teaches us how to fry an egg in The Key 3. We take an adventure in sustainable eating with the duo from The Perennial Plate, and we look at the spread of Japanese food in America with Daisuke Utagawa of Sushiko.

Saturday, October 6, 2012Friday, October 11, 2013Friday, November 27, 2015

We are having a conversation with the original star chef, Jacques Pepin, we talk to Ina Lipkowitz, author of Words to Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language, and we turn to Indian chef Vikas Khanna to learn about his culinary and broadcast journey in India.

Saturday, October 1, 2011Saturday, September 29, 2012Friday, November 14, 2014

This week is a road trip to New Orleans. Guests include Leah Chase of the legendary Dooky Chase's Restaurant; journalist Lolis Eric Elie; WWNO's Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats!; and mixologist Chris McMillian. Plus, Jane and Michael Stern escort us around the annual Roadfood Festival.

Saturday, September 22, 2012Saturday, September 14, 2013

Southern chef Bill Smith, of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, joins us for the next installment of The Key 3. Jesse Griffiths helps us examine our relationship with hunting, and we take a look at an unusual find in the wine world: orange wine.

Saturday, September 15, 2012Saturday, August 31, 2013

Award-winning writer Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table, teaches us the French way with beef stews and Lynne shares her favorite tomatoes. Janet Hurst brings her take on homemade cheese, Jane and Michael Stern are eating famous Rhode Island chicken dinners, and we turn to pasta with Domenica Marchetti, author of The Glorious Pasta of Italy.

Saturday, September 17, 2011Saturday, September 8, 2012

This week, we meet up with celebrity chef Silvena Rowe, author of Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume. Jane and Michael Stern have uncovered the West Indies Salad, and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi plays Stump the Cook.

Saturday, September 3, 2011Saturday, September 1, 2012Friday, September 27, 2013

Jay McInerney joins us with his latest wine book, The Juice. Tracie McMillan has gone undercover in the American food industry, and we look at the vegetarian traditions in Morocco with Jeff Koehler.

Saturday, August 25, 2012Saturday, August 17, 2013

This week, we are reintroduced to one of America's greatest tastemakers: Mark Twain. Andrew Beahrs, author of Twain's Feast, joins us. We'll figure out something to do with all that zucchini your friends have been bringing over, and Jane and Michael Stern have found freshly shucked clam pizza at Zuppardi's Apizza in West Haven, Conn.

Saturday, August 28, 2010Saturday, August 18, 2012

We celebrate Julia Child's birthday this week, listening to some early Splendid Table interviews with the grand lady. Ted Allen joins us as our celebrity stumpmaster in another round of Stump the Cook, and David Leite returns with a fresh look at a European favorite, Nutella. Chinese chef and scholar Ken Hom gives us a culinary tour of China.

Saturday, August 11, 2012Saturday, August 3, 2013

We look at the surprising politics of Florida's winter tomatoes with investigative journalist Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland. Jane and Michael Stern take on the South's favorite cocktail accompaniment, pimento cheese. And Francis Lam, the features editor at Gilt Taste, joins Lynne to talk about how to do great things with what we usually throw out.

Saturday, August 20, 2011Saturday, August 4, 2012

We're back with another episode of our Key 3 series, interviews with chefs and good cooks about the three recipes they think other good cooks should know. This week it's Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life. The Sterns are in Michigan eating boozy cakes made by monks at The Jampot, and John Schlimm has some recipes for the vegan griller.

Saturday, July 28, 2012Saturday, July 20, 2013

This week we're cooling off with homemade ice cream from ice cream maven Jeni Britton Bauer, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, shares her recipe for cool Vietnamese noodle salads. Susan Glasser, former editor in chief of Foreign Policy, talks about the ways in which food is used as a political tool from the story "Eat, Drink, Protest,"  which appeared in Foreign Policy's food issue (Glasser is now editor of Politico). The Wall Street Journal's Katy McLaughlin explains her story on edible fashionJane and Michael Stern visit Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana.

 

Saturday, August 6, 2011Saturday, July 21, 2012Friday, August 29, 2014

This week, we're looking at home brewing with William Bostwick. Also: Japanese grilling with Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat, grilling wines with Ray Isle, and we go into the world of a flavor scientist.

Saturday, July 30, 2011Saturday, July 14, 2012

We look at the rebirth of Spanish food post-Franco with culinary historian Claudia Roden, author of The Food of Spain. Jane and Michael Stern are at the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio. Restaurateur Andy Ricker of Pok Pok introduces us to Asian drinking vinegars.

Saturday, July 23, 2011Saturday, July 7, 2012

This week, we're hunting and gathering at water's edge with Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook. Also, wine entrepreneur Joshua Wesson brings us his favorite bottles to sip with hot dogs, and Sally Schneider of The Improvised Life tells us how to get the most from the season's fresh cherries.

Saturday, July 2, 2011Saturday, June 30, 2012

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

Food writer Melissa Clark has some ideas about what to pack for a picnic. Singer Sheryl Crow brings her new book, If It Makes You Healthy. Jane and Michael Stern collect their timeless roadfood finds, and we check in with the boys behind The Dinner Party.

Saturday, June 11, 2011Saturday, June 16, 2012

We learn some unconventional grilling techniques this week from Adam Perry Lang, author of Charred and Scruffed. Travel + Leisure magazine's Peter Jon Lindberg reports on the affordable food scene in Hawaii, and food scientist Harold McGee brings us some surprising news about the best way to thaw frozen meat.

Saturday, June 9, 2012Saturday, June 1, 2013Friday, June 12, 2015

This week Lynne plays Stump the Cook with chef Mario Batali. Authors Mike Faverman and Pat Mac take on dining in the great outdoors with their book Ultimate Camp Cooking. And Jane and Michael Stern have tracked down the very best in corned beef hash.

Saturday, June 25, 2011Saturday, June 2, 2012Saturday, July 6, 2013

Chef Roberto Santibañez, author of Truly Mexican, introduces us to the Mexican world of pipianes. Sally Schneider discusses her short list of favorite blogs, and Jane and Michael Stern have found first-rate Mexican food at a gas station in Dallas.

Saturday, May 21, 2011Saturday, May 26, 2012

We have another installment in our series The Key 3, interviews with chefs and good cooks about the three recipes other good cooks should know. This week it's award-winning chef Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill, N.C. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas, and we hear about the Vietnamese tradition of monthly rice from journalist Claudia Kolker.

Saturday, May 19, 2012Saturday, May 18, 2013

This week, Lynne is out of the studio and into the world of honey bees with researcher Marla Spivak. Travel + Leisure Magazine's Peter Jon Lindberg has unearthed good food in unlikely places, and British horticulturalist Jekka McVicar brings us her pick of unusual culinary herbs to grow in your back yard.

Saturday, May 28, 2011Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mexican chef Pati Jinich, host of PBS's "Pati's Mexican Table," joins us with her take on authentic Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Jane and Michael Stern are at Eckl's Beef & Weck in Orchard Park, N.Y. And we talk to food activist and MacArthur Fellow (Genius Award recipient) Will Allen about his book, The Good Food Revolution.

Saturday, May 5, 2012Saturday, May 4, 2013

This week, we meet Britain's latest culinary phenomenon, columnist and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi, author of the vegetarian best-seller Plenty: Vibrant Dishes from London's Ottolenghi. Jane and Michael Stern are taking on a classic: a fish boil in Door County, Wis. Food & Wine Magazine's Ray Isle explains the beauty of wine blends, and we meet a historian who has put together the first African-American heritage seed collection.

Saturday, May 7, 2011Saturday, April 28, 2012

We meet up with JJ Goode, a culinary ghostwriter, Jane and Michael Stern are back from New Orleans with fresh finds, and we talk to Wine & Spirits editor Tara Q. Thomas about Greek wines.

Saturday, April 21, 2012Saturday, April 20, 2013

This week, it's another installment of our series The Key 3, conversations with good cooks about the three recipes they think are essential. Lidia Bastianich takes us into the kitchen of Felidia in NYC to teach us her key pasta recipes. Also, Jane and Michael Stern are at The Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, Va., and Hank Shaw teaches us to harvest spring trees.

Saturday, April 14, 2012Saturday, April 13, 2013

This week, we go into the kitchen of Somali chef Jamal Hashi. John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report, looks at the world of culinary apps. And Jane and Michael Stern take us to New Jersey for pork rolls.

Saturday, April 9, 2011Saturday, April 7, 2012

National Geographic explorer Barton Seaver joins us with his take on seasonal seafood. He is the author of For Cod and Country. Tea merchant Bill Waddington introduces us to the newest category of teas just discovered in China: dark tea. And Jane and Michael Stern are at the Sweet Water Cafe in Marquette, Mich.

Saturday, March 31, 2012Saturday, March 30, 2013

This week, Ruth Reichl takes a look back at Britain's culinary groundbreaker Elizabeth David. Jane and Michael Stern are at The Southern Kitchen in New Market, Va., and our wine guy Joshua Wesson brings his short list of wines that are sure to become your BFFs.

Saturday, March 26, 2011Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is featured in our series The Key 3. Jane and Michael Stern are eating classic Mexican in Mesilla, N.M., and we talk to Crescent Dragonwagon about her latest book, Bean by Bean.

Saturday, March 17, 2012Saturday, March 16, 2013Friday, January 2, 2015

This week, New York Times columnist Matt Gross explains why he has fallen in love with schnapps. We're talking to Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, about our sometimes puzzling relationship with meat. And Diana Henry, author of Plenty, brings us a decidedly British take on leftovers.

Saturday, February 5, 2011Saturday, March 10, 2012

This week, we talk to Andrea Nguyen about her latest book, Asian Tofu. Jane and Michael Stern are on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at the Exmore Diner. We get a smell tour of Seattle with researcher Victoria Henshaw, and we talk to Renee Shepherd of Renee's Garden about the newest in culinary seeds.

Saturday, March 3, 2012Saturday, March 2, 2013

This week, we meet up with chef Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter. Jane and Michael Stern are eating at Flip's BBQ in Wilmington, N.C. We learn to corn our own beef, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, with John Kowalski of the Culinary Institute of America. And veterinarian Gary Weitzman, author of The Art Of Charcuterie and animal adviser for WAMU's The Animal House, tells us what we really need to be feeding our pets.

Saturday, February 26, 2011Saturday, February 25, 2012

This week we play another round of Stump the Cook with Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi. We meet Erin Byers Murray, author of the memoir Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm, and we look at low-alcohol wines with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, author of Drink This: Wine Made Simple.

Saturday, February 18, 2012Saturday, February 16, 2013Friday, March 6, 2015

We look at the food life of Thailand with David Thompson, author of Thai Street Food. Then, it's the mysterious eel with James Prosek, author of Eels, An Exploration, From New Zealand To The Saragasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish. And Gilt Taste's Francis Lam teaches us to make Ginger Milk Pudding.

Saturday, February 19, 2011Saturday, February 11, 2012

This week in The Key 3, it's Thai food expert Andy Ricker. Jane and Michael Stern are at Sylvan Park in Nashville, Tenn. We take on homemade mustards with Los Angeles Times reporter Noelle Carter, and we look at the food world through its knives with Allegra McEvedy, author of Bought, Borrowed & Stolen.

Saturday, February 4, 2012Saturday, February 2, 2013

This week, we meet Nordic chef Rene Redzepi, author of Noma, Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine. The Sterns are at Hathaway's Coffee Shop in Cincinnati, and Jenna Woginrich gives advice on raising egg-laying chickens in the city.

Saturday, January 29, 2011Saturday, January 28, 2012

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

Chinese chef Ming Tsai joins us with his Asian-influenced take on one-pot cooking. His book is Simply Ming One-Pot Meals. The Sterns are in Atlanta at Mary Mac's Tea Room, Tom Owen of the coffee website Sweet Maria's shares his guide to home roasting and Harold McGee talks pasta. Plus James Oliver Cury shares highlights from his vintage food- and drink-themed record collection.

Saturday, January 15, 2011Saturday, January 14, 2012Thursday, December 31, 2015

This week it's a look at the sometimes scandalous world of olive oil with Tom Mueller author of Extra Virginity. Legendary vegetarian cook Anna Thomas brings us her take on steaming bowls of green soup for the winter months. Her book is Love Soup. We talk with Christian DeBenedetti about his book The Great American Ale Trail, and play another round of Stump the Cook with Modern Family's Ty Burrell.

Saturday, January 7, 2012Saturday, January 12, 2013