Episodes by year

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

We are taking on the Christmas goose with Hank Shaw, author of Duck, Duck, Goose, master baker Alice Medrich takes on chocolate with her book Seriously Bitter Sweet, Jane and Michael Stern bring us the best in holiday pies, and Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Cuisine talks about what it takes to capture the best food photos.

Friday, December 20, 2013Friday, December 26, 2014

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 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

Amy Sedaris is stopping by with some gift-giving help from her hilarious book Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. Jane and Michael Stern are at Hartley's Pork Pies in Fall River, Mass., and Mexican cook Fany Gerson introduces us to the unusual sweets of Mexico with her book My Sweet Mexico.

Saturday, December 11, 2010Saturday, December 3, 2011Friday, November 29, 2013

Turkey Confidential is our annual live call-in show. Thanks to our guests: Mario Batali, Pati Jinich, Ted Allen and Michael PollanIf you don't see enough Thanksgiving recipes below, here are all of them.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

It’s our get-ready-for-the-big-feast broadcast with best-selling author Mollie Katzen, author of The Heart of the Plate. Mollie takes on the vegetarian feast while Food & Wine’s Ray Isle deals with the wine, Mexican chef Pati Jinich, author of Pati’s Mexican Table, bring us her Mexican way with a turkey (swaddled in banana leaf), and Cheryl Day of Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Ga., covers the pies.

Friday, November 22, 2013

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

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 it’s surprising cooking techniques from Andrew Schloss, author of Cooking Slow, we have a conversation with Food & Wine magazine’s Ray Isle about protecting America’s historic grapevines, and we talk to New York Times columnist David Tanis about his book One Good Dish.

Friday, November 1, 2013Friday, November 7, 2014

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

Chef Daniel Boulud talks to Dorie Greenspan about his book Daniel: My French Cuisine, we look at the basics of cooking with coconut oil with culinary nutritionist Tricia Williams, and Jane and Michael Stern bring us the best in non-chain steak houses.

Friday, October 18, 2013Friday, October 24, 2014

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

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

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

It’s a look at the newest in culinary exotica, salt block cooking, with Mark Bitterman, author of Salt Block Cooking, and we go behind the scenes of cookbook production with recipe tester Ian Knauer.

Saturday, September 21, 2013Friday, September 26, 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

This week we’re looking at buttermilk with Diane St. Clair, author of The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, we talk to the duo behind The Perennial Plate about their latest travels in Italy and we look at the changing face of sushi in the states with Trevor Corson, author of The Story of Sushi.

Saturday, September 7, 2013Friday, September 12, 2014

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

William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins us, we look at the Indian tradition of chutneys with chef Vikas Khanna and check in with film director Wayne Wang about his latest project, a documentary on the life of legendary Chinese restaurateur Cecilia Chiang.

Saturday, August 24, 2013Friday, August 15, 2014

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

Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, explains why eating five fruits and vegetables a day may not be enough, fruit expert David Karp of the Los Angeles Times tells us about a surprising new variety of table grape and we dive into summer entertaining with humorist Charles Phoenix.

Saturday, August 10, 2013Friday, August 1, 2014

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

Sandor Katz, author of the masterful Art of Fermentation, joins us with the guidelines for yogurt making, we get a basic guide to tequila from Lucinda Hutson, author of Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking and Other Agave Adventures, and we learn how to train our wine taste buds with Megan Krigbaum of Food & Wine magazine.

Saturday, July 27, 2013Friday, July 18, 2014

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

We get a master lesson in pie crust from chef Thomas Keller and pastry genius Sebastian Rouxel, authors of Bouchon Bakery, Jane and Michael Stern bring us the very best in extremely hot road food and Mexican chef Roberto Santibañez looks at the Middle Eastern influences on modern day Mexican food.

Saturday, July 13, 2013Friday, July 4, 2014

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

We are meeting up with Lucinda Scala Quinn, author of Mad Hungry Cravings, for another round of Key 3, and we talk with award-winning writer and Texan Robb Walsh about whether or not Tex-Mex is an actual cuisine. He is the author of The Hot Sauce Cookbook.

Saturday, June 29, 2013Friday, June 20, 2014

We're taking our Weber to a more primal state this week with Tim Byres, author of Smoke: New Firewood Cooking, and we get a recipe for Japan's delicious pancake, okonomiyaki, from The Washington Post's food columnist David Hagedorn.

Saturday, June 22, 2013Friday, June 13, 2014

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

We take a look at the latest trend in sustainable meat -- goat -- with chef Jesse Griffiths, author of Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish. The Sterns are at Big W's Roadside Bar-B-Q in Wingdale, N.Y., and we talk to Bruce Feiler, author of The Secrets Of Happy Families, about the surprising news on what is really important about family dinner.

Saturday, June 8, 2013Friday, May 30, 2014

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 we talk to spice merchant Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boîte à Epice in New York, we take a look Filipino food with Marvin Gapultos, author of The Adobo Road Cookbook, and turn to the duo behind The Perennial Plate to learn about their food travels in Spain.

Saturday, May 25, 2013Friday, May 16, 2014

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 we talk to award-winning journalist Michael Moss about the food giants that decide what we eat. He is the author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Chopped's Ted Allen has advice on how to get out of our food ruts and we look at the stirrings of a movement in the wine world, natural wine. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013Friday, May 2, 2014

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

We’re heading to India for this week’s Key 3 with Raghavan Iyer, author of the best-selling 660 Curries. Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, brings the stories from our tabletops.

Saturday, April 27, 2013Friday, April 11, 2014

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 it’s a look at saliva with America’s funniest science writer, Mary Roach, author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Trail. The Sterns are at the Blue Scorcher Bakery Café in Astoria, Ore., and we learn which salts are really worth the money with salt merchant Mark Bitterman, author of Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral.

Saturday, April 6, 2013Friday, March 28, 2014

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

Greg Engert's profiling system divides beer into seven categories. Award-winning writer and cook Deborah Madison is here with the missing puzzle piece for vegetable cooking -- the plants themselves -- with her book Vegetable Literacy. We turn to the duo from The Perennial Plate, an online documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.

Saturday, March 23, 2013Friday, March 14, 2014

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

We're talking to Smithsonian paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner about the origins of meat-eating. Food scientist Harold McGee explains the nuances of rice wine vinegar, and we get the lowdown on real Southern cooking in Chicago with Garden & Gun magazine’s Julia Reed.

Saturday, March 9, 2013Friday, February 28, 2014

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

We're looking at legendary gourmand and politician Winston Churchill with Cita Stelzer, author of Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table. And Jane and Michael Stern join us with tales from eating on the road; this time, it's the Stockholm Pie Company in Stockholm, Wis.

Saturday, February 23, 2013Friday, February 14, 2014

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

Nigella Lawson joins us this week with her new book Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes. And we meet up with Joe Warwick, who has compiled a guide of chefs' favorite restaurants worldwide, Where Chefs Eat.

Saturday, February 9, 2013Friday, January 31, 2014

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 journalist Anne Applebaum, author of The Polish Country House Kitchen, joins us with tales of food and life in Poland, and we head to Kansas City for an Austrian-Germanic take on the cocktail with the bartender from Grunauer.

Saturday, January 26, 2013Friday, January 17, 2014

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

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

We talk with Britain's exuberant gastronaut Stefan Gates about his BBC documentary on bug-eating called Alien Nation. New York City restaurateur Eddie Huang of BaoHaus explains the art of the Asian bun. His memoir is Fresh Off the Boat. And chef Charles Phan of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door gives us a primer on the Vietnamese noodle soup pho. His latest book is Vietnamese Home Cooking.

Saturday, January 5, 2013Friday, January 3, 2014