Carla Hall may be the hardest working woman in food show business. To know Carla is to love her, even if knowing her just means you just watched her on Top Chef or The Chew. She’s got a new book, called Carla Hall’s Soul Food, and it's about the two different sides of soul food. She talked with Francis Lam about some of her favorite Thanksgiving food and what new dishes will be on her Thanksgiving table this year. You can make her recipes for Sweet Potato Rolls, Spoonbread Dressing, and Baked Chicken with Pan Gravy, which she says you can easily do with turkey instead.

Francis Lam and Carla HallFrancis Lam and Carla Hall after recording interview for The Splendid Table. Photo: Erika Romero

Francis Lam

Francis Lam is the host of The Splendid Table. He is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and has written for numerous publications. Lam lives with his family in New York City.