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The Splendid Table

The Splendid Table has always connected people through the common language of food and eating. Now with award-winning food journalist Francis Lam at the helm, we’re bringing forward even more fresh voices and surprising conversations at the intersection of food, people and culture – covering everything from the global appeal of sesame to the impact of Instagram on everyday eating. It’s a food show where everyone is welcome. Produced by American Public Media.

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The Splendid Table has always connected people through the common language of food and eating. Now with award-winning food journalist Francis Lam at the helm, we’re bringing forward even more fresh voices and surprising conversations at the intersection of food, people and culture – covering everything from the global appeal of sesame to the impact of Instagram on everyday eating. It’s a food show where everyone is welcome. Produced by American Public Media.

745: Thanksgiving with Rodney Scott, Nik Sharma, Genevieve Ko, and Eric Wareheim

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We’re getting you all set up for Thanksgiving this week with our friends, Rodney Scott, Nik Sharma, Genevieve Ko, and Eric Wareheim

Nov 25 2022

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Turkey Confidential with Rick Martinez, Maneet Chauhan, Claire Saffitz, and Jesse Sparks

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Francis Lam hosts the 2022 pre-recorded edition of our popular Thanksgiving show. Francis is joined by special guests Claire Saffitz, author of Dessert Person, Rick Martinez author of Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico, Chef, and Chopped judge Maneet Chauhanand our very own Jesse Sparks, host of The One Recipe podcast to answer Thanksgiving questions.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • November 24, 2022

Nov 24 2022

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769: Thanksgiving with Vivian Howard and Priya Parker

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This week, we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving with Star of A Chef’s Life, Vivian Howard, and the expert on gatherings, Priya Parker.

Nov 18 2022

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744: Secretly Simple Desserts with Anne Byrn, Dave Beran, Aran Goyoaga, & Paola Velez

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This week, we’ve surprisingly simple desserts with amazing bakers & chefs, Anne Byrn, Dave Beran, Aran Goyoaga, & Paola Velez

Nov 11 2022

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768: Hands On Cooking and Hosting with Sohla & Ham El-Waylly and Restaurateur Will Guidara

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This week, Chefs Sohla and Ham El-Waylly, answer your cooking questions, and restaurateur Will Guidara joins us with advice on how to be a great host

Nov 04 2022

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743: Baking with Dorie Greenspan and Everything Grains with Abra Berens

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We’re baking with national treasure Dorie Greenspan and we dive deep into the beauty of grains and beans with Abra Berens author of Grist.

Oct 28 2022

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767: Asian Vegan cooking with Hannah Che and Chef Danny Bowien

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This week, we’re getting deep into the incredibly soulful world of vegan cooking with Hannah Che and Chef Danny Bowien

Oct 21 2022

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742: Fall Cookbook Lineup

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We talk with the authors of some of our favorite fall cookbooks: Mooncakes & Milk Bread, Gastro Obscura, Flavors of the Sun, and Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Journeys.

Oct 14 2022

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766: Honoring Family and Heritage with Linda Ronstadt and Natalia Molina

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This week, it’s stories from, and about, two Mexican American icons, Linda Ronstadt and Natalia Molina

Oct 07 2022

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741: Pizza: Origin, Culture and Making It with Nathan Myhrvold

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It's all about pizza this week with Nathan Myhrvold, founder of Modernist Cuisine and our Family Kitchen Segment with Journalist, Liana Aghajanian

Sep 30 2022

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765: French Home Cooking and Baking with Jacques Pépin and Aleksandra Crapanzano

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This week, we're getting deep into two staples of French cuisine, chicken, and cake, with Jacques Pépin and Aleksandra Crapanzano

Sep 23 2022

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740: Back To The Kitchen with Farideh Sadeghin and Soleil Ho

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We’re back in the kitchen and getting cooking inspiration from VICE’s Farideh Sadeghin and we talk to SF Chronicle’s restaurant critic Soleil Ho about the future of restaurants

Sep 16 2022

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764: Women Brewers

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This week, we're exploring the history of women and beermaking. First, Theresa McCulla, curator of The Smithsonian's American Brewing History Initiative, explains why beer is a great lens to examine American history and shares the story of Patsy Young, an early American brewer and fugitive from slavery. Then, Atinuke Akintola Diver talks about her feature-length documentary This Belongs to Us, which follows Black women brewers in the American south and finally, beer Journalist Stephanie Grant of Good Beer Hunting shares her favorite beer and food pairings. You can find her newsletter, The Share, here and on Substack. 

Sep 09 2022

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739: Chef Martin Yan’s Culinary Journey

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We’re spending this episode with the iconic Martin Yan, the groundbreaking star of Yan Can Cook.

Sep 02 2022

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763: Home Food with Chef Vishwesh Bhatt & Masa with Jorge Gaviria

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This week, we’re talking to James Beard award-winning Chef Vishwesh Bhatt, and Masienda Founder Jorge Gaviria

Aug 26 2022

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662: Pepper Party

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Things get spicy when we look at the wide world of chili peppers and how they're enjoyed raw, cooked, powdered, and blended into sauces.

Aug 19 2022

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691: Caterers - The Unsung Heroes of Cooking

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Go beyond the pipe and drape, deep into the intense world of catering with Matt and Ted Lee, Michael Twitty, Kwame Onwuachi, and America’s Test Kitchen.

Aug 12 2022

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689: Culinary Empowerment

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This week, we introduce you to two amazing culinary organizations as we bring you real-world stories of street vendors and other low-income food entrepreneurs starting their businesses. First, we visit alums of La Cocina, a groundbreaking kitchen incubator in San Francisco. Then, we look at culinary empowerment from an entirely different angle as we head to NYC for a lesson in chiles rellenos from an instructor from The League of Kitchens, an organization of women from around the world who welcome you into their homes and teach you their family recipes.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • August 9, 2019 (originally aired)

  • August 5, 2022 (rebroadcast)

Aug 05 2022

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762: Live Fire Cooking

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This week we’re joined by some unusual thinkers on the art of the cookout. First, we get a lesson on barbecue etiquette (who knew) with our favorite duo, Nick Leighton and Leah Bonnema, Hosts of the podcast Were You Raised by Wolves? We get all kinds of tips, from the right way to ask for a family recipe to taking a house tour only if offered by your host. Then, Chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich share their techniques and ideas for cooking over live fire. Their latest book is Chasing Smoke, Cooking Over Fire Around the Levant, and they left us with their recipe for Grilled Peaches with Almond Tahini and Charred Endive. Then, it’s pitmaster Pat Martin talking about the whole hog barbecue culture in West Tennessee and how that whole hog style and tradition of BBQ may be on the path to extinction. His latest book is Life of Fire: Mastering the Arts of Pit Cooked Barbecue, the Grill, and the Smokehouse. You can find his recipe for Grilled Green Beans with Memphis Dry Rub.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • July 29, 2022 (originally aired)

Jul 29 2022

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738: Legendary Food Writer Claudia Roden

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This week, we spend an hour with the legendary food writer Claudia Roden and check in with one of her biggest fans, Yotam Ottolenghi. 

Jul 22 2022

49mins

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Love Francis and the Show

By JustAnotherJen - May 31 2020
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I’ve listened to Splendid Table for years and loved LRC, and now have fallen for Francis, too. I feel like he uncovers so many special moments with his genuine and respectful way with guests. I love the variety of cultures covered, and all the sounds and descriptions of what’s happening during cooking segments. One of my favorite stories was when he drank the tea that was gifted to him by his grandfather. Really touching. Look forward to it every week!

Insightfully Delicious

By Cayla Blue - Feb 24 2020
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This show is such a treat! Great host, heartfelt stories & creative recipe goodness.