The Splendid Table

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28 episodes
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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.

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Bonus Episode: Stephen Satterfield and the Art of Toast
We’re dropping a bonus episode in our feed this week of our newest pod baby. It’s called The One Recipe and it’s all about that ONE magic, indispensable recipe that you simply can’t live without! This week, Stephen Satterfield talks to Jesse about why it’s important to know what you like, for instance, room temperature butter, which brings us to his One: Toast. Stephen Satterfield is the host of Netflix’s critically acclaimed docuseries High on the Hog, as well as the founder of Whetstone Magazine and Whetstone Radio Collective. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @isawstephen.  Help support The One Recipe, and shows from APM Studios that bring people together, with a donation of any amount today.
736: Summer Cooking with Carla Lalli Music
Carla Lalli Music takes on your summer cooking questions, and Khushbu Shah talks about the cold Asian treats that will keep you cool all summer. 
759: Father Stories with Kitty & Al Tait and Jeffrey & Kevin Pang
This week, it’s stories about people, their dads, and how food brought them closer together with Kitty and Al Tait authors of Breadsong and Jeffrey & Kevin Pang hosts of ATK’s, Hunger Pangs
Bonus Episode: Jaya Saxena Swears by Julie Sahni’s Matar Paneer
We’re dropping a bonus episode in our feed this week of our newest pod baby. It’s called The One Recipe and it’s all about that ONE magic, indispensable recipe that you simply can’t live without! This week we’re talking to Jaya Saxena about what crystal you should be keeping in your kitchen, how she developed more confidence cooking Indian Food at home, and her One: a matar paneer from Julie Sahni’s iconic cookbook, Classic Indian Cooking. Jaya is the senior writer at Eater, and the author of several books, including Basic Witches and Crystal Clear: Extraordinary Talismans for Everyday Life. You can followher on Instagram or Twitter @jayasa
Episode 735: 3 Junes
This week, it’s June in 3 corners of the country, Coastal Georgia with Chef-Farmer Matthew Raiford, Alaska with Melanie Brown, and Appalachia with Ronni Lundy.
758: Summer Parties with Nicole A. Taylor, Natasha David and Patric Richardson
This week, it’s party season with food writer Nicole A. Taylor, bartender Natasha David, and Laundry Evangelist, Patric Richardson
Bonus Episode: Bettina Makalintal Talks Crispy Glazed Tofu
We’re dropping a bonus episode in our feed this week of our newest pod baby. It’s called The One Recipe and it’s all about that ONE magic, indispensable recipe that you simply can’t live without! This week, Host Jesse Sparks talks to Bettina Makalintal about bike love, thriller novels, and her One, a recipe for Crispy Glazed Tofu. Bettina is a food and culture writer, and currently a Senior Reporter at Eater. You can find her recipe on Instagram or at You can find more from Bettina on home cooking on Twitter and TikTok @bettinamak, and on Instagram @crispyegg420
702: Food and Marriage
Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pandora This episode is all about food... and marriage. We’ve an international love story built around Bosnian food with the couple behind Balkan Treat Box. We get dumpling and relationship advice from a long-married Uzbek couple, Damira Inatullaeva and Sahib Aminov. We’ve a story from writer Michaele Weissman about discovering that the key to understanding her husband is in the rye bread he loves. And, we sit down with Washington Post Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan (author of Cool Beans) and his husband Carl Mason to get the real story behind what it’s like to be married to a cookbook author. Broadcast dates for this episode: February 28, 2020 (originally aired) February 26, 2021 (rebroadcast) May 27, 2022 (rebroadcast) When you shop using our links, we earn a small commission. It’s a great way to support public media at no extra cost to you
757: Home Cooking with Pros: J. Kenji López-Alt, Daniel Holzman, and Matt Rodbard
Cookbook authors Daniel Holzman & Matt Rodbard answer your cooking questions & we head into the kitchen with Kenji López-Alt for a lesson on Mapo Tofu
666: In Jacques Pépin's Kitchen
Francis meets up with Chef Jacques Pépin in his home kitchen to talk career, life, and the magic of instant-cured gravlax.
756: Up Close with Evan Kleiman, Host of Good Food
This week, we talk to the pioneering food  radio personality Evan Kleiman host of our other favorite food radio show, Good Food from KCRW 
694: Japanese home cooking with Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying
We are talking about Japanese home cooking this week, and not ramen or sushi! Think curry, omelets, and quick fried noodles. Tomoko Imade Dyen, culinary director of Japan House in Los Angeles, shares the everyday foods enjoyed by Japanese families. Sonoko Sakai, author of Japanese Home Cooking, tells us about the origins of the Japanese curry everyone makes at home. Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying (The Gaijin Cookbook) give us a lesson in Japanese kid-food, and chef Shintaro Okuda, of NYC's Bar Moga, teaches us how to make the delicious fried rice omelet, omurice. Broadcast dates for this episode: October 18, 2019 (originally aired) November 13, 2020 (rebroadcast)

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4.4 out of 5
2510 reviews
??? 2022/05/29
I thought I was the only dope who accidentally froze tofu, and then it became an intentional choice. Break up your frozen tofu, a great stand in for ...
mollymagro 2022/06/18
Thank you, Francis & team!
I love listening to this each week while I cook or bake, it’s soothing, inspiring, and so interesting each time. I have also purchased so many amazing...
Snappy dandelion 2022/06/09
No longer enjoyable
I’ve tried to enjoy the show with the new host, it’s just not the same. I used to love to listen to The Splendid Table on the weekends. Now I find it...
BKWcbc 2022/05/20
I enjoy, except…
When I hear chewing and swallowing I have to skip ahead.
mgd1961 2022/04/15
Fun and educational
Love the format and the content is great. Informative as well as entertaining. Just one thing, stop saying “right on”. Not sure why it irritates me ...
Esterdotter 2022/03/10
Great but help us connect
Wonderful topics beyond the usual, great guests, but no links to find the guests on their blogs or Instagram accounts, sometimes not even their names....
dpdarling 2022/03/21
deleting today
I’ve tried to listen to this podcast over the last few months but every time something ridiculous is said i.e. apologizing for the aesthetic pleasing ...
gus 24! 2022/03/20
Get a better host
FIrst time listener: I couldn’t resist listening to the Deborah Madison episode as she quite literally changed the way I cook and eat. She was wonderf...
Indyeche 2022/03/05
Love, enjoy hearing about all the incredible guest and their life and how all the world can be so together
Chichinius 2022/02/03
Hate on a Ratatouille?!?!? #thebelovedchildren’scookingclassic
I’ve never written a review to a podcast before…. the bizarrely negative intro to this episode compelled me. COVID has made a mess of us all but the...


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