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The Splendid Table
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Explore everything you love about food: the culture, the science, the history, the back stories and the deeper meanings that come together every time people sit down to enjoy a meal.

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  • 770: British Cooks Prue Leith & Nigella Lawson
    This week, we’ve got two legendary British cooks in the house. First, Prue Leith joins us to talk about her fascinating background in food as a restaurateur and cook, growing up in South Africa, and judging The Great British Bake-Off show. Her new book is, Bliss on Toast, and she leaves us with her recipe for Tomatoes with English Pesto on Toasted Focaccia. Then, the iconic Nigella Lawson joins Francis in the studio to talk about her love of simple ingredients, dinners, and the importance of having a reliable recipe. Plus, she leaves us with her Smoky Squid and Beans recipe from her latest, Cook, Eat, Repeat. Broadcast dates for this episode:December 2, 2022 (originally aired)December 1, 2023 (rebroadcast)Generous listeners like you make The Splendid Table possible. Donate today to support the show
  • Check Out: Dishing on Julia
    This week we’re sharing an episode of Dishing on Julia, the official companion podcast to the Max original series, Julia. Hosted by Kerry Diamond of Cherry Bombe, each episode of Dishing on Julia takes you behind the scenes with the show's producers, creators, and crew to unpack each episode and explore the making of the series. For the inaugural episode of Season 2 of Dishing On Julia, host Kerry Diamond talks to Julia creator and executive producer Daniel Goldfarb about historicizing Julia and taking the French Chef to France. In the show's second half, it’s world-renowned Chef Eric Ripert of New York’s Le Bernardin. Eric shares his own origin story and reflects on his memorable interactions with Julia over the years. Listen to Dishing on Julia, the Official Julia Companion Podcast on Max, or wherever you get your podcasts. And stream new episodes of Julia Thursdays on Max.
  • 700: Eating Canadian - Live from Hot Docs Podcast Festival
    This week’s show was recorded live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival in Toronto. Francis and his team of intrepid eaters tackle a tantalizing question: what makes Canada so delicious? Guests include Matty “The Flavor Lord” Matheson (Just a Dash); Greater Toronto Area food, drink and travel writer Suresh Doss; and New York Times food columnist and host of our Weeknight Kitchen podcast Melissa Clark, who impresses everyone with her quick thinking in a game of Stump the Cook.Broadcast dates for this episode:January 24, 2020 (originally aired)January 29, 2021 (rebroadcast)November 24, 2023 (rebroadcast)
  • Turkey Confidential with Kristen Kish, Dan Pelosi, Abra Berens, and Jocelyn Delk Adams
    Francis Lam hosts the 2023 pre-recorded edition of our popular Thanksgiving show. Francis is joined by special guests chef Kristen Kish, Top Chef’s newest judge, Dan Pelosi aka “Grossy Pelosi” the exuberant author of Let’s Eat, 101 Recipes to Fill Your Heart and Home, Michigan chef and award-winning writer Abra Berens author of Pulp, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit, and Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby CakesBroadcast dates for this episode:November 23, 2023
  • 792: A Chef’s Thanksgiving with Amy Thielen, Eric Ripert, and Pierre Thiam
    This week, we are all about getting you ready for your Thanksgiving feast! First, cookbook author Amy Thielen sets us up with tips on keeping the holiday stress-free and enjoyable. She shares her remarkable thinking around “turkey secrets,” talks us through some of her favorite techniques for stuffing and starters, and leaves us with her amazing alternative to mashed potatoes, Fun House Baked Potatoes. Her latest book is Company: The Radically Casual Art of Cooking for Others. Then, Chef Eric Ripert talks us through simple seafood dishes to stand -in or accompany your turkey, like his Salmon Rillettes, a signature dish from Le Bernardin. His latest book is Seafood Simple. Then Chef Pierre Thiam brings West African flavors to the table with reimagined sidedish options like his Coconut Collard Greens with Butternut Squash. His latest book is Simply West African, Easy Joyful Recipes for Every Kitchen. Broadcast dates for this episode:November 17, 2023 (originally aired)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!Your support is a special ingredient in helping to make The Splendid Table. Donate today
  • 768: Hands On Cooking and Hosting with Sohla & Ham El-Waylly and Restaurateur Will Guidara
    This week, we have the dynamic duo, Sohla and Ham El-Waylly, hosts of the New York Times Cooking show Mystery Menu joining us to talk about working together, overcoming differences in their cooking styles, and the key to their success as a team. They stick around to answer your cooking questions. Then, restaurateur Will Guidara joins us with advice on how to be a great host. From the importance of “unreasonable” hospitality in the restaurant industry to being intentional in the home and turning thoughtfulness into practice. His new book is Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They ExpectBroadcast dates for this episode:November 4, 2022 (originally aired)November 10. 2023 (rebroadcast)Celebrate kitchen companionship with a gift to The Splendid Table today.
  • 791: Fall Cookbook Roundup
    It’s our favorite time of year – Fall Cookbook season! We’re joined by baker Samantha Seneviratne, author of Bake Smart, who tells us about her favorite baking techniques, including a butter trick that creates the creamy texture in her Gooey Cranberry Crumb Cake. Then, chef and content creator Jon Kung talks about his debut cookbook, Kung Food: Chinese American Recipes from a Third-Culture Kitchen. He tells us about his cultural identity as a “third-culture kid,” how he experienced multiple cultures at once while growing up, and how he applies that experience to his fusion cooking. He shares a recipe for reimagined Hong Kong Style Chicken and Waffles. Then, Rose Previte, author of the new book Maydan: Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond, talks about travels and her cultural background that influenced her award-winning restaurant and her interest in dishes cooked over fire like Omani Grilled Shrimp Kebabs.Broadcast dates for this episode:November 3, 2023 (originally aired)Donate to The Splendid Table today and we will show our appreciation with a special thank-you gift.
  • 767: Asian Vegan cooking with Hannah Che and Chef Danny Bowien
    This week, we talk about the delicious and varied world of Asian vegan cooking. First, we talk to Hannah Che, author of The Vegan Chinese Kitchen, about becoming vegan and navigating her family’s eating traditions. She talks about exploring the history of plant-based eating in China and her process for creating vegan recipes inspired by everyday dishes using Chinese seasonings. She leaves us with her recipes for Braised Winter Squash with Fermented Black Beans and Fragrant Dressed Tofu with Garlic and Basil. Then, Chef Danny Bowien, author of Mission Vegan, tells us the charming story of why he started cooking vegan in his former restaurant Mission Chinese and walks us through his version of Mapo Tofu, and leaves us a recipe for Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Dragon Fruit Ice that captures the book’s spirit of rediscovering his Korean heritage.Broadcast dates for this episode:October 21, 2022 (originally aired)Ocotber 27, 2023 (rebroadcast)Generous listeners like you make The Splendid Table possible. Donate today to support the show
  • 790: An Hour With Dorie Greenspan
    This week, we dedicate the hour to the fabulous Dorie Greenspan. We talk about her start in food, from burning her kitchen down when she was a pre-teen to her love for project baking early in her career and becoming the iconic writer and cookbook author we know today. She shares stories about meeting Julia Child, working alongside high-level pastry chefs, including France’s Pierre Hermé, and her highly- creative process for writing recipes. Dorie is the author of 14 Cookbooks, including the best-selling Baking with Dorie, Everyday Dorie, Dorie’s Cookies, and Around My French Table. Check out our collection of Dorie interviews and recipes here.Broadcast dates for this episode:October 20, 2023 (originally aired)Your support is a special ingredient in helping to make The Splendid Table. Donate today
  • 766: Honoring Family and Heritage with Linda Ronstadt and Natalia Molina
    This week, we have the iconic musician Linda Ronstadt and her collaborator Lawrence Downes talking about her love of the culture and food of the Sonoran Desert. We hear about the different Sonoran foods and stories from their travels, and she leaves us with her grandmother’s albondigas recipe. Their book is Feels Like Home A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands. Then we talk to MacArthur Fellow, Professor Natalia Molina about the restaurant her grandmother ran in the 1950s in Los Angeles, El Nayarit, and how a restaurant can be the heart of a community. Her book is A Place at the Nayarit, How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community. Broadcast dates for this episode:October 7, 2022 (originally aired)October 13, 2023 (rebroadcast)Celebrate kitchen companionship with a gift to The Splendid Table today.