The Splendid Table, hosted by award-winning food writer Francis Lam, has been an original weekend companion, celebrating the intersection of food and life for more than two decades. A culinary, culture and lifestyle program, it has hosted our nation's conversations about cooking, sustainability and food culture and has introduced us to generations of food dignitaries.
Francis Lam took over the program from long-time host Lynne Rossetto Kasper in January 2018.
Under Francis, listeners can expect a modern, multicultural weekly snapshot of the food world – exploring different cultures, cuisines and ideas, as well as the small personal stories that come out of the expansive world of the table. As a former restaurant cook and culinary school graduate, Francis can handle virtually any food query and loves taking listener’s calls. He is keenly interested in people and their stories and believes that one of the keys to understanding people better is to learn what they cook and how they eat.
The Splendid Table frequently visits with the test cooks at America's Test Kitchen to discuss a wide range of topics including recipes, ingredients, techniques and kitchen equipment.
The Splendid Table Podcast Feed
Confessions of Culinary Superfans
September 18, 2020
Who do you admire? Preston Clark on Patrick Clark, Shauna Sever on Maida Heatter, Melissa Clark on Marcella Hazan, and Pati Jinich on Joan Nathan.
719: Back to Baking with Lisa Donovan and Anissa Helou
September 11, 2020
Here’s hoping that the heat of summer is behind us as we fire up our ovens with baking experts from the American South and the Middle East
Traveling to Eat
September 4, 2020
Francis Lam and guests explore the cuisines of the Black Sea, Thailand, Haiti, Milwaukee, and beyond.
718: Things You’ve Gotta Try
August 28, 2020
From what to really dunk your Oreos in to a West African super-grain, canned wine, and an all-day ratatouille recipe, we talk things you’ve got to try.
Mothers & Daughters
August 21, 2020
This week are celebrating mothers and daughters in all kinds of ways. We eavesdrop in the kitchen with Priya and Ritu Krishna, authors of Indian (-ish). Chef Asma Khan shows us the real edges of her own family and the family she’s made at her London restaurant Darjeeling Express. Chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales, author of Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, talks about the influence her mother still wields in her kitchen. And, Molly Birnbaum of America’s Test Kitchen Kids brings us her magical ways with small cooks and eaters in training.
Broadcast dates for this episode:
May 3, 2019 (originally aired)
August 21, 2020 (rebroadcast)