The Splendid Table

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Love this podcast. Best thing to listen while doing anything, everything, and nothing. I find listening to folks who love all aspects of food and cooking to be the best way to relax. The joy you hear in their voice is infectious -Thanks


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.

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

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

Sep 23, 2022
740: Back To The Kitchen with Farideh Sadeghin and Soleil Ho

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
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
739: Chef Martin Yan’s Culinary Journey

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

Sep 02, 2022
763: Home Food with Chef Vishwesh Bhatt & Masa with Jorge Gaviria

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

Aug 26, 2022
662: Pepper Party

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
691: Caterers - The Unsung Heroes of Cooking

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
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
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
738: Legendary Food Writer Claudia Roden

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
761: On the Road - Seattle

This week, we’re bringing you a live show we recorded in Seattle with KUOW celebrating Seattle‘s amazing food community

Jul 15, 2022
737: Eating Greek

Diane Kochilas talks about regional Greek cooking, Tara Q. Thomas explains Greek wine, and we visit a Greek-American family as part of our Family Kitchen Series.

Jul 08, 2022
760: 4th of July with Andy Baraghani and Samantha Seneviratne

This week, it’s July 4th cookout ideas with Andy Baraghani author of The Cook You Want to Be and Sam Seneviratne author of The Joys of Baking.

Jul 01, 2022
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. 

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Jun 24, 2022
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. 

Jun 24, 2022
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

Jun 17, 2022
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 Onea matar paneer from Julie Sahni’s iconic cookbook, Classic Indian CookingJaya 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 follow
her on Instagram or Twitter @jayasa

Jun 10, 2022
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.

Jun 10, 2022
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

Jun 03, 2022
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

May 27, 2022
702: Food and Marriage

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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)

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May 27, 2022
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

May 20, 2022
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.

May 13, 2022
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 

May 06, 2022
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)

Apr 29, 2022