25 episodes

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.

The Splendid Table: Conversations & Recipes For Curious Cooks & Eaters 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.

    782: Vegetarian Summer Cooking with Hetty Lui McKinnon and the Art of Leftovers with Tamar Adler

    782: Vegetarian Summer Cooking with Hetty Lui McKinnon and the Art of Leftovers with Tamar Adler

    This week, we talk to two award-winning food writers about how to make the most of your vegetables and leftovers this summer. First up, award-winning vegetarian writer Hetty Lui McKinnon joins us to talk about her latest book Tenderheart, A Cookbook About Vegetables and Unbreakable Family Bonds. She talks to us about her father’s influence on her early life and how it inspired her vegetarian cooking career. She walks us through some of her favorite Chinese-inspired dishes made with a vegetarian twist, like her Sesame Mushroom Toast and Eggplant Char Siu and she sticks around to answer your cooking questions. Then, Tamar Adler, author of The Everlasting Meal Cookbook, brings fresh eyes to leftovers, from super quick ideas to elevate your cooking, like adding coconut water to your rice, and even ideas on what to do with your overcooked fish and those Cheeto crumbs at the bottom of the bag.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    June 9, 2023 (originally aired)

    June 14, 2024 (rebroadcast)





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    • 49 min
    739: Chef Martin Yan’s Culinary Journey

    739: Chef Martin Yan’s Culinary Journey

    This week, we spend an hour with one of Francis’ heroes, Chef Martin Yan. He talks about growing up in China, the time he spent working in the legendary wet markets, and how helping his mom in the kitchen gave him a lifelong lesson in seasonal cooking. From his journey to Hong Kong where he famously learned how to bone-out a chicken in 18 seconds, to his move to attend college in the US, to becoming a trailblazing culinary food show host of Yan Can Cook, his is a story full of determination, achievement, and his trademark humor. He is the author of over twenty cookbooks and is currently the host of Martin Yan, Quick and Easy

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    August 27, 2021 (originally aired)

    September 2, 2022 (rebroadcast)

    June 7, 2024 (rebroadcast)





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    • 49 min
    732: Real world seafood cooking with Genevieve Ko and Jennifer Bushman

    732: Real world seafood cooking with Genevieve Ko and Jennifer Bushman

    When it comes to seafood, frozen is the new fresh. We talk to seafood industry expert, Jennifer Bushman about how technology has improved the quality of frozen fish and how to make the most of canned seafood from your local grocery store. Her latest project is Sea Pantry, how to keep your pantry stocked up with ingredients from the sea. Then, Senior Editor of New York Times Cooking, Genevieve Ko brings us her best at-home seafood cooking tips and recipes.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    April 9, 2021 (originally aired)

    April 8, 2022 (rebroadcast)

    May 31, 2024 (rebroadcast)





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    • 50 min
    804: Summer Reading with Aimee Nezhukumatathil author of Bite By Bite & Sara B. Franklin author of The Editor

    804: Summer Reading with Aimee Nezhukumatathil author of Bite By Bite & Sara B. Franklin author of The Editor

    This week, we’ve got suggestions to start your summer reading list. First, we sit down with bestselling author and poet  Aimee Nezhukumatathil to talk about her upbringing and the nature of her poetry. She writes about her parent’s gardens and their food, and how she carries her childhood experiences with her today.  Her latest book is Bite By Bite: Nourishments and Jamborees. Then, we learn about the life and legacy of the iconic book editor Judith Jones through her biographer Sara B. Franklin. Sara documented Judith’s amazing journey from her first job at a publishing house to transforming the cookbook industry at large. Plus, we hear from Judith herself from an interview we did several years ago with our former host, Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Sara B. Franklin’s book is The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    May 24, 2024 (originally aired)





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    • 49 min
    748: Dr. Jessica B. Harris

    748: Dr. Jessica B. Harris

    This week, we’re spending an hour with Culinary Historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris. We talk about her start in food writing, how she started making connections between what she ate in Africa and what she ate in America, learn about one of her greatest influences, her mother who she calls her “culinary secret weapon”, and hear the many different ways she studied food, from reading Columbus’ journal to her experiences as a travel editor. She is the author of twelve books including, Iron Pots and Wooden Spoon: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking, her memoir, My Soul Looks Back, and High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    January 7, 2022 (originally aired)

    January 27, 2023 (rebroadcast)

    May 17, 2024 (rebroadcast)

    • 49 min
    781: Eating With Funny People

    781: Eating With Funny People

    This week, we're joined by two comedians to talk about their connection to food. First, Ivy Le, host of the podcast Fear of Going Outside. We quote, "Most nature shows are hosted by reckless white men, but avid indoors woman Ivy Le is an Asian mom with severe allergies. Last season, Ivy conquered camping. She's back, braving the outdoors to go hunting- or die trying!" Then, comedian Dan Ahdoot, the author of the new book Undercooked: How I Let Food Become My Life Navigator and How Maybe That's a Dumb Way to Live, talks to us about his connection to food and his family, his theories on relationships, and the journeys he's taken for a great meal.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    May 26, 2023 (originally aired)

    May 10, 2024 (rebroadcast)





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    • 49 min

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