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American Public Media's The Splendid Table is public radio's culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Francis Lam leads listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions with a variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights. Updated every Friday.

The Splendid Table American Public Media

    • Arts
    • 4.4, 1.3K Ratings

American Public Media's The Splendid Table is public radio's culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Francis Lam leads listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions with a variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights. Updated every Friday.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.3K Ratings
1.3K Ratings
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Not What It Used to Be

This review reflects the newer version of the Splendid Table, when the show switched hosts from Lynne Rossetti Kasper to Francis Lam. I’m not criticizing the show based on the fact that it switched hosts, because changing hosts doesn’t necessarily mean a change in quality. I became an avid listener of the ST a few months before Lynne’s departure, so while I was a fan sad to see her ago, I also didn’t consider myself a purist opposed to change itself.

Unfortunately, since Lynne’s left and been replaced by Francis, the soul of the show seems to have shifted. Oftentimes, the new iteration of the Splendid Table feels like a show about social justice & current events featuring food, rather than a show about food switch also may include those other topics when appropriate. As an devout listener of public radio, I’m far from the type of person to oppose this sort of discourse, but this change has fundamentally impacted my experience listening to the Splendid Table. Instead of what was once an easy listening, feel-good show about cooking and the simple pleasure of food, the Splendid Table is now a medium for tackling social issues using food to tie topics together. While this isn’t a bad thing, I do miss the old show’s charm and ability to remind us of the importance of food, shared experiences, and community. In a time when the political news seems to saturate every crevice of the media, the old Splendid Table is sorely missed. Sorry, but I no longer listen.

expetesso ,

No Longer A Show About Food

I listened to LRK’s show for years and was sad to lose her work to her retirement, but when Francis took over for LRK, I was glad for the Fresh perspective he brought to the idea of what makes “AMERICAN” cuisine. I particularly loved the episodes where he introduced listeners to Filipino sauces and exquisite Mexican chiles. But over the last several months the show has ceased to be a celebration of food and an introduction of new ideas and ingredients to home cooks, and has instead become a celebration of food celebrity. The Splendid Table is no longer a tool for making the home table splendid, and that saddens me.

Heels Fan74 ,

An excellent dish of a podcast

They serve it just like I’ve liked it since I was a kid. Thanks for keeping my soul fed.

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