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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.

The Splendid Table: Conversations & Recipes For Curious Cooks & Eaters American Public Media

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    • 4.3 • 2.8K Ratings

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.

    805: Amrikan with Khushbu Shah and Koreaworld with Matt Rodbard and Deuki Hong

    805: Amrikan with Khushbu Shah and Koreaworld with Matt Rodbard and Deuki Hong

    This week, we look at modern food and culture from two popular cuisines. First, we sit down with acclaimed food writer Khushbu Shah to talk about her debut cookbook, which is all about Indian home-cooked dishes. She shares ingenious hacks and delicious Indian-inspired recipes that can come together in a pinch using everyday pantry items, and teaches Francis how to make her Chili Cheese Toast.  Khushbu Shah is the author of Amrikan: 125 Recipes from the Indian American Diaspora. Then, we are off to Korea with Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard. We talk about why Korean cuisine has taken the world by storm, their travels to Korea to document modern Korean cooking, and how regional Korean dishes are showing up in many parts of Korea. Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard’s latest book is Koreaworld: A Cookbook. They left us with their recipe for Sauteed Rice Cakes with Gochujang & Cream.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    June 21, 2024 (originally aired)





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    • 49 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

CraigCode1010 ,

Great show

Very useful and interesting interviews. Had to mark it down though as people in the real midwest consider ohio new england not midwest. Bad reporting

Chesterly ,

No more repeats

It’s all repeated episodes. I listen every week but it’s not okay anymore. Please record new podcasts.

ElanaEda ,

Comforting, charming and informative

Great to listen to while cooking!

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