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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.

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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.

    696: Discovering Thanksgiving with Four American Chefs

    696: Discovering Thanksgiving with Four American Chefs

    This year’s Thanksgiving show celebrates with some of America’s great foreign-born chefs: Ann Kim, Hugo Ortega, Miroslav Uskokovic and Maneet Chauhan.

    All four chefs have their stories and recipes included in the wonderful new book, A Place at the Table: New American Recipes from the Nation's Top Foreign-Born Chefs, from the Vilcek Foundation, a group dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions in American and fostering appreciation of the arts and sciences.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    November 15, 2019 (originally aired)

    November 27, 2020 (rebroadcast)

    • 49 min
    Turkey Confidential with Jacques Pepin, Samin Nosrat and More

    Turkey Confidential with Jacques Pepin, Samin Nosrat and More

    Francis Lam hosts the 2020 pre-recorded edition of our popular Thanksgiving show. Francis is joined by special guests Samin Nosrat, Chef Michael Solomonov, Jacques Pépin, Nora McInerny, and Sohla El-Waylly to answer your pre-recorded questions.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    November 26, 2020

    • 1 hr 56 min
    723: Global Thanksgiving with Hawa Hassan and Andrea Nguyen

    723: Global Thanksgiving with Hawa Hassan and Andrea Nguyen

    This week, we’ve stories of how Thanksgiving looks for Americans from all over the world - Vietnam, Mexico, and Somalia. And America’s Test Kitchen helps us downsize this years menu.

    • 49 min
    694: Japanese home cooking with Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying

    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)

    • 50 min
    722: Staying Close, Even When Distant with Sam Sanders and more

    722: Staying Close, Even When Distant with Sam Sanders and more

    We’re working on connecting this week with advice from Sam Sanders on making real conversation, food gifting with Deb Perelman, and the art of gathering with Priya Parker.

    • 50 min
    Favorite Fall Cookbooks

    Favorite Fall Cookbooks

    This week we’re all about the new fall cookbook releases and we talk to some of our favorite authors who wrote them: Danny Mena (Made in Mexico), Evan Funke (American Sfoglino), Joanne Chang (Pastry Love), Chris Shepherd, (Cook Like a Local), and T.J. Smith and Kami Ahrens (editors of the newest edition of The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery).

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    October 4, 2019 (originally aired)

    October 30, 2020 (rebroadcast)

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

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A new enthusiasm

For the first year, Francis embraces Turkey Confidential! Love this year’s show and love Francis. I’m a faithful listener since Lynne started the show. Glad turkey confidential now has a level of enthusiasm similar to Lynne’s past shows and to Francis’ regular weekly shows. Thanks, Francis.

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Listen if you’re a foodie

I learn so much every time I listen. Francis’ voice is so soothing. His laugh is infectious and uplifting. He seamlessly carries on conversations with his intriguing guests. I love the show and listening to Francis Lam. He’s a critical thinker, articulate, and a storyteller.

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