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.

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    • Food
    • 4.3, 2K 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.

    How Bees Made What We Eat

    How Bees Made What We Eat

    This week is all about bees. We talk to Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, about the importance of bees to our food supply, as well as their connection to the evolution of plants and humans. Francis Lam gets the story of Brooklyn’s red bees and other urban tales of beekeeping from Andrew Coté. Bridget Lancaster, host of America’s Test Kitchen, has flavorful tips for cooking with honey. And bee researcher Bernardo Niño discusses what makes a healthy bee colony and takes us inside the mysterious of colony collapse disorder. Francis also talks with listeners about using and preserving habanero peppers, and why cocoa powder is often included in Sicilian caponata recipes.

    Broadcast dates for this episode:


    August 24, 2018 (originally aired)

    August 16, 2019 (rebroadcast)

    August 07, 2020 (rebroadcast)

    • 50 min
    716: Farm, Garden, Cook

    716: Farm, Garden, Cook

    Thanks to the farmers and gardeners who are keeping us well-fed this summer. This week, we talk to farmer/activist Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, and chef/farmer Abra Berens.

    • 50 min
    661: Summer Cookout

    661: Summer Cookout

    Light up and get your grill on with inspired sauces and sides, and foolproof techniques for both your fire and your food.

    • 50 min
    715: Tasting the Nation with Padma Lakshmi

    715: Tasting the Nation with Padma Lakshmi

    Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef & Hulu’s Taste the Nation, talks about meeting cooks across our land, raising bicultural kids, and growing up in Queens.

    • 49 min
    662: Pepper Party

    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.

    • 49 min
    714: A Carla Hall 4th of July

    714: A Carla Hall 4th of July

    Who better to bring us fresh ideas for cooking through the long weekend than the delightful Carla Hall?

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Lhuntnewman ,

Bees!

The bee episode is excellent. I learned so much! Thanks!

gardentotablegirl ,

Best food podcast

I’ve been listening to Splendid table for 20 years. It is a great way to explore the world through food, a fun escape, and super useful for family meals!

Keemdoom ,

Lost a fave

I have listened for years, decades and learned so much. I have given Francis more than a chance. His reliance on talking to chefs feeds both of their egos but what is the benefit to us listeners?
I wish that Lynne and her confident, generous show could return.

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