The Splendid Table on WUOT

Sundays from 4-5 p.m.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and producer Sally Swift create  The Splendid Table to explore the entire spectrum of food: from cheese making to finding wine bargains to the science of a great cup of coffee great to the best little greasy spoons in America.

September 2014:

7              We’ve a fresh take on home-packed lunches with Asian food authority Andrea Nguyen and her book, The Banh Mi Handbook, we get a primer in cocktails from bartenders David and Lesley Solmonson, the folks behind The 12 Bottle Bar, and we talk to Kate Krader of Food & Wine Magazine about whether today’s big-flavored foods are wrecking the American palate.
14           This week we’re looking at buttermilk with Diane St. Clair, author of The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, we talk to the duo behind The Perennial Plate about their latest travels in Italy and we look at the changing face of sushi in the states with Trevor Corson, author of The Story of Sushi.
21           This week we talk to chef Dan Barber about ethical eating. His book is The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. We meet Von Diaz, a woman cooking her way through Cocina Criolla, the Puerto Rican Joy of Cooking, and The Kitchn’s Faith Durand brings us the best in vegetable slow-cooker recipes
28           It’s a look at a trend in culinary exotica, salt block cooking, with Mark Bitterman, author of Salt Block Cooking, we go behind the scenes of cookbook production with recipe tester Ian Knauer, we learn about five epochal moments in Southern food for women with John T. Edge and Marcie Ferris, author of The Edible South, and we look at mock meat with Joe Yonan, author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook

August 2014:

3   Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, explains why eating five fruits and vegetables a day may not be enough, fruit expert David Karp of the Los Angeles Times tells us about a surprising new variety of table grape, and we dive into summer entertaining with humorist Charles Phoenix.
10    This week we look at why the restaurant world is still run by men with chef Amanda Cohen of New York City’s beloved vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy. Lynne invites the authors of Cooking From the Heart: The Hmong Kitchen in America into her kitchen for a lesson in Chicken Larb and the Sterns are heading to Newport, Oregon, to Local Ocean Seafoods.
17   William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins us, we look at the Indian tradition of chutneys with chef Vikas Khanna and check in with film director Wayne Wang about his latest project, a documentary on the life of legendary Chinese restaurateur Cecilia Chiang
24   We’re looking at a revival of an ancient farming technique -- aquaponics -- at Urban Organics in St. Paul, we learn the art of pickling fish with Paul Lowe, author of Sweet Paul Eat and Make, and we look at the tradition of eating frog legs in Detroit.
31    This week we’re cooling off with homemade ice cream from Ohio’s ice cream maven, Jeni Britton Bauer, author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, Jane and Michael Stern are at Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana, and we look at the ways in which food is used as a political tool with Susan Glasser of Politico Magazine.

July 2014 programs:

6    We get a master lesson in pie crust from chef Thomas Keller and his pastry genius, Sebastien Rouxel, authors of Bouchon Bakery, Jane and Michael Stern bring us the very best in extremely hot road food and Mexican chef Roberto Santibañez looks at the Middle Eastern influences on modern-day Mexican food.
13   We are looking at how we will feed the world with National Geographic Magazine’s Dennis Dimick, we take on homemade boozy summer drinks with Andrew Schloss, author of Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits, and we talk to Roy Choi, the L.A. chef who went from a fancy restaurant to feeding the masses $2 tacos and jump-starting the L. A. food scene. He is author of L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food.
20   Sandor Katz, author of the masterful The Art of Fermentation, joins us with the guidelines for yogurt making, we get a basic guide to tequila from Lucinda Hutson, author of Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking and Other Agave Adventures, and we learn how to train our wine taste buds with Megan Krigbaum of Food & Wine Magazine.
27  This week we check in with the hilarious blogger Jolie Kerr about keeping kitchens clean. She is the author of My Boyfriend Barfed in my Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. The duo behind The Perennial Plate takes us to Ethiopia for a look at the super grain teff, and we get a sense of modern Greek food with Maria Elia, author of Smashing Plates.

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