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The Splendid Table

Sundays at 12:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

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 Lynne Rossetto Kasper 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.

Edna Lewis was called the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking so many times, the words are literally etched into her gravestone. No one disputes that honor, but it did make us think: Miss Lewis grew up with such a particular version of Southern cuisine in central Virginia; we wanted to know more about that region. Francis Lam called on the culinary historian Jessica B. Harris to tell us more about it.

Toni Tipton-Martin is an acclaimed food writer and the author of The Jemima Code, a book that presents the history of African-American cooking told through 200 years of black cookbooks. It paints a picture of a cuisine that’s more diverse, technical, and sophisticated than the stereotypes of black food.

Generations of home cooks have been inspired by the recipes and writing of Edna Lewis. Among them is Elle Simone, food stylist and test cook for America's Test Kitchen. Managing Producer Sally Swift sat down with Simone to hear about the Miss Edna-inspired America's Test Kitchen recipe for Chicken and Pastry, a hearty soup with a thick broth that contains bits of dumpling-like pastry. Try the recipe at home for comfort food at its best!

Photo: Chef Scott Peacock (left) | Peacock working alongside Miss Edna Lewis (right)

 

Famed Southern chef Scott Peacock first cooked with the legendary Edna Lewis as her assistant at a Southern food dinner in Atlanta. He was in his 20s; she was 74. Over the next 15 years - up until her passing in 2006 - they continued cooking together and became dear friends. Francis Lam talked with Peacock about what it was like to be in the kitchen with Edna Lewis, and how her sense of observation, wonder and patience still guide his work today.

Nina Williams-Mbengue remembers aunt Edna Lewis

Oct 4, 2018

Photo: Nina Williams-Mbengue (left) and Edna Lewis (right)

There are many lenses through which to look at the life of Edna Lewis. You can talk about her career as a chef, an author, a farmer, or an activist. But, first and foremost, she was a woman with loving friends and family. We wanted to know more about what Miss Edna was like on a personal level. Francis Lam was able to talk with Lewis's niece Nina Williams-Mbengue, who runs the Child Welfare Project at the National Conference of State Legislatures, about her Aunt Edna.

Photo: Sara B. Franklin (left), Edna Lewis (right)

Pasta Party! A collection of pasta recipes and video

Oct 3, 2018

October is National Pasta Month, and we wanted to celebrate by throwing a pasta party featuring some of our favorite pasta recipes and videos from The Splendid Table website. Check out the recipes and clips below. If you are looking for more ideas, visit our complete Pasta Recipe Collection. We love to hear about your favorite pasta styles and recipes, and we particularly enjoy seeing your pasta dishes.

Enter to win Edna Lewis book by Sara B. Franklin

Oct 1, 2018

October 2018 Giveaway

Every month, The Splendid Table helps listeners equip their kitchens, stock their pantries, and fill their bookshelves. This month, one (1) winner will receive one (1) copy of Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original by Sara B. Franklin. The book has a retail value of $28.00. Enter before October 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time, by submitting the form below.

Cecile Richards is one of the most powerful, accomplished, activist leaders of her generation. She helped her mother, Ann, get elected governor of Texas, she was a labor organizer for migrant women, and she was the president of Planned Parenthood for over a decade. She’s also a serious cook and baker with an intense passion for pies and Southern food. Richards talked with Francis Lam about the ways in which food bridges the divide we often feel in politics, and passed down to Francis three essential skills in cooking.

Francis Lam inherited a chunk of puer tea from his grandfather nearly 25 years ago and has never tasted it, partly because he wasn't sure how to properly serve the tea in order to pay the full respect to boty the tea leaves and his grandfather. Recently, he took the tea to tea expert Tim Hsu. Tim showed Francis how to prepare the tea so that you can appreciate the many layers of aroma and flavors. Tim was also able to tell Francis more about of story of where the heirloom tea likely came from as they both tasted it for the first time in a peaceful and somewhat emotional setting.

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