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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.

The summer is flying by. And while we can’t slow down time, we can take full advantage of summer vegetables in their full glory. Hetty McKinnon is an Australian cook and food writer with a passion for vegetables. She’s written a new book on the subject; it’s called Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day.

Photo: Angie Vargas and Francis Lam prep Vargas's kitchen work area for a lesson in making chile rellanos.

The kitchen incubator group, La Cocina, has helped many immigrants realize their dreams in the Bay Area of California. The group helps people with everything from a business plan and legal issues to branding and menu design. Two newcomers to the group are Wafa and Mounir Bahloul. Their business concept, Kayma, has been picked to be part of La Cocina’s food hall, opening in 2020. Francis Lam visited the couple in their home to talk about what's like to be newly arrived in the U.S. and searching for not only work but a way to bring your passion to life.

Lamees Dahbour is one of many immigrant women cooks who are finding a voice and space of their own through the wonderful non-profit kitchen incubator organization, La Cocina, in San Francisco. Lamees worked for many years with the United National Relief and Works Agency, as well as the embassy of Yemen at the consulate in San Francisco, before deciding to follow her life's passion of cooking. Francis Lam recently spoke with her in the kitchen of La Cocina to learn more about the hardships she overcame to build a business that nurtures her ambitions.

Fernay McPherson is a lifelong resident of the Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, a once predominanty African American neighborhood that has gone through a lot of changes since she was growing up there. To keep some of the area's food memories and traditions alive and strong, Fernay started a food truck called Minnie Bell's Soul Movement. From a food truck to a vendor spot at Public Market Emeryville, and now into a more permanent restaurant spot at the market, Fernay has made a name for herself and her food all around the Bay Area.

S'mored out? Bring some sizzle to your campfire cooking

Aug 7, 2019

This digital piece was produced in collaboration with member station KNOW | Minnesota Public Radio News in Saint Paul, MN. Enjoy more food coverage at their Appetites section.

Enter to win Happiness is Baking by Maida Heatter

Aug 1, 2019

August 2019 Giveaway

Every month, The Splendid Table helps listeners equip their kitchens, stock their pantries, and fill their bookshelves. This month, three winners will receive one (1) copy of Happiness is Baking by Maida Heatter. The retail value of the book is $27.00 Enter before August 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time, by submitting the form below.

Here at The Splendid Table we enjoy taking a deeper look at the ingredients that change the way we cook. One ingredient that has been fascinating to us recently is miso, the fermented bean paste that packs a major umami punch. A lot of us think of miso as an ingredient that makes a soup base, but it’s so much more interesting and complex than that. Did you know you could pickle with it?! Kristen Shockey teaches the art of fermentation and, along with her husband, Christopher, has co-authored a number of books on the subject including Miso, Tempeh, Natto and Other Tasty Ferments.

Let's make miso: a step-by-step guide to making miso at home

Jul 29, 2019

Let’s Make Miso!

Excerpted from Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fermenting Grains and Beans by Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey. Copyright 2019 Storey Publishing. Photos by Dina Avila

As a popular food writer and author of more than 30 cookbooks, Melissa Clark has developed hundreds of recipes. Many of her favorites were inspired by her travels abroad, trips on which she embarked as early as her childhood. She talked with Francis Lam about the culinary inspiration she gains from international travel.