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The Splendid Table: Episodes

What makes man, man and an ape an ape? According to Richard Wrangham it is not one's ability to fashion tool, but rather the ability to cook. He is the author of Catching Fire, How Cooking Made Us Human. The Sterns are in LA eating a French Dip at its origin, Philippe's French Dip Restaurant, and there ...
(Repeat episode) This week we are rebroadcasting our conversation with a winemaking legend, the late David Lett of Oregon's famed Eyrie Vineyards, Jane and Michael Stern are eating ice cream at Ici in Berkeley, CA and New York City food authority Mike Colameco introduces us to Izakayas, Japanese drinking places.
We're looking at the art of the Asian pickle with Alex Hovzen creator of the Cultured Pickle Shop in Berkely, CA, the Sterns are visiting Moonlite Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, KY, Fred Plotkin teaches us how to take an eaters vacation without a rental car, and Amy Stewart author of Wicked Plants: A Book of ...
This week it's all things tomato with Amy Goldman author of The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table, Jane and Michael Stern are at the Formica Brothers Bakery in Atlantic City, NJ, and writer David Leite, editor of the Web site Leite's Culinaria takes on the Toll House Cookie.
Historian John T. Edge take a look back at one of America's great food treasures, Craig Claiborne, the Sterns share their pick of great public markets on both coasts and wine writer Paul Lukacs from Wine Review Online introduces to the wines of Priorat.
(Repeat episode) This week it's the domestic goddess of the British Isles, TV star and author Nigella Lawson talking those oh-so-evocative summer fruit dishes of England - from fools to flummeries to an unusual take on raspberry jam. Nigella's latest book is Nigella Express. It's burnt ends sandwiches ...
What does a chef consider the most important tool in the kitchen? Chef and writer Daniel Patterson has a surprising answer for all of those who love to cook. He is the author of Aroma. Jane and Michael Stern are looking at the phenomenon of the slider and Elizabeth Karmel author of Soaked, Slathered ...
(Repeat episode) This week we're meeting one of the pioneers in America's artisan cheese movement, our very own Steve Jenkins author of The Food Life: Inside the World of Food with the Grocer Extraordinaire at Fairway. Jane and Michael Stern are at Halibut in Portland, OR and we look at the Southern ...
This week we've tips to turning your kitchen green with Kate Heyhoe author of Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen, historian Rachel Lauden explores the link between Mexican cuisine and Islam, and cheesemonger Steve Jenkins explains the real cost of artisan cheeses.
(Repeat Episode) This week we're meeting journalist Adam Leith Gollner, author of The Fruit Hunters, A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession. Jane and Michael Stern are at Louis Mueller's BBQ in Taylor, TX, and wine wit Joshua Wesson recommends cool wines for hot days.
We're talking to food activist Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food about the intersection between sustainable foods, and our real life pocketbooks. Jane and Michael Stern have been researching the green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico and we look at the origins of the American potato chip with ...
Today we're in Lynne's kitchen to learn about one of our most elusive immigrant cuisines, that of the Hmong people of Southeast Asia. Our guides are the authors of Cooking From the Heart: the Hmong Kitchen in America. Jane and Michael Stern are eating pancakes near the fountain of youth at the Old Spanish ...
(repeat episode) To arm us for 4th of July celebrations, we've enlisted the services of Gourmet Magazine's John Willoughby for a lesson in smoke roasting. Jane and Michael Stern are eating al fresco at Champlin's Seafood Deck in Naragansett, RI. Sally Schneider author of The Improvisational Cook takes ...
(repeat episode) All those people talking about a wine's terroir - meaning the place the grapes come from - can we really taste it? We get the scientific last word from Harold McGee author of the seminal On Food and Cooking. Jane and Michael Stern are at Woodyard Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, KS, and novelist ...
(repeat episode) We're looking at medieval Europe's greed for spices with Paul Freedman, author of Out of the East, Spices and the Medieval Imagination. Jane and Michael Stern are eating old time Florida seafood at Salt Water Cowboys in St. Augustine, Florida, and tea expert Bill Waddington explains ...
The Mayo Clinic's Dr. James Levine is convinced that we are moving animals, not sitting animals and that is the key to keeping our weight in check, He is the author of Move A Little, Lose A Lot. The Sterns have met the happy cows behind the divine ice cream at Woodside Farm in Delaware, and we learn ...
(repeat episode) Neal Rosenthal, author of Reflections of a Wine Merchant joins us with his tale of life in the wine business. Jane and Michael Stern are at Joe Roger's Chili Parlour in Springfield, IL and Gourmet Magazine's John Willoughby gives us a primer in smoke roasting.
(repeat episode) We are looking at the history of the kitchen in America this week with Steven Gdula author of The Warmest Room in the House and Jane and Michael Stern are eating eggnog waffles and espresso twinkies at Bette's Oceanview Diner in Oakland, CA.
This week it's the art of the noodle from an Asian standpoint with Takashi Yagihashi author of Takashi's Noodles. Jane and Michael Stern are on Minnesota's North Shore at Betty's Pies, and American Public Media's John Moe brings us an experiment in dinner table politics, pitting kids against parents. ...
(repeat episode) We've a look at entertaining through the eyes of one of world's most festive and stylish hosts, fashion designer and cultural iconoclast Issac Mizrahi. Jane and Michael Stern may have found the best coffee in Seattle at Crema, and Food and Wine Magazine's Lettie Teague tells us about ...
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