The Splendid Table

Reviews For The Splendid Table

I’ve been listening to splendid table for over ten years...I loved Lynn and I still listen to her shows on the website’s archive but the new show with Francis is also amazing! I love how thoughtful and sensitive he is, and how committed he is to looking at the impact of identity and power on the world of food. I find this show incredibly relaxing and I learn new delicious stuff all the time, it makes me a better cook. ❤️
Francis Lam has revamped the show to include a diverse range of chefs and food people from various cultures, and I really appreciate how positive, compassionate and inclusive his show is. He also knows his stuff and this is one of my go to food shows for sure! Highly recommend!
Really, we completely forget we all don’t have this luxury.
Is it possible to have a podcast about food that doesn’t have political undertones? You’ll dismiss half the country no matter what “side” you take. There’s a time and place for political comment. This isn’t i.
I love Francis’s laugh. It lightens things up and illustrates that cooking can be fun. Rhode Island Ruth I agree with everything that “Donzo” says except his assumption that the people that dislike Francis are all elderly. I am very elderly as are my friends. We all love him and his presentations.
No, really. Let Francis direct and mold the pod, but delete his bleepingly horrible giggle.


By NiCaOp
I loved the show when Lynn Rossetto Kasper hosted and I think Francis Lam is just great now that he’s the host! Thank you for keeping it fresh and fun and informative!
I see a lot of negative reviews based on what the show used to be compared to what it is now. As a new listener I can’t compare but I really enjoy Francis as a host. Fun, light hearted and I don’t mind the occasional intersection with politics and culture. It seems to me a lot of the people who are upset are of an older generation and don’t like the fact that food and food culture is inherently political. Great podcast imo.
Seems like there is more emphasis on chefs and the restaurant scene. Spent 20 years on 3rd shift and rarely spent time going out to eat. I’m more interested in cooking at home and the podcast doesn’t seem to cover that as much anymore. He’s a great host and the topics are interesting but it’s not what I’m into.
Please tell me that the constant repeats of shows means a new host is on the way??? Can’t stand the giggle, comments like “great hanging with you Bro “ and all the constant references to himself . I was a constant listener for years. I gave this a trial for many months but now only tune in to see if there is a guest host. Come back Lynn.
In the most recent episode a woman talked extensively about going to great lengths to capture and understand how saffron is grown in Middle Eastern regions. She talked about how careful the process is and how risky it is. And then she and Francis ended the conversation laughing about how she tried to cook the locals a dish using saffron and threw in a huge quantity of it, making the dish inedible. How is this respecting their culture and risk? I listened to a long story talking about the lengths she went through to capture this ingredient, but then she didn’t even know how to cook with it? It seemed odd. It’s this kind of content that makes me less interested in this podcast. I prefer Milk Street these days - new episode, better content and hosts. Sorry to say it, too!
Losing LRC was sad by itself, but the annihilation of my favorite food show has been so much worse. Splendid Table was the first NPR program I ever listened to as a teenager, and it awoke my interest and love of the art of cooking. Hearing Lynne describe foods, tastes and textures helped me see cooking as more than the drudgery my mother seemed to find it. Hearing other callers describe their frustrations or curiosities about recipes or new ingredients that I often related to drew me in, and then Lynne’s warm, authentic responses seemed to untangle all the chaos. I was hopeful that Francis would be a wonderful host to fill her shoes, as I really enjoy his personality, but I have been completely disappointed with the show since then. I understand that our background always influences our cooking, so I am not opposed to some storylines before the guests get into their recipes/ techniques, but this show has become a lot of political statements buried in stories by people involved in the food industry. Not an enjoyable or relaxing experience for the listeners. I long for the program to return to focusing on the FOOD, as that is something we can all enjoy and share together. Please... listen to the reviews. Feeling sad to lose something in my week that used to bring me joy.
I like Francis well enough, but I unsubscribed today after many years because I can’t listen to any more repeats. Also, barely any actual food talk included on this podcast anymore. No longer a fun escape from the politics that plague every day and so many eye roll stories.


By bfghvgh
I miss Lynn. Isn’t there a way to publish her old podcasts?
I was sad to see Lynne leave, but excited about Francis as I’m familiar with his publishing work. I agree unfortunately with a lot of what’s echoed here: there is not enough celebrating of food, recipes, and methods. Like other institutions like the Food Network and ironically the Cooking Channel, we’ve somehow lost the allure and importance of actual cooking. I lean on others now like KCRW Good Food—Evan does a great job of balancing human stories with recipes and home cooking. Please bring back cooking to the podcast!
I really wish the older shows by Lynne Rosetto Kasper were available on this podcast. It’s well-produced, but it definitely caters to millennials with very little focus on recipes or the “how-to” behind the art of cooking. Sorry... lost me as a listener.
Have heard all of these stories more than twice. New content please & agree with more focus on “how to” & recipes.
Francis never talks about recipes He talks about feelings, how minorities got into cooking and when he does talk about recipes, they are mostly vegetarian. Doesn’t go into process of anything I miss Lynn
Can you please collect all episodes of The Splendid Table that were hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and have them in their own separate podcast? It’s very doable, but will you please? Just make room for some new commercials at the end (specifying they’re sponsoring the podcast) and I promise I’ll throw business their way. Plus you’ll keep me as a fan.
Wish there was more cooking and fewer stories. I tried but the show is so different than before w LRC.
I unsubscribed today after years; I like Francis Lam just fine, but the content has shifted from food and cooking to people and cookbooks. These days, when I hear Francis introducing the topic of the day’s show, I tend to utter an audible “ugh, no thanks.” I don’t need another entry in the wokesphere, so I’ll look elsewhere for my foodtalk fix... maybe even the disgustingly named Milk Street, or that shrill pie-fest KCRW Good Food.
I want to hear about food and cooking on this podcast not a passive aggressive political statement about the Statue of Liberty. Using his kid’s Halloween costume as the way to deliver his message made it even worse. Unsubscribed.
Growing up with Splendid Table on Sunday afternoons with Lynne introduced me to the food world like nothing else, and kept me going as I nurtured dreams of food becoming my career - I am happy to say that now my dreams are coming true! Francis Lam is the absolute PERFECT replacement for her, he is warm, enthusiastic, so curious and just genuinely loves doing what he does. His laugh is everything to me 💖 love splendid table, love you Lynne and love you Francis!!!
Francis Lam has such a warm, gentle voice, and the most bubbly, genuine laugh. I love his insightful and respectful approach to interviewing all his guests.
The Splendid Table was my favorite NPR show and podcast for years. At first I was excited for Francis Lam to be the host (though sad to lose LRK). I just can’t listen any longer. It has turned into a series of extended infomercials about chefs and their cookbooks. I no longer hear anything that I can put to use in my own kitchen as practical information or inspiration. America’s Test Kitchen gone? Listener call-ins gone? Now I’m gone.
I am not much of a cook, but this show is very interesting and inspires me to try to cook more. I learn so much from each episode.
I always appreciated Lynn for what she did well and now I appreciate Francis for what he brings. It’s not going to be exactly the same - that would be boring, wouldn’t it? With both, I learn new things about food and about people who are passionate about food. That’s what I’m interested in and The Splendid Table continues to deliver it.
Not the splendid podcast it used to be. First, it is very difficult to listen to Francis Lam speak — like you know tee hee hee? Second, I don’t necessarily object to the topics, but the focus now seems to be mainly on the creator, not the creation. Yes, I want to learn about how redzepi came to be interested in fermentation but I’d also like to know more about the fermented products and how they got that way. More about the cooked and less about the cooker please!
This podcast is just not enjoyable with Lam. I tried but it’s not working.
I’ve tried hard to like Francis, but his wandering, unfocused comments and annoying giggle have defeated me. I’ve resorted to going to the website and listening to the vintage episodes with Lynne.
I listen to this program every week. It is always interesting and culturally challenging! I love it. Thanks
Love the interviewer, love the guests, love the everything about the production. Keep up the good work!
I used to absolutely love this show, and I admit I was disappointed when LRK retired, but I’ve tried to give Francis a fair shot and it’s just not working for me. The show used to be about food and cooking. Now it’s all human interest stories and some weird insider world for chefs, not the home cook. No recipes, no food talk, no tips, no food culture... And Lam just isn’t that entertaining. I’m actively seeking other podcasts to fill the void.
I was super disappointed when Lynn moved on because she was so familiar, but I now really enjoy the angle Francis offers. It feels fresh and more meaningful to our current reality. I am not into the short bits with Melissa though. I find the sound recording annoying but maybe what she is sharing has appeal to someone else. I am vegan but like to hear about the cultural, worldview implications of food and diets, and I also enjoy the alchemy parts of cooking too. The storytelling is most interesting to me, not the quick tips for how to make dinner fast drivel.
Less giggling more food and no more melissa Clark she is way too anxious
I’ve read a ton of bad reviews on here of Francis Lam you have to listen for yourself to see but I love the show.
Please, please stick to food stories!!!
I do listen every single week and I have learned some great tips and cooking and life ideas. I would appreciate if there was a warning about repeat segments on supposedly ‘new’ podcast content. It is annoying to hear the same interviews and content secretly put into new stuff. But, maybe I’m crazy and that’s not what’s happening.
While I still enjoy the show sometimes, I’m disappointed by Francis Lam. That laugh/giggle is disconcerting, both in sound and timing. It often seems to be deployed when Lam feels the need to interject but doesn’t have a full sentence or thought to add. I generally skip his segments and listen to the other parts of the show. I understand the need to grow and change, but I’m nostalgic for the old days of an actual food show.
While I started listening to ST under Lynn’s creative direction, I appreciate and true enjoy the new direction that the show has taken. I think there are a lot of negative reviews by folks that are unable to move on. To those people, they can listen to the old episodes. I think if one is open to new can be good, then they will enjoy Lam’s direction. After all, isn’t trying new things and enjoying them with friends and family what the show is about.
I enjoy the direction that Francis has taken the show. Not only the recipes but interesting forays into food culture, history and ideas. He asks interesting questions too. I know Lynn hand picked Frances and I compliment her foresight. I am also glad to see Sally taking on a more prominent role and love her down-to-earth style.
This podcast used to be about the food...and now with new host Francis Lam it’s turned into a sort of “This American Life” with a food angle. I think Francis may not be the right fit for this podcast as he clearly wants to explore the cultures and socio-economic information of foods rather than the actual ingredients themselves. Francis also never seems to do the live caller sessions anymore which is disappointing. This podcast has really strayed from what drew me in originally. Please please PLEASE keep this show about the food.
So very tired of Lam’s ridiculous giggling. Can’t listen anymore.
I’ve listened many years until the new host Francis whatever. Lynn kept it professional yet personal. This guy has that mocking laugh at the most inappropriate times like that friend who laughs too loud and too long Because they never left jr high. I’ve actually unsubscribed and when I listen to an episode I cringe and his cackle. Take note.
Thank you for bringing awareness to social/cultural issues but I listen to this show for the enjoyment of food. Please talk about food.
One of my favorite ways to learn and relax. You guys have built a wonderful and welcoming space for cooks of all abilities. Francis does such incredible interviews and his laugh is so wonderful to hear. I love “Turkey Confidential” on Thanksgiving and have learned so much from your regular call-in sessions! Thanks for making me a better cook!
I love that this podcast opens my mind and world to what is going on in the world. I loved the recent themed podcast about using the left overs and scraps. I love hearing from and about chefs that live in the US and in other countries. I love learning how others cook, their food, and their cultures. Thank you for opening my eyes to the food and people world!!! I also enjoy stories about hidden food treasures. Keep up the good work and Thank you Francis. Your interest and interview style keeps me engaged. I love the newsletter and frequently download and print the recipes.
Agree with prior comments. Long time fan losing my interest over the non food topics to making every topic tied to a political issue. Am sympathetic but not why I listen.
Please stick to food stories. The world is over saturated with political views and I just need a break from it.