The Splendid Table

Reviews For The Splendid Table

Topics are diverse but host Lamb approaches all with curiosity, intelligence and generosity. The Edna Lewis special is a perfect example of this podcast’s blend of cuisine and culture.


By Shams W
I have loved this podcast for many years and am so grateful to have it for my commute to work. Thanks Francis, for the fabulous job you’re doing, and thanks to all the folks who make this podcast possible. Mwah!!!
I'm so impressed at the job Francis Lam is doing since taking over the show!
I have been a loyal Splendid Table listener for the past ten years. I, like many others, was sad to learn that Lynne would be retiring, but have continued to listen each week, hoping that Francis would find his stride. That may have happened, but the show is almost unrecognizable in relationship to what it had been in the past. I’ve always listened to the show for seasonally relevant tips and recipes, to learn new techniques, and to hear from others as to what they’re facing in their home kitchens. Now, when I tune in, it seems as though every week the majority of the show is food politics, and the like. (As background, I’m a mid-thirties, liberal Democrat, and even I’m tired of the arc of the show. The last show I listened to was about vegetarian-ism and masculinity issues. Seriously.) It’s not that I think Francis’ new turn to the show is wrong. It is that it has fundamentally changed the nature of the show and what it has always been. I’m very disappointed. NPR has lost my donation. Here’s to hoping Lynne might return at minimum, for Turkey Confidential in November.
Francis hasn't improved the show much, and his voice doesn't even compare to Lynn's beautiful one.😜 Since he started hosting, there have been so many repeat shows. I'm pretty sure there's one at least once every other week, and the worst part is they're presented as new shows in your feed. Also, the show is much less about food now and much more about politics, racism, culture, etc. I'm just here for the food and recipes, and I don't care about that stuff. There are still some good elements to the show- the listener questions are always my favorite part. But most of the time I'm just like "really, Francis..?"
While I agree it is important to tell the stories behind those who make food and advocate for justice every part of our lives, this podcast has ceased to satisfy me. Most of Public Radio/podcast media I consume informs me of social ills and how to affect change. I just want a podcast that takes me on a gastro adventure and guides me to imagine new flavors. Can anyone recommend some alternatives? Since Lynn left Francis has watered down the experience significantly.
Francis is amazing. Really thoughtful topics on more than just cooking. His rapport with and respect for the people he’s interviewing is clear. And when he laughs, I laugh.
This show is just getting stronger, more accessible, and more relevant every week. Kudos to Francis and the team!
Dear Francis, I love the direction you are taking the show. I fully agree that food is about the people who produce food, who cook food and who share and eat food. Your energy and style are such a welcome and civilized reminder of respect and kindness so very needed in these challenging times. Thank you. Kind regards, Christina Lindstrom
I have listened to “The Splendid Table” for several years. I think I have listened to almost every episode. I enjoy the wide variety of interviewees. I liked the Lynn Rosetto Casper, but also really enjoy the younger version with Frances Lamb.
I love the show and the new direction. So why are you using the same lame music? It’s distracting from his otherwise very smooth and relaxing delivery. keep the great interviews, but change the music please!
When Francis took over for Lynne, I was excited because I thought there would be a new show every week. I assumed that the reason that the show recycled so many segments so frequently, and recycled them multiple times, was because Lynne was getting ready to retire and couldn’t devote herself to creating new shows all the time. Needless to say, I was disappointed to hear shows repeated almost as soon as Francis took over. Yes, they were the shows he had done last year, when he and Lynne were alternating weeks, but they were still repeats. I’ve been listening religiously since at least 2006; I feel that I know most of the episodes by heart. So I can tell when shows are being recycled. It wasn’t only the Splendid Table, either: many other public radio shows were doing the same thing, such as Speaking of Faith, which has now been renamed On Being. Apparently the economic situation is still dire for public radio. Keep contributing folks!
I used to listen to the Splendid Table a few years ago but got a bit burned out. Just downloaded an episode today for my run and I really enjoyed it! Good variety, enough depth on each segment, fun content. I'll be back!
I used to adore this podcast. I love Lynne’s enthusiasm. I do like Francis’ inclusion of diverse foods/food topics and non-European foods. I’ve since attempted making pho. But lately it’s ALL RERUNS. Reruns from when I started listening 2 years ago. It’s almost offensive how lax this podcast has become. I’m wholly disappointed. The most recent podcast had an interesting title. The first segment was fascinating...then reruns
The Splendid Table is the first podcast I ever listened to. It became a Sunday morning treat to listen to after church every week. Lynne Rosetto Casper was an awesome hostess and commentator I came to consider a friend. I was hesitant that anyone could fill her shoes. Frances Lamb is doing an admirable job in my opinion. It is still my favorite podcast!
Do you like to cook? Are you a restless cook, always on the hunt for fresh ideas? Looking to pull off something amazing for your next dinner party? If any of these descriptions fits you, I could not recommend any other podcast more highly. Inventive, informative, filled with interesting segments, powered by people who really have their fingers on the pulse of food today. Not “stunt-y” or “molecular” but practical and delicious. Sign up for their “Weeknight Kitchen” emails, too. Really fun, and useful no matter where you live.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper taught me how to cook over years of the show, and she felt like family. The new host, Francis Lam, has taken this show in a wonderful direction, bringing in diverse voices and multiple views on important subjects. I am deeply grateful for both the show's past and its future.
I enjoy this podcast, and Francis Lam has been great! BUT... I realize podcasts are an audio medium, and that the subject is food, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we have less closely mic'ed sounds of people slurping, chewing, lip-smacking, etc? These are intensely repulsive and appetite-killing sounds in real life, and the effect is magnified X1000 when experienced through earbuds. Don't even get me started on Bridget Lancaster's dog...
This is my favorite food podcast
I have always loved this show! It informs and inspires me in my kitchen. It has made me a much better foodie.
Powerful teaching bites. Appreciate the energy as it forages the relevant. I’ve enjoyed The Splendid Table for years even as it morphs. Thank you Lynne! And now thank you Francis!
Great topics, covered in a very approachable way. A nice diversion from all the anxiety in our society these days.


Love that Americas Test Kitchen now contributes to this show
I like learning from the various guests.
The Splended Table often goes back in my playlist to listen to again. Pieces of advice that were not relevant months ago suddenly connect with a problem or idea I am working on. It is an excellent replacement for my America's Test Kitchen Radio podcast. Thank you for all the variety of useful and entertaining information.
But please stop with the slurping and chewing sounds!! I can't listen to the episodes that have them, drives me insane
I don’t remember when I discovered Splendid Table but loved it from the first. My favorite was when Lynne would create receipes from callers leftovers plus her allowed addition of salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil. I may not be remembering 100% correctly but she always amazed me with her creativity! Best to Francis Lam as he assumes the reigns.
This is really the best podcast I have ever listened to!
Love this podcast, especially the variety of stories, recipes, and ways to explore food.
Well researched and produced. Informative and fun. If you like ATK, Milk Street, Radiolab or Sporkfull, don't miss out on this!
I love that this episode featured some food from areas of the world often forgotten. Melissa Clark is way to excited and i literally couldn't finish the episode. Which is sad because this is one of my favorite podcast.i think it was mostly the pitch of her voice that became intolerable and reaping the same phrases.
I look forward to listening to the latest episode every week -- the hosts are super knowledgeable & friendly, the topics & guests are always fascinating & leave me hungry to try something new to eat or cook, the calls/ questions are fun to listen to too. All in all I always get a warm feeling from this podcast, love it!! :)
Lynne has been a fabulous voice to listen to over the years, providing such a joyful and beautiful take on the art of cooking. While I am sad to see her stepping away, I am so thrilled that The Splendid Table will be left in the immensely capable hands of Francis Lam. He has a different perspective which is just as valuable, and it is just inspiring to see him pick up the lofty role left by Lynne with such graciousness and sensitivity. I can't wait to listen for many more years to come!
Love this podcast been listening for 3 years !! 🍻🥂☕️🍵🍪🍰🎂🍧🍨🍩🍮🍸🍽
Good show with both the current and new hosts. Unusual topics keep things interesting. There has been a problem with iTunes in recent weeks, and the podcast will no longer download. Sad, I will miss the show.
At least there's an archive of the older shows...
I find myself enjoying this podcast (and the radion show) less each week. I've been fast forwarding through them when the segments get too virtuous. Today I didn't listen to it at all. One topic: Why we should tolerate Southerners." Seemed pretentions. Usually there is moralizing about social justice or scary ingrediants (toxins? GMOs?) Splemdid Table is at its best when it's sensuous, instructive or adventuous . The moralizing taints the sauce.
If you love eating and/or cooking, I highly recommend this podcast. I fell in love with The Splendid Table years ago when Lynne Rossetto Kasper was still the host. The suggested techniques, flavor combinations, and interviews with experts on all things food were wonderful. The best part was Lynne's genuine enthusiasm and sweetness that made you feel you were there in the kitchen with her. The new host, Francis Lam, brings the same interesting food topics and warmth that I've come to expect from the show, while adding his own twist. Bravo!
Though I'm not a professional, or even well-experienced in the kitchen, but I LOVE listening to this food podcast! It encapsulates all aspects of food as well as food culture. It's also great to get a break from more news-driven podcasts.
I wasn't sure what this show would be like without Lynn, but Mr. Lam brings a vibrant energy that I find quite entertaining
This was one of my favorite podcasts. While it was always partisan and pushed the social justice narrative, it was at least somewhat balanced. Since Francis Lamb has come on board, every podcast has become a search for a victim, an oppressor and a soapbox from which to push division and social lament of the victim of the day and spewing of whatever "diversity" buzzword will draw the most attention. All important topics and discusion but the guise of informative podcast has all but been destroyed by the onslaught of political correctnes and victim oppressor rhetoric. No doubt there is an audience for this but those who listened in spite of the public radio social leanings, will only listen for so long... too many options out there to continue listening to accusatory, partisan rhetoric every week and hear excuse after excuse for complacency and diminished progress without balanced discussion and perspective. Tremendous potential but execution has taken a hit.
The Splendid Table is an excellent food show. The production is high-quality, the topics are various (about food, cooking, and eating), and I'm often walking away with new ideas.
Very interesting topics, relaxing and enjoyable to listen to. I learn something every time. I love having it on as I'm putting groceries away and cooking. The new host is great. Terrific show!!
Love listening while cleaning the house 😊
I started listening to the Splendid Table radio show while living in Oklahoma and got hooked on the interesting stories, useful advice, and great guests. Now I've moved to the UK I'm so glad the podcast is around so that I can keep up with the Splended Table from far away. The variety of guests is great and I always learn something new from every episode. I'm especially enjoying the new collaboration with America's Test Kitchen, they cover some fascinating stuff every week.
Love the new Splendid Table with Francis Lam! Super interesting stories, funny, serious, everything anyone who enjoys food could want. If you tried the show before and found it a little outdated, do try again. It's like a breath of fresh air wafted through the kitchen.
Now that Lynne has retired the show has taken a liberal political tone. We are no longer listeners. Our entire supper club has tuned out and are enjoying podcasts that are really about food and not an agenda.
I have loved Splendid Table but am very disappointed that Lynn chose a man to replace her. Woman do most of everyday cooking but as soon as a man picks up a spoon he is a "chef". This man may have many qualifications but were there no women? I hope the new show continues to be about down to earth cooking not fussy fancy food. I will try to give the new host a chance but feel wary.
Great show to listen to while cooking! Relaxing, interesting and fun all in one. No one will ever be you Lynne-you will be missed!