I love the Splendid Table radio show on American Public Media stations. Lynne Rossetto Kasper is a cool host with such down-to-earth, solid kitchen advice, and her producer Sally Swift is a godsend to cooks everywhere. The callers are thoughtful and witty, and there are some serious recipes given out on the show that have long made my favorites list.
If you haven’t heard the show, you can listen online at their website, where the number of recipes along with whole menus, are staggering and should satisfy harried everyday cooks as well as the weekend kitchen warriors who go into culinary overdrive. This time of year, there’s a whole section on cookies – ho ho ho! – and party bites, along with seasonal favorites.
Cookbooks for readers and cooks
Today, they’ve come out with the list of books from this year for giving that the staff recommends. They’re a diverse group of reads: some cookbooks, like Cook This Now by Melissa Clark; some cooks’ stories, such as Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton; and some to give fodder for debate, like Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.
All would be welcomed by serious food lovers and at the website where the books are listed, you’ll find others from NPR that qualify as top contenders on a cook’s bookshelf this year.
The Splendid Table
Listen to the show Saturdays at 2 p.m. on WPBI-90.7 FM-HD or 101.9 FM in the Palm Beach County area. Listen from Broward to Dade County on Saturdays at noon on WLRN 91.3 FM-HD. On Sirius Satellite and International radio, listen on Saturdays at 7 p.m. or Sundays at 5 a.m. Other listings are on their website.