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A Listener for Decades

by ArtfullyH on
Rating: ★★★★★

The interview with Kwame Onwachi was absolutely the best one I’ve listened to. Thank for sharing him with the world. I plan to send his book to my grandson.


by SimmonsSay on
Rating: ★★★★★

Relaxing, informative, entertaining, and diverse!

Losing interest

by m. benini on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

As a consumer of TV shows, podcasts, and videos on food and cooking for a number of years, I am growing tired of hearing about celebrity chefs, what goes on in commercial kitchens, and all the political issues pertaining to food. I just want an escapist vehicle that motivates me to go into the kitchen and make something. Of the most recent shows (this is April, 2019), the only one I connected with was the one on cooking tools and knives, how you could sharpen a knife on the bottom of a ceramic cup. That's what sticks, and that's what I tune in for. As for the call-in segments, Francis just isn't programmed for that. Just drop the Splendid Table format and start over with something new rather than keeping The Splendid Table on life support.

Wrong - false advertising

by Catherine Cain on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Francis - if you are going to promote a recipe, you need tp try it first. I was a sucker to try this weekends roasted artichoke recipe. I always steam my artichokes and they are tender and delicious. I tried the roasted recipe and it is worthless and you should never have promoted it. Try it yourself and you will see that you owe your listeners an apology. I have been a big fan but now you are toast. Catherine Cain Glen, Montana

The foodie go to!

by Outlyer on
Rating: ★★★★★

Tinker, tailor, candlestick maker...cook. This show satisfies all. If you can't find an episode that excites you, go back to eating your Big Mac!

Lost Without Lynne

by JJMamaOriginal on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I was a longtime listener of Splendid Table. I looked forward to it every week,more than any other show. I have no problem with Francis as a person; He seems very smart, caring, and no doubt he is very accomplished. My problem is with the complete format change of the show. When Lynne hosted, every segment was different, fun, and interesting. There was lots of variety. She had a great rapport with guests. Now the show is based around a single theme. As many others have said, it is now less about the joy of cooking and more about people. More importantly, it just doesn’t feel fun anymore. I have no problem with the social message the new show is trying to convey, but it feels like a completely different show. The frequent reruns and repurposed segments don’t help either. So I am really missing the old Splendid Table, and I have sadly unsubscribed.

My favorite podcast

by Larsunderz on
Rating: ★★★★★

I was sad when Lynn was leaving, I admittedly had little faith in this new guy Francis. Boy was I wrong. I’m so glad I kept listening for the love of food and the culinary arts. Francis really is so great! It might be silly but I love his giggle. This show has great guests & always interesting segments. Can’t wait for the next one ☝🏼

Big Fan

by LPmusic85 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I really love this show. I have learned so much about the world and life in other places through the lens of food. I have become a better cook and eater since I started listening. I wish there were more Key 3 segments and less reruns of episodes.

Some good, a lot of liberal nonsense too

by Zamalama69 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I’ve enjoyed several episodes. Then I heard a boo-hop, liberal blah blah about cry me a river Sudanese illegals. PBS always has to inject, along the way, what is only relevant to ivory tower liberals. The show would be better being non-political.

Lovely podcast

by Diarg62 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Wide-ranging, thoughtful. Love the host's gentle personality. As a beginning home cook, I have learned so much from this podcast.

What a shame

by HeartNicole on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

It's so sad that the Splendid Table has gone so far downhill. After Lynne retired and passed the baton to Francis Lam the show is a mere shadownof itself. Gone are the passionate calls with listeners, exuberant talks about foos and off the cuff recipes. Gone is the love. Francis is more interested in people than the food they make. His knowledge is nothing compared to Lynne's. Not to mention it seems like 3 out of 4 episodes are now complete repeats or combinations of past interviews. I can't bear to give TST less than 3 stars because of the decades of beauty Lynne left us, but Francis is so milquetoast I hardly ever listen anymore.

One of my favorites

by Newbie homeowner on
Rating: ★★★★★

I appreciate the cultural history aspect of this podcast. I love to cook, and I love to eat, and I really love hearing other people’s stories. Listening to The Splendid Table grows my culinary know-how along with my human empathy. Thanks for all your hard work, Sally, Francis, and everyone!

Love this!

by SChand on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this podcast. I learn SO much about food and cooking. And beyond that, it exposes me to different perspectives —it makes me think. Francis is a wonderful host—funny, knowledgeable, and curious.

Too much politics

by Laura747100 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The show was great with Lynn. I’m sad with the way the show has turned into a political agenda. The last straw was Cecile Richards “baking pies” which was not at all about cooking. No more of this podcast for me.

Used to be better

by Heather @mymotherlymusings.com on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Splendid table used to be my favorite podcast (Lynn was the host)... when I heard Frances was going to take it on- I was sad but decided to give him a try. There have been good episodes, I’m just a bit surprised Splendid table would put someone on as host, who isn’t as culturally rounded as Lynn. I was actually embarrassed for the show in the more recent episode when Frances and guest joke about ‘carrying a mantle’... they had no clue what it even meant. (Psst... it’s not a fireplace mantle! 🤦🏽‍♀️)Bottom line- The guests are generally interesting, I hope the hosting improves over time.

Losing interest

by fuiluhfegfbyhjm on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I have been hearing a lot of “repurposed” segments in the new format. It’s frustrating to get into a podcast on a commute only to realize that parts are reruns.

A foodie must

by Debiker on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast is something every foodie should listen to. I have learned so much about food history, new cookbooks and books about food. Also news about food trends. What more could a foodie want to know. Very interesting and entertaining.

Francis Lam is magnificent

by Rewchan on
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Love it

by Shams W on
Rating: ★★★★★

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!!!

Impressed by Francis Lam!

by lnz789456 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I'm so impressed at the job Francis Lam is doing since taking over the show!

Show’s new agenda disappointing

by HomeCook35 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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.

Lynn >>>>> Francis

by Andria I on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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..?"

Please recommend other food podcasts

by Rum P. Raft on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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.


by Bev the podcast addict on
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Better and better

by DearlyAshleigh on
Rating: ★★★★★

This show is just getting stronger, more accessible, and more relevant every week. Kudos to Francis and the team!

I love that it’s mostly about people

by eastendfan on
Rating: ★★★★★

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

Great podcast

by Jolene111_9 on
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Please get better music

by localfoodlover on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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!

Dying for NEW content

by MC NGG on
Rating: ★★★★☆

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!

Good show!

by char476 on
Rating: ★★★★★

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 love her

by kareykareylou on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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

Still wonderful

by Martashea on
Rating: ★★★★★

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!

The Splendid Table is excellent!

by Brooklyn Brendan on
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

A beautiful show

by Kodiak Julian on
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

less food noises please

by MisterSanuk on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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...

I’m hungry

by PodcastAddict719 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is my favorite food podcast

I love thus show

by chuckstrong on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have always loved this show! It informs and inspires me in my kitchen. It has made me a much better foodie.

Relevant and real

by Owll on
Rating: ★★★★★

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!

One of my favorite podcasts!

by Lnda S on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great topics, covered in a very approachable way. A nice diversion from all the anxiety in our society these days.


by JAGSC on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love that Americas Test Kitchen now contributes to this show

Nice variety and helpful

by Kingrockafan on
Rating: ★★★★★

I like learning from the various guests.

Rewards Repeat Listening

by Mishalak on
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Love the podcast

by thizzzz on
Rating: ★★★★★

But please stop with the slurping and chewing sounds!! I can't listen to the episodes that have them, drives me insane

Not A Cook But Love Splendid Table

by HairyNYC on
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Really Great podcast!

by Victor Apple Store on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is really the best podcast I have ever listened to!

One of my favorites.

by Dhei nfjcjemedjn Sarah on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this podcast, especially the variety of stories, recipes, and ways to explore food.

Endearing & Excellent all around!

by Caiman19 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Well researched and produced. Informative and fun. If you like ATK, Milk Street, Radiolab or Sporkfull, don't miss out on this!

Episode 611

by Megan.dell on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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.

Absolute favorite podcast!

by rktoro on
Rating: ★★★★★

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!! :)

A change of hosts, but still the same glorious magic!

by tian.cellist on
Rating: ★★★★★

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!