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The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show Hardcover – April 8, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st Printing edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307346714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307346711
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A joint effort between Kasper, public radio host of The Splendid Table, and her producer and fellow foodie, Swift, this superb book should grace the shelves of even the most infrequent of cooks. Full of tantalizing, fast and easy-to-assemble meals, this collection also focuses on the ideas behind the techniques: what to look for as the food cooks, what kind of pot ensures success, and where substitutions will work. Helpful information such as why buying imported Italian pasta and why salting pasta water are important help the less experienced extract flavor from basic ingredients. Recipes center on quick and nutritious dinner options, including Dressing-in-a-Bowl Supper Salad, North Shore Shrimp Scampi, and Lamb Chops with Crossover Spice Crust. The authors also provide valuable references such as a tasting guide to salad greens, advice for imparting flavor to frozen shrimp and suggestions for using pasta water in sauces. Given the show's popularity, the accessibility of the recipes and the authors' practical and useful advice, this excellent book is sure to become a kitchen staple. (Apr.)
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About the Author

For more than twenty years, James Beard Award winner LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER has been recognized as one of America’s leading food authorities, commentators, and cultural historians. The national radio show she co-created and hosts, The Splendid Table, is a staple of American Public Media, and her column, Ask the Splendid Table, is distributed to more than four hundred newspapers across the nation. Her first cookbook, The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food, was named Book of the Year by both the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. This is her third cookbook.

SALLY SWIFT is a twenty-year veteran of television and radio, and is co-creator and managing producer of The Splendid Table. This is her first cookbook.

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I look forward to trying many of the recipes in this beautiful book.
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I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys food but cannot spend all day looking for ingredients and cooking.
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I recently bought this book and have already made several of the recipes.
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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Homeyer on April 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love to cook but was in a rut with my weeknight standard recipes, and heard Lynne talk about this new book on NPR. I immediately bought it just for the Hoisin Noodles 4 Flavors recipe, which I made this weekend for a very appreciative audience of husband and dad - it was easy and delicious of course, but most happily it was something different. I can't wait to try many of the ideas I've found there - now I need a bottle of fish sauce to add the umami to lots of recipes - and am excited about weeknight cooking again. I'd recommend this to anyone who isn't afraid of red pepper flakes, roasting a vegetable, or the occasional pat of butter or dollop of cream. It's full of tips, clear explanations, realistic cooking times for recipes, and a great "Here's a basic equipment list," plus great little stories and quotes. I love this book! I'm ultra-confident that new recipes will put the "Wow" back into our weeknight AND weekend cooking! Thank you, Lynne and Sally!
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I like, not love, The Splendid Table. I enjoy it when I happen to turn on the radio, but I don't market my calendar to ensure I catch the radio show.

On the other hand, I'm completely taken with this cookbook. It fills a specific niche: real non-shortcut cooking, with the awareness that you probably have to start dinner after you get home from work. The recipes are all chosen with that desire/limitation in mind, and give you an estimate of how long it'll take from start to finish.

There's a pretty wide range of ethnic flavors, from Italian pasta to Chinese stir fries, which can keep the supper table interesting. So far, I've made only one recipe, but it was a clear winner: tarragon chicken breasts with buttery leeks. It promised to be done in half an hour... which was really more like 45 minutes, but we spent less than ten minutes in the kitchen. Many recipes suggest improvisations, simple or complex; she suggests other herbs instead of the tarragon for that chicken recipe, but another recipe for pasta with butternut squash and greens extends to a fennel garlic roast. I have my eye on this recipe for corn chowder and on the tamarind-glazed pork chops.

Among the features I like in this cookbook (and wish others would adopt) is that the ingredient is in boldface. That is, "2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice" has the "lemon juice" in bold type, making it easy to scan through the ingredient list while you're composing a shopping list or cooking.

A more major component of the cookbook is the little essays that come from the radio show, such as the discovery that consuming different cheeses before bedtime affects the nature of your dreams, and an explanation of the seed savers' exchange. Plus, a "building your library" sidebar will recommend cookbooks that you probably want to explore. The result is an inordinately *readable* cookbook, not just one to grab when you're wondering what you can possibly feed the family.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By AlexanderBanning on October 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I received this book from my girlfriend, who knows how much I love Lynne's show and collecting cookbooks. I am usually skeptical of books written by media personalities (e.g., nearly everyone on the Food Network) because the books are almost always hyped and are no more special than cookbooks written by others. A pretty face does not always a good cookbook make.

Many others have commented on the book's layout and design, so I'll focus on the recipes contained within the book. Most of the them require a lot of little ingredients, especially spices, oils, and herbs, so most of your time in the kitchen will involve gathering and preparing these than actually cooking the food. I found that nearly all of these dishes tasted better the next day and needed more salt than specified.

Nearly every recipe has been a revelation of some sort:

1. The Pan-Crisped Deviled Eggs are a new take on the American classic: you brown the the recipe's deviled eggs in a skillet, which enhances the taste and texture.

2. The Cuban Black Bean Stew is hearty and simple; it's perfect for a chilly fall day. It's inexpensive, too: my grocery store practically gives away smoked ham hocks.

3. The recipe for Tomato-Cheddar-Packed Turkey Burgers produces wonderfully moist burgers and the splash of wine adds a welcome (but light) complexity. Word of warning: You'll think there's something wrong after you mix the ground turkey with the rest of the ingredients: the patties will be very wet and not hold shape. Don't worry: drop them on the hot skillet and everything will work out in the end.

4. Lynne's Winter Tart of Roast Vegetables and Endive demonstrates how easy it is to use frozen puff pastry and how well it works as a "pizza" crust.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Reen on October 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I work full time and cook for my husband and me. It is important to me to cook healthy meals and I am willing to purchase quality ingredients although my budget is limited and I hate waste (buying a jar when I need a quarter cup of a rarely used ingredient, for example). Once in awhile I'll cook an elaborate meal, but my preference is for meals that can get on the table with less than a half hour of my time and rely mostly on staples I can keep around. So far I LOVE the "Warm white bean salad with fragrent garlic and rosemary" which is now a weekday,throw-together-at-the-last-minute meal for us on a regular basis. I also LOVE the "Summer Zucchini Pasta." But the cookbook is worth the price for the French Fudge Cakes alone. I made the panna cotta and served it along with the fudge cakes for guests who haven't stopped talking about it when I see them. I can't remember the last cookbook where I found both weekday staples along with dishes that impress. I also appreciate that Lynne teaches techniques and encourages experimenting. I've riffed on the zuchinni pasta but now always add the pasta water to create the "sauce." I feel like I am learning to cook, not just following a recipe. I agree with one reviewer that the graphic design is a bit distracting in some cases, but I've taken to writing on the recipes myself - notes about substitutions and favorites - so it feels like a two-way conversation. This cookbook is for the just beyond basic beginner or the cook who has more ambition than time. A cooking 102 from a master teacher.
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