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Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show

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by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Sally Swift, Sally Swift
     
 

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Just when you thought the last thing the world needed was another book on weeknight cooking, along comes an entirely fresh take on the subject. As they do on their weekly show, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and producer Sally Swift approach their topic with attitude and originality, making The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper one of the most engaging

Overview

Just when you thought the last thing the world needed was another book on weeknight cooking, along comes an entirely fresh take on the subject. As they do on their weekly show, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and producer Sally Swift approach their topic with attitude and originality, making The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper one of the most engaging cookbooks of this or any other year.

As loyal listeners know, Lynne and Sally share an unrelenting curiosity about everything to do with food. Their show, The Splendid Table, looks at the role food plays in our lives—inspiring us, making us laugh, nourishing us, and opening us up to the world around us. Now they have compiled all the most trenchant tips, never-fail recipes, and everyday culinary know-how from the program in How to Eat Supper, a kitchen companion unlike any other.

This is no mere cookbook. Like the show, this book goes far beyond the recipe, introducing the people and stories that are shaping America’s changing sense of food. We don’t eat, shop, or cook as we used to. Our relationship with food has intensified, become more controversial, richer, more pleasurable, and sometimes more puzzling. How to Eat Supper gives voice to rarely heard perspectives on food—from the quirky to the political, from the grassroots to the scholarly, from the highbrow to the humble—and shows the essential role breaking bread together plays in our world.

How to Eat Supper takes you through a plethora of inviting recipes simple enough to ensure success even if you’ve never cooked before. And if you are experienced in the kitchen, you’ll find challenging new concepts and dishes to spark your imagination.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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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Library Journal

The Splendid Table is the name of Kasper's highly acclaimed first cookbook, her weekly newspaper column, and the radio show she has hosted since 1995; Swift is her producer and "partner in [the show's] creation." Their book, which grew out of a popular e-newsletter they started in 2002, Weeknight Kitchens, presents dozens of simple but imaginative recipes. Kasper is an authority on Italian cooking, but the recipes gathered here, ranging from Thai Cantaloupe Salad with Chile to Filipino-Style Chicken Adobo, were inspired by a variety of cuisines. Many of them include variations, and sidebars titled "Cook to Cook" provide helpful information on all sorts of topics. There are also intriguing digressions on various culinary matters and recommendations for favorite cookbooks. Informative, entertaining, and filled with appealing recipes, this is highly recommended.
—Judith Sutton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307346711
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
04/08/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
547,387
Product dimensions:
7.61(w) x 9.41(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best cookbook I've ever purchased. The recipes are unique, but easy and don't require a "gourmet pallete" to appreciate. The cookbook is full of fun facts, anectotes and other useful information. It reads like a novel. I've purchased four of these books now (including my own). They make great gifts.
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A great read as well as great recipes.
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Remember when everyone had a big Sunday dinner after church? Later that day, on Sunday night, there would be something lighter.... supper! This cookbook is perfect for a meal like that (or a weeknight meal.) The recipes are simple, but thoughtful. The book is fun to browse and the ingredients used are often combined in unusual ways.
Silly_Abbey More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific cookbook written in the spirit of the NPR radio show of the same name. It is engaging, fun, and practical. The recipes are for the most part intriguing to read, simple to make, and without exception delicious to eat! The tips and information about food and cooking in general are interesting and caused me to feel excited about cooking again. Bravo!!
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jbirder More than 1 year ago
If you need a cookbook to make cooking more fun - this is it! The cooking tips, quotes and bits of info are interesting and fun to read while searching for the perfect recipe. And there are plenty of those. I've yet to make a dish from this book that isn't absolutely delicious. Most are also easy. The recipes combine familiar foods in unfamiliar ways and introduce some ingredients that may be new to you. It's as much about the "art" of eating really good food as it is about cooking it! A must for all foodies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite cookbook. I've made SO many things out of it already. LOVE the grape/onion tart, the panna cotta, the little fudge cakes . FRIED hardboiled eggs??? OMG they are so fabulous. My copy is dogeared already!!!! This goes on the shelf right next to Barefoot Contessa in Paris. A great every day AND party cookbook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former caterer and still-avid cook, when I saw this book, I grabbed it. I like to read a cookbook--in other words, give me cooking tips, great stories and exciting recipes! Food does do much more than simply nourish us. How and what we eat has also changed so much in just a couple generations! Sometimes my husband and I talk about the meals we ate growing up (usually with disbelief!) I have not tried any of the dishes yet, but numerous ones have already been tagged to make asap. Most look simple to make with very clear and concise directions. I will report back! By the author of the award winning book,Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.