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The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper

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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 cookbooks of this or an ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Clarkson Potter
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Bonnie
Jun 10, 2008 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Oh Splendid Table, I hardly knew ye. I had to return this one before I could try anything much out of it. I only really tried one simple recipe. I've been on a salad kick (when you live alone you get to humor your tastes much more) and have been having a salad with Brianna's poppy seed dressing, craisins, sunflower seeds, and parmesan cheese almost nightly. Very, very good. Only problem was that one night I ran out of craisins. Thankfully, I remembered a salad recipe from this cookbook, after I ...more
Bailey
Apr 29, 2014 Bailey rated it it was amazing
I can't stand listening to this lady on the radio - I love the show, I love the content, I cannot wrap my head around her voice, for whatever reason. That being said: this book is really, really, really, really good. To the point where I have checked it out of the library, and I am falling asleep while reading it, and I wake up and I'm hugging it.
Carol
Jun 19, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
An early birthday present from my daughter. I made the oven omelet on page 97. Delicious

'Book Dart' Recipes:
Pan-Crisped Deviled Eggs 0n French Lettuces (Fried Deviled eggs)
Green Apple, Cheese, and Chard Oven Omelet
Almond-Turmeric Potatoes
Carolina Gold Rice (www.carolinagoldricefoundation.org))
Mary
Jan 24, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it
I listen to Lynne's npr show every week; it's great. Her book is not so great. The first problem is the design and layout: not enough photos, typography gone mad, and busy design elements. Add these problems to pedestrian recipes and you have the makings of a disappointing cook book.
Zapittome
Feb 24, 2009 Zapittome rated it liked it
highly recommended if only for the fettucchini alfredo. true decadence and simplicity on a plate. YUM.
Heather Doherty
Dec 08, 2011 Heather Doherty rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite cookbook! My dad gave me a signed copy for Christmas 2 years ago and it is now exceptionally dirty, which is a sure sign that it has spent much time open on my kitchen counter. Last Sunday my husband and I were watching the Giants try to upset the Packers' perfect record. I can't just watch TV though, its too slow, so I opened up this baby and started reading it like a magazine (during commercials and interminable reviews of referees' calls). The stories, foodie lore and quot ...more
JoAnn/QuAppelle
Mar 27, 2009 JoAnn/QuAppelle rated it it was ok
Did the graphic designer for this book have ADD?

This book had terrible graphic design....probably the worst I have ever seen. It was so distracting with big quotes on almost every page, different fonts in varying sizes and colors - eeeek! So distracting and jarring. I cannot believe this got past an editor.

I am glad I got this book from the library and did not buy it. I tried two recipes this week and they were very disappointing. There were a lot of raves by the authors about these recipes and
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Jenny
Oct 30, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper is a marvelous cookbook. I got it for Christmas two years ago and, I must admit, that it seemed quite intimidating to me. On the one hand, the design is very playful, so it feels comfortable. On the other hand, if you look at the recipe names (Scandinavian Flower Eggs with Sweet-Tart Mustard Dill Sauce) and ingredient lists, it seems like you're jumping in to the deep end.

For the first year or so of owning this book, I only looked at it occasionally and di
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Sasha
Jun 07, 2009 Sasha rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, cooking
I started out disliking this book. To begin with, I found the text hard to read; it often changes size, which looks interesting from a distance, but when you're really trying to read the book it's distracting.

Also, this cookbook is quite multicultural, in the same way that most of us are multicultural in our cooking. But I tend to like my cookbooks relatively monocultural, or if they are fusion I prefer that they stick to a consistent fusion style; it's weird to drastically (and often disharmon
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Bryant
Jan 25, 2009 Bryant rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fellow cooks looking to expand their weeknight menus.
Shelves: cooking
I don't listen to The Splendid Table often, but I enjoy it, since it is more of a show for people who love to cook and eat, instead of just a cooking show. This book reflects that spirit, being a collection of not just recipes, but also techniques, descriptions of different foods, food history, and amusing quotes.

Not every recipe in this book is a winner, or will even make it into your regular repertoire. But, there a quite a few keepers that can help shake things up for a regular cook, whether
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Molly
Oct 11, 2008 Molly rated it really liked it
I am an avid listener of the show, so I'd heard a lot about this book. I didn't think I would care for it, but I was wrong. This is one of those cookbooks you read cover to cover. Aside from the recipes which rock (I've already picked up the ingredients for half a dozen), there are facts, tips, anecdotes and most helpfully- ratings(and they name names) of a variety of stand by products like Olive Oil and Canned Tomatoes. It may seem intimidating, but this would actually make a nice book for a st ...more
Anna Wedgeworth
Feb 11, 2017 Anna Wedgeworth rated it liked it
I cooked six or seven of the recipes and half were really good, but the other half really not so much. I'll leave that open for personal taste, but I took a whole star off for the typography in this book. I've never seen so many fonts on a page - reading it was incredibly difficult/distracting. Thankfully they are all on their blog so I'll just be pulling from there.
Debbie
Apr 18, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The Splendid Table radio program is one of my favorites. Lynne Rossetto Kasper has an encyclopedic mind on all things food which makes the call-in portion of her show so interesting. In How to Eat Supper with a bi-line, Recipes, Stories and Opinions, she and Sally Swift share food & cooking knowledge that goes far beyond the recipe. I will admit to having a love affair with cookbooks, almost to the point of an addiction, but this stands out in the crowded arena of cookbooks as one you sit do ...more
Molly
Jan 16, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing
Lynne Rosetto Kasper is a treasure on NPR's The Splendid Table, and in this cookbook she offers some of her greatest gems. Now, when I first got this for Christmas, I hesitated in immediately loving it because it was bound like a book and filled with gorgeous pictures of delicious food. This, I thought, will never work with my messy-frenzied cooking routine. However, every recipe I've tried has become a fave (I'm looking at you corn chowder, saffron-orange panna cotta, cheater's homemade broths) ...more
Robert Wright
Jan 19, 2013 Robert Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, recipes, food
Rosetto Kasper, on her show and in this book, celebrates the glories of food without being overly prissy or condescending. This is a rare quality in food lovers these days, whose various obsessions—"authenticity", only the "best" ingredients, organic, local—can easily devolve into elitist food snobbery.

Not so, here.

Rosetto Kasper will certainly advocate for the best ingredients you can find and afford, but she doesn't make you feel like a leper if your produce came from the supermarket rather th
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Amy
Jul 09, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
I really liked this cookbook. It gave clear directions on how to cook things and how it should look when you've cooked it long enough.
I also liked explanations of simple things like what the different lettuce tastes are.
The quotes and stories are fun too.

I have not tried all the recipes. The ones I did try were good, not amazing, but good. I definitely learned some things about cooking that I think will help me in the future.

The downside to the cookbook is that it sometimes requires ingredients
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Judy
Oct 31, 2008 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-cookbooks
I love this book! It doesn't just have recipes, it has interesting food facts, and a great attitude. For example, on p. 242:

450 degrees
Walk in the door and turn the oven on to 450 deg F. Even if you have no idea what you are going to be eating, this single act starts supper. Roast thin-sliced chicken in minutes, caramelize a mess of vegetables in half an hour, transform a piece of stale bread into garlic-laden slices topped with oozing cheese. That single turn of a knob opens you to culinary se
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Julie Dolan
Jul 01, 2008 Julie Dolan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-book
If you are a person who likes food, the type who lives to eat rather than eats to live, then this book is for you. The book came about from the PRI program The Splendid Table, and their weekly e-newsletter Weeknight Supper. Beautifully designed (however I am not impressed with the Index), it is fun to read, and the recipes are healthy, easy, and easily adapted and expanded (I say this having only made one so far, but you can just tell...).

If you are new to cooking or building your kitchen, this
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Lauren
Mar 15, 2012 Lauren added it
This is the haughtiest recipe book I've encountered. But isn't that what you should expect from a book entitled, "How to Eat Supper" [emphasis mine]? Eye roll.

You're not going to win my admiration when you pepper your pages with unsympathetic quotations like, "Don't ask a butcher how to prepare meat. If he knew, he'd be a chef," (thanks Andy Rooney!) or, better yet, the obfuscatory remark, "...a Catherine Deneuve makeover of the produce section." I love Deneuve, but that's a dated reference. The
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Jomie
Jul 09, 2008 Jomie rated it it was amazing
I love to read cookbooks and cooking magazines. I would even say this is a frequent hobby of mine. Never before had I taken a cookbook to bed with me. I read it like a novel, cover to cover and hanging on every word. Everything I have made from this book has been absolutely delicious. As in my son who thinks chocolate and Lucky Charms are food groups tasted the VEGETABLE soup, complete with spinach, zucchini and other green things and said, "Mom, this is delicious!" Even the chicken curry was go ...more
Shelah
Jul 13, 2008 Shelah rated it it was amazing

If you've been around me over the last five years, you probably know that I'm slightly obsessed with Lynne Rosetto Kasper's NPR food show, The Splendid Table. It's what gets me through my long runs on Saturday mornings, and even though my regular dinner fare is much more lowbrow than the recipes in this book, I felt inspired after receiving the book for Mother's Day to step up my cooking a few notches and try to cook a few things from the book each week. So far I love what I've made, and I love
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Jenny
Jul 18, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it
Despite my vow to only buy vegetarian cookbooks from here on out, I was tempted by this one and couldn't turn away from the deep sale discount. I love Lynne's show on NPR and the huge photographs were worthy of a book themselves. The meat and fish sections were separate enough from the vegetarian recipes--and there are plenty of those here. In addition there are some great stories, historical references, and interesting miscellaneous tidbits tossed in. It has a light, approachable style and was ...more
Lauren
Jul 01, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
I really rate this book 2.5 stars. I thought this book would be more than just a collection of recipes - but it is not. There are 4 pages of intro and a few tips tucked in amongst the recipes, but that is it. Also, this book has the worst layout ever. It makes the recipes hard to follow and the whole book feels chaotic. However, the only thing that saves this book is that the recipes look really good. I also like that most of the recipes are pretty simple with few ingredients, but still are new ...more
Jennifer
Jan 07, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I haven't yet tried any of the recipes in The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. But even if I never do, this book will still satisfy. In addition to its lively and engaging design (other cookbooks should take note), the authors provide countless sidebars, quotes, and blurbs. The tips, techniques, and tertiary information they contain stand on their own, such as advice on buying a wok to a profile of the tiffinwallahs of Mumbai. Always one to seek out more books, I am intrigued by the book sugg ...more
Amy
Oct 12, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
When did reading cookbooks become so much fun? Honestly, I haven't even made any of the recipes yet, but am so entertained by this book and feel like I'm witnessing the authors' courtship with food. It goes beyond recipes and is made whole by what reads like a collection of short stories. It's rich with tips (if a pasta package instructs you to rinse the noodles after cooking, they have been made by inferior wheat, are gummy and not worth eating), perspectives (tiffinwallah, a look at the lunch ...more
Linda
Apr 13, 2008 Linda rated it it was ok
Recommended to Linda by: angry chicken blog
Shelves: cookbooks
There are some interesting recipes here, and I appreciate the basic premise that learning to cook is less about recipes and more about learning the structure of different dishes and how ingredients interact. It's a pretty book to look at, and there are fun quotes and little inset articles detailing the results of taste tasting for various products like canned tomatoes.

That said, the layout isn't so conducive to actually using the book. The modifications come after a page turn (or two!), which se
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Liz
Jul 25, 2008 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
1/14/09: I'm revisiting The Splendid Table and I have to say that the Little French Fudge Cakes (pp. 313) were the most delicious dessert I've ever made. They were gorgeous, delightful, special, but easy to make. Love them! I also made the Lemon-Garlic Roast Salmon on New Potatoes last week, and thought it was a solid recipe.

8/29/08: Boo! There may be some good stuff here, but the super-dry mac and cheese and the nasty cauliflower mashed potatoes that went into the trash have kept me from inves
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Gina
Dec 22, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, 2010, 4-star
This book is awesome. Besides the recipes, there are lots of interesting stories and useful kitchen information. Lots of people have mentioned being bothered by the graphic design, but I really liked it. It was very similar to a magazine format.

Today I made the cabbage slaw with orange pumpkin seed dressing. Instead of topping with smoky tempeh I used perfect petitas from Vegan Lunchbox (pepitas with Braggs, liquid smoke, and chili powder) in place of the plain pumpkin seeds and it was so delic
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Meghan
Dec 07, 2008 Meghan rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of the The Splendid Table on KNPR and I always seem to catch it when I'm driving home from class on Saturdays. Lynne Rossetto Kasper amazes me. She's brilliant and an expert on anything food: recipes, history, technique, restaurants, chefs, ingredients, gardening, you name it. It seems strange to read a cookbook, but this is so much more than a cookbook. It's filled with stories, advice, ingredient ratings, ideas, and fun food quotes. I can't wait to try some of her recipes, especially ...more
Matthew Gatheringwater
Jul 31, 2008 Matthew Gatheringwater rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I enjoy the Splendid Table podcast, so I was curious about the book. It was beautifully typeset and very much like a magazine in layout, with lots of sidebars and two-page spreads. There were some helpful suggestions (such as using fish sauce in unexpected places to stimulate umami) and some useful mother recipes with variations, but this is less of a kitchen workhorse to me than a source of culinary inspiration. Frankly, it is easier to consult the comprehensive list of recipes at the Splendid ...more
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