Lynne Rossetto Kasper and New Splendid Table Host Francis Lam Offer Cooking Help Live on Thanksgiving Day

For nearly 15 years, listeners across the country have avoided Thanksgiving Day cooking mishaps by tuning in to The Splendid Table’s live call-in show, “Turkey Confidential.” This year marks longtime Splendid Table host Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s final year at the other end of the phone line—and she’ll be joined by the show’s new host Francis Lam. Watch the “Turkey Confidential” trailer, featuring Lynne and Francis.

Francis Lam and Lynne Rossetto Kasper

A holiday tradition in kitchens from coast-to-coast, “Turkey Confidential” gives cooks an open line to expert advice, not to mention great holiday storytelling with special guests. Lynne, Francis and their guests will answer questions live on Thursday, November 23, Noon – 2 p.m. ET, on public radio stations nationwide and online.

For Minnesota listeners, the show will air statewide on MPR News stations, including 91.1 KNOW in the Twin Cities, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT. Visit for a complete list of MPR News stations.

An all-star lineup of guests will join Lynne and Francis this year: Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur, Lidia Bastianich, television personality, cookbook author and restaurateur and Amy Sedaris, best-selling author, comedian and host of a new show on truTV “At Home with Amy Sedaris.”

To contact Lynne and the team during the show, ask questions on Facebook and Twitter, send an email, or call (800) 537-5252. Tag @splendidtable on Instagram to share Thanksgiving feast photos with the “Turkey Confidential” team.

In addition to airing on hundreds of stations nationwide, the show will be streamed live at and available as a podcast a couple hours after the live show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Spotify, and RadioPublic. Not sure where to listen via a public radio station? Check this list of stations that carry The Splendid Table.

The Splendid Table, public radio’s food program and podcast, has been celebrating the intersection of food and life for more than two decades. A culinary, culture and lifestyle program, it has hosted our nation’s conversations about cooking, sustainability and food culture and has introduced Americans to generations of food dignitaries.

In early 2017, Francis Lam was named the new host of the show. A regular contributor and frequent guest host on The Splendid Table since 2010, Lam is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing. In his tenure at Clarkson Potter, he has been the editor behind some of the most creative and best-selling cookbooks and has worked with acclaimed authors, some of the country’s hottest restaurateurs and chefs, as well as celebrities Chrissy Teigen and Questlove. For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef Masters, a spinoff of Top Chef, where world-renowned chefs competed against each other in weekly challenges.

The Splendid Table also airs weekly America’s Test Kitchen segments featuring a variety of America’s Test Kitchen personalities including Bridget Lancaster, Jack Bishop, Tucker Shaw, Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza. Bob’s Red Mill is the premiere sponsor of The Splendid Table episodes featuring America’s Test Kitchen.  

The Splendid Table is produced and distributed by American Public Media and has been listed on numerous “best of” podcast lists including a recent nod by the Huffington Post’s Food Editor as the top food podcast to listen to in 2016.  The show also was featured on CNN as one of the top five food podcasts of 2016. Find The Splendid Table on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr.