New York Times Food Columnist Melissa Clark Hosts American Public Media’s New Food Podcast: Weeknight Kitchen

ST. PAUL, Minn. Aug. 21, 2019 — Melissa Clark, a food reporter and columnist for the New York Times, NYTCooking and a regular contributor to American Public Media’s The Splendid Table – a weekly food program celebrating the intersection of culinary and culture –  is taking audiences into her own home with Weeknight Kitchen, launching September 4.

Produced by APM and created by The Splendid Table team, this new podcast gets its inspiration and namesake from The Splendid Table’s popular weekly e-newsletter that features practical and delicious weeknight meals.

A preview of Weeknight Kitchen is available here and on all podcast platforms.

Weeknight Kitchen puts Clark firmly in the driver’s seat by taking on one of the biggest dilemmas of busy people: what to eat for dinner.

Every week, Clark will encourage aspiring cooks to explore the spontaneous and pleasurable moments in the kitchen while also helping to sharpen the skills of seasoned cooks. A recipe and photo will accompany every episode.

“Weeknight dinners are the heart and soul of home cooking and in this podcast, I hope to show you how to get simple, great food to your table,” Clark said. “Yes, I want to inspire you, I definitely want to entertain you, but most importantly, I want to make you hungry, because craving great food is the first step to cooking it.”

Clark has been writing about food and developing recipes for the modern-day lifestyle for decades. Sally Swift, Co-creator and Managing Producer of The Splendid Table and now Weeknight Kitchen, said there is no one better equipped than Clark to take on this task.

“She is one of the world’s greatest home cooking evangelists. She is clear-eyed and practical, with a wicked sense of humor and intellect,” said Swift of Clark. “She writes recipes like Elvis Costello writes songs. Imagine getting to hang out with her in her home kitchen.”


About American Public Media
American Public Media® is the national programming division of Minnesota Public Radio® and reaches more than 19 million listeners via approximately 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programs in the nation. APM offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism. For more information on APM, visit

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