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The Splendid Table on Emilia-Romagna


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The Splendid Table on Emilia-Romagna

thomco | | May 10, 2010 11:15 AM

This might be old news to some of you...

I'm sure most people on this board (and any serious foodie) is familiar with Lynne Rossetto Kasper's show on American Public Media: The Splendid Table, whose targeted audience is "people who love to eat." Among many other awards, the show has won James Beard Foundation Awards for Best National Radio Show on Food.

What I didn't know, until last week, was her connection to the food of Emilia-Romagna.

I was reading Fred Plotkin's "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler". In his introduction to the Emilia-Romagna regions, he writes:

"...I recommend, if you want to learn much more about the food of Emilia-Romagna, that you read Lynne Rossetto Kasper's excellent book The Splendid Table, which is so authoratative the even though the author is American, Italians use it to better understand this region's food."

Well, this got me curious. I haven't rushed out and bought her book, but I did search her radio archives.

In 2008, she did a two-show special on Emilia-Romagna. She visits trattorias, coffee shops, acetaia (balsic vinegar makers), and salumeria. Comments on the food and interviews the proprietors.

It was most enjoyable and informative, and recommended to anyone interested in this region. You can listen or download it here:

I also found an episode with guest Fred Plotkin talking about the cuisine of the Marche. Great timing before I go on a trip to Emilia-Romagna and the Marche! However, there isn't really much in this interview that Fred doesn't already include in his book: