The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential

Thanksgiving Day 2013, 10am to noon
  • Hosted by Lynne Rosetto Casper

Turkey Confidential is a live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST for public radio listeners across the nation.

On Thursday, November 28, help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.

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Mario Batali

Since the opening of Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York City in 1998, Mario Batali has pursued a simple cooking philosophy: use the best local ingredients as simply as possible and serve them with flourish and joy. He and Joe Bastianich have created a successful restaurant and culinary empire that spans New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, and Hong Kong. A multiple James Beard award-winner and author of nine cookbooks, Mario is one of the most recognized and respected chefs worldwide and is co-host of ABC Daytime's lifestyle series "The Chew".

Alexandra Guarnaschelli

The daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, Alexandra's culinary travels have led her to positions at Guy Savoy and La Butte Chaillot in Paris; to restaurant Daniel and the Manhattan standard in New York; and to Patina in Los Angeles.  Chef Guarnaschelli is a recurring judge on the popular primetime series "Chopped" on the Food Network, and is featured on her own shows, "The Cooking Loft" and "Alex's Day Off". She has appeared on Iron Chef America as both a challenger and a judge, and in 2012 she bested nine rival chefs to win The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and joined the ranks of Kitchen Stadium Iron Chefs. In addition to her restaurant work, Guarnaschelli inspires budding chefs as a Chef-Instructor at New York City's Institute of Culinary Education.

Michael Pollan

 For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of Cooked:A Natural History of Transformation and of four New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (2001). In 2003, Pollan was appointed the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, health and the environment.

Ted Allen

Ted Allen is host of the primetime Food Network series "Chopped", which recently received two James Beard Awards — one for the show itself, the other for Ted as host. He also is a frequent contributor to Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." His latest cookbook, In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks (Clarkson-Potter), came out in May, 2012. Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer for Esquire. Ted also writes for such publications as Bon Appétit, Epicurious and Food Network Magazine.

Pati Jinich

 Host of the public television series "Pati's Mexican Table", cooking teacher, food writer and official Chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, Patricia (Pati) Jinich was born and raised in Mexico City, and comes from a family of accomplished cooks.  Before moving to Washington, Patricia hosted Mexican cooking classes in Dallas, Texas, and was a collaborator on the public television series "New Tastes from Texas".  In 2007 she launched Mexican Table — an ongoing series of culinary programs comprised of informative talks, cooking demonstrations and tasting dinners — at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  She has appeared as a guest on the Food Network, NBC's The Today Show, CBS, CNN en Español, Fox News, NPR and The Splendid Table. She has also been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Examiner. Patricia has hosted live programs for The Smithsonian Associates and Meridian International Center, and has cooked at Blair House, the official state guesthouse for the President of the United States.