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Turkey Confidential

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Nov 17, 2014 2:56 PM

Join us for a special presentation of The Splendid Table with Turkey Confidential, a live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving Day from 11 am – 1 pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3.

On Thursday, November 27, 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.

Joining Lynne for the broadcast this year will be:

  • Lidia Bastianich - Emmy award-winning public television host, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food – to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her cookbooks include Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking (2013), Lidia's Favorite Recipes (2012), Lidia's Italy in America (2011), Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy (2009), and Lidia's Italy (2007) – all companion books to the three-time Emmy-nominated television series "Lidia's Kitchen", "Lidia's Italy in America" and "Lidia's Italy". Lidia is the chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants, Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto; as well as Lidia's Pittsburgh and Lidia's Kansas City. She is also founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions, including "Lidia's Italy".
  • David Leite -  The publisher of the website Leite's Culinaria, which has won two James Beard awards. He is the author of The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. His writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post and the Charlotte Observer. His awards include a 2008 James Beard award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes, a 2006 Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, and Association of Food Journalists awards in 2006 and 2007.
  • Melissa Clark -  Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. After brief forays working as a cook in a restaurant kitchen, and as a caterer out of her fifth floor walk-up, Clark earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and began a freelance food writing career. She recently joined the staff at the New York Times where she writes a weekly food column called A Good Appetite. She has also written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, and Martha Stewart, amongst others. She is the author of Cook This Now (2011), In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite (2010) and 32 other cookbooks.
  • Carla Hall - Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC's popular lifestyle series "The Chew," alongside chefs and restaurateurs Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.  A native of Nashville, TN, Hall received a degree in Accounting from Howard University, but traveling through Europe awakened her passion for food and inspired a new career path. She attended L'Academie de Cuisine in Maryland and went on to work as a Sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, DC. She also served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club, and has taught classes at CulinAerie, Sur la Table and her alma mater, L'Academie de Cuisine. Hall is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory "petite bites of love." She is also the author of Carla's Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World (2014) and Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You (2012).
  • Francis Lam - Francis Lam is a James Beard- and IACP-nominated food writer, an editor at Clarkson Potter, and a judge on the Bravo TV show "Top Chef Masters." He has also served as a features editor at Gilt Taste, provided commentary for the Cooking Channel show "Food(ography)," worked as a senior writer at Salon.com and as a contributing editor at Gourmet magazine. His work has appeared in the 2006-2014 editions of Best Food Writing.
  • Henry Alford - Humorist and journalist Henry Alford has written for the New York Times and Vanity Fair for over a decade. He has also written for the New Yorker and he has been featured on National Public Radio.  Alford is the author of a book about manners, Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That? (2012); a book about the wisdom of people over the age of 70, How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They are Still on This Earth (2009); a humor collection, Municipal Bondage (1995); and an account of his attempts to become a working actor, Big Kiss (2001), which won a Thurber Prize.

Phone lines (800-537-5252) will be open nationwide and the program will be simulcast live on the Web at splendidtable.org.

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