Lynne Rosetto Kasper Eats Weekends (podcast)Mar 26th, 2017 | By Cecilia | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
Weekends. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
If you are a food lover and public radio listener you have heard Lynne’s mellifluous voice on her program The Splendid Table, from American Public Media, curl around your ear bones, setting them abuzz with her wit, knowledge and warmth — stimulating your culinary imagination and your appetite.
In How to Eat Weekends, which she wrote with her friend and producer, Sally Swift, Lynne reminds us to slow down, because: “Weekends are when you have time to stretch out and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.”
I met Lynne in October 2011 at the Texas Book Festival here in Austin (Field & Feast headquarters); How to Eat Weekends had just been published, and she was here to share her work with a public hungry to know more.
We met at her room at the Four Seasons, where she offered me a seat and poured me a cup of coffee, and was completely present.
Food people are generous that way.
This is an encore broadcast; when the show first aired, we gave away copies of How to Eat Weekends. Hence, the comments below.
I was sad to hear that Lynn Rosetto Kasper planned to turn over hosting duties of The Splendid Table to Frances Lam. Not because he isn’t terrific and already doing a fabulous job. But because I grew to deeply appreciate Lynn and what she brought to the show and our collective understanding of food, culture and the world . So I decided to dust off a show I did with Lynn several years ago, as a tribute to her many years of keeping us entertained, informed and well fed.
Lynne told me weekdays are usually a flurry of activity: “It’s get the stuff on the table for goodness sakes, so that you can eat and then you can relax.” She says it flips over on the weekends. “Weekends are when you can relax and enjoy the cooking. It’s when you can enjoy the hunting and the gathering. In one sense, the destination, or the eating — yeah, it’s important — but what’s really fun for me is when I get a chance to go to the farmers market, and on the way home, I get to that neighborhood I’ve always meant to visit, and that market from a culture that I really know barely anything about. But I’ll figure it out, and if I don’t I’ll come home with things I’ve never heard of before. So, I’ll get online, and I’ll figure stuff out, or I’ll figure out how to communicate with people in that neighborhood to learn what I can. And it will be like starting all over again. I’ll be completely ignorant, and I’ll figure out stuff. And that’s the way I’ve learned.”
For someone who enjoys food and the experimentation, Lynne says weekends are when you have the time for it. “The piece to this that I think is the fun, at least for me, this is when the pressure can be off. When I cook, and when a lot of people cook, it’s when all the senses are engaged. And whatever is going on in your life, it all falls away. In a funny way, it’s like meditating, because you can allow all the garbage (nobody’s going through life — especially these days — without troubles of some kind), but you can them go. Right now, it’s you and that onion. Right now, you’re boiling the pasta, or you’re making something. Your hands, your sense of smell, your sense of taste, and even your sense of humor. You know, if it doesn’t work, big deal. One dish in your life that’s not going to be perfect. It’s that engagement; and you deserve that. And for me, and for a lot of us who like to eat — we get it through food. And if you’ve never cooked in your life, and you think you’d like to take a shot at it — do it on the weekend.”