Program 278: Adam Gopnik: The Table Comes First in France; A Taste of Portugal

Release Date: 03-03-2012


Adam Gopnik discusses why the rituals associated with mealtime are often as important to the French as their recipes, and explains why "The Table Comes First in France"; also, two Portuguese guides share the highlights of their country's cuisine, from the seafood along its long Atlantic coast, to the hearty dishes enjoyed in the inland mountains.


  • Adam Gopnik, author of "The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food" (Knopf)
  • Portugal-based tour guides Cristina Duarte and Maria Jose Cardoso

Program Extras

Program 278 Web Extra - Adam Gopnik finds that, in France, speaking ill of foie gras is akin to bad-mouthing communion wafers -- it's just not done. In this extra bit from their conversation, Adam and Rick discuss the soon-to-be-banned-in-California delicacy, and they find an easy way to think about pairing wine with food. (runs 2:56)