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

Release Date: 04-13-2013


Five years in France showed Adam Gopnik and his family why the rituals associated with mealtime are often as important to the French as their recipes. Also, two guides from Portugal share the highlights of their country’s cuisine from Atlantic seafood, 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

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Program Extras

Pgm 278a extra - Adam Gopnik finds that, in France, speaking ill of foie gras is akin to bad-mouthing communion wafers - it’s just not done. And they find an easy way to think about pairing wine with food. (runs 2:56)

Pgm 278a extra - Rick gets a translation of what’s in the cans Cristina Duarte brought him from Portugal -- seafood treats you’ll find on the grocery shelves in Portugal. (runs 2:12)