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Lynne Rossetto Kasper Dishes on a Caller Who Cooked a Turkey in Hot Tar and Being a Reluctant Rock Star

Lynne Rossetto Kasper -- longtime host of NPR's James Beard Award-winning The Splendid Table -- was in town over the weekend to help KJZZ with its pledge drive. When I mentioned to four different friends that I was interviewing her, I got the same excited (and clearly envious) response every time: "Oh my God! I love her!!"

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I watched Kasper in action at the cocktail event at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Friday night, where a panel of four top Valley mixologists assembled for a discussion and taste of four craft cocktails (more on that later this week), and the next day, I took her out for a two and half hour lunch. And guess what? Her warmth, easygoing charm and enthusiasm for all things food-related are completely genuine. But if you listen to her religiously on KJZZ every Sunday afternoon, you probably already suspected as much. Here are the highlights of a conversation we had over Bento Boxes at Nobuo.

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Nikki Buchanan