The Writer’s Block: The Kitchen Sisters

| January 24, 2006 | 0 Comments
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Tune in to KQED’s weekly podcast, The Writers’ Block to hear the Kitchen Sisters read selections from their book, Hidden Kitchens.
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About Hidden Kitchens
Secret, underground, unexpected, unofficial, below the radar, hidden kitchens. Inspired by the popular and highly acclaimed NPR Morning Edition series, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More is a new book by The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) exploring the world of street corner cooking, kitchen rituals and visionaries, legendary meals and eating traditions — a wild, poignant chronicle of American life through food.

Over a thousand listeners called the NPR Hidden Kitchens Hotline with intriguing messages and hot tips about underground kitchens at nuclear test sites, traveling circus kitchens, Burgoo picnics in Kentucky, ramp suppers in North Carolina, hippie kitchens, clam bakes, and more. Hidden Kitchens interweaves these calls with stories from the radio series. A midnight cabyard kitchen on the streets of San Francisco, makeshift kitchens crammed in the racing pits of NASCAR, a secret civil rights kitchen tucked away in a house in Montgomery, the Chili Queens of San Antonio, freighter food from the galleys of the Great Lakes, the most unexpected hidden kitchen of all, the George Foreman Grill. Hidden Kitchens journeys with The Kitchen Sisters as they travel the nation in search of unsung kitchen heroes, community cooking rituals, immersing the reader into an array of unusual and remarkable kitchen cultures.
Purchase Hidden Kitchens (at NPR.org).

About The Kitchen Sisters
The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) have been producing radio programs together since 1979. They are the creators, with Jay Allison, of two Peabody Award winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and the James Beard Award nominated Morning Edition series Hidden Kitchens now in it’s second season. Their work is recognized for its high production, originality and off beat sense of humor. They teach at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and lecture and provide training workshops around the country. In addition to producing radio, Davia Nelson is also a screenwriter and casting director. She lives in San Francisco. Nikki Silva is also a museum curator and exhibit consultant. She lives with her family on a commune in Santa Cruz, California.
Visit The Kitchen Sisters’ web site (at kitchensisters.org).

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I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED's online Food properties. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED.org's Food portal. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX . You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.