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Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters Paperback – Bargain Price, August 22, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594865310
  • ASIN: B000S1KUZG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,804,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

NPR listeners are probably familiar with Nelson and Silva's radio program, "Hidden Kitchens," in which they interview amateur cooks who use improvisational methods to prepare food in unconventional places. This book expands on that concept, with Nelson and Silva offering expanded commentary and a handful of recipes from their interview subjects. While the cooks profiled use everything from George Foreman grills to makeshift fryers to whip up their meals, the recipes assume the reader has a conventional, working kitchen and are fairly straightforward and easy to make. But it's the stories behind the food that comprise the book's soul. The Sisters solicited tips from listeners in researching this book, which provided them with plenty of leads, though the verbatim transcripts of phoned-in tips that appear on nearly every page, and sometimes several times on a page, can make for a frustrating read. However, Nelson and Silva's mini-expose on the popularity of the George Foreman grill among the homeless is a solid piece of reportage that blends in the narrative of Foreman's life with that of the people who depend on his countertop appliance for their meals. The Chili Queens of Texas, women who sold tamales, chili and tacos as unlicensed street vendors at the turn of the century, also receive an in-depth profile, as do cooks on the NASCAR circuit. The book isn't so much about Rube Goldberg-like contraptions used to cook food (although there is some of that) as it is about American ingenuity and people making the most of what they have.
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Review

From THE MIAMI HERALD and THE PALM BEACH POST
A Chicago homeless man explains the beauty of the George Foreman Grill that he uses to make meals in a tunnel. An inmate at Louisiana's Angola prison made praline candies while in solitary confinement. There are underground meetings of raw milk societies in New York City and Indiana.Who knew? In one of the year's best nonfiction audio books, National Public Radio's Kitchen Sisters - Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva - take you to weird places where people sometimes create strange food, proving that not everyone in this country eats only microwave or takeout.You meet the Chili Queens of San Antonio and vegetarian tailgaters at Phish concerts; You visit a cooking schoolat a San Francisco jail. After Nelson and Silva put out the word on all-powerful NPR for listeners to call in their favorite hidden kitchens, they were swamped with responses. This audiobook lets you hear those radio tips that were taped on an answering machine. Actress Frances McDormand as the reader is more than you should expect for $19.95. She fits this material perfectly (remember the pregnant deputy in Fargo, asking about buffets?) As a bonus, you get to hear Tony Joe White's Polk Salad Annie. You'll love this audio book if you're a fan of NPR's eclectic mix of stories on All Things Considered, which first aired the Kitchen Sisters. These stories, each one better than the last, stream past: Mexican street vendors; a Sicilian gourmet cook; cooking for NASCAR teams; Native Americans harvesting wild rice in northern Minnesota. My advice? Buy four or five copies for holiday gift-giving, because you don't know anyone who won't love Hidden Kitchens.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Emory on May 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was a membership gift from NPR. I thought, of all my choices, it would be most interesting. I'm glad that I didn't buy it. The book focuses more on the narratives of the different cooks in unlikely places than on the recipes that they use. All of the stories are excellent reminders that all people love food, and that we are quite clever in inserting good food in our daily life, wherever that might be. The most inspiring to me was the first story of the homeless and nearly homeless who use the George Foreman grill on the streets or in SRO hotels where cooking is forbidden. This is contrasted with Foreman's life as a child, where hunger was a constant presence. I am sure that I will try some of the recipes, but cannot recommend the book unless you like The Hidden Kitchens on NPR, which I had never heard of until now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2008
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A selection of quirky pieces. Most are phone message left for the kitchen sisters. Some good, some just ramble on and on. I am a fan of the show so I was expecting more.
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By Librarian on March 7, 2014
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A fun tour through kitchens where the chefs maybe ordinary people but the food is anything but . Made me want to get in the car and go for a road trip tour to find these places.
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Heard HIDDEN KITCHEN (Macmillan Audio), written by Davia Nelson and Nikkii Silva--aka "The Kitchen Sisters."

These two women took much of the material in this book from NPR's Hidden Kitchen Hotline . . . this was a place where hundreds of listeners called with messages regarding recipes and kitchen happenings, as well as cooking successes and failures. There's also new material that the authors assembled from a variety of sources.

Many of the short stories were quirky and often interesting . . . some were quite moving; in particular, wherein I learned how the George Foreman grill was used as a kitchen in a homeless shelter . . . also of interest: the tale of a makeshift kitchen crammed in the racing pits of NASCAR.

I also liked the accompany brief pieces of music and, also, Frances McDormand's excellent narration . . . my only criticism has to do with the fact that I could have done without the telephone beeps and recorded messages that could have easily been edited out.
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I had heard an interview with the authors on NPR and decided I had to read the entire book. It's terrific, and full of places and people you'd like to visit -- and many are still in existence and you really could visit today. With the news intent on telling only awful and terrifying stories of humankind, this book is a must read alternative-- You'll be so proud of the human race, and want to participate more. Could be a textbook resource for high school U.S. History too.
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By Illuvia R. on November 26, 2010
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Although I bought this book for myself, I think it would make an ideal Christmas gift, as long as your recepient likes recipes and poignant stories about homeless people using the george forman grill to cook with. Because I spent under a nickle for the book, I cannot think of a better Christmas value.
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