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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well it finally arrived... after Christmas. It was a little disappointing that it took so long. Had to buy another gift at the last minute to cover for the tardy one.Published on February 5, 2010 by Jill Cole
Recipes pepper Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, but Hidden Kitchens is more than just the chronicle of the beloved National Public Radio... Read morePublished on April 2, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
The book arrived fast and in excellent condition, but many of the recipes weren't that interesting, better to check out Clementine Paddleford's classic book How America Eats !Published on March 8, 2006 by Kate Runyan
This is definitely a cookbook worth owning. And great for gift giving.
Janet Sue Terry author of "A Rich, Deliciously Satisfying, Collection of Breakfast Recipes".