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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Davia Nelson, Nikki Silva Narrator: Frances McDormand Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781593978341
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Food is our common ground, a universal experience. –James Beard
The saga of the Chili Queens of San Antonio, NASCAR kitchens tucked away in the crew pits at race tracks, the story of an unexpected kitchen—the George Foreman Grill—these stories and more from Hidden Kitchens, the popular and highly acclaimed radio series on NPR's morning edition, is now being released on a 3 CD set based on the new book Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes & More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters.

Produced by the Peabody Award winning radio team, The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, (creators of NPR's Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project) with Jay Allison, Hidden Kitchens explores the world of street corner cooking, kitchen traditions and visionaries, and how communities come together through food. These stories of secret, underground, unofficial and off the radar kitchens come alive in these sound rich stories full of an array of voices, music, and archival audio that capture a strong sense of place and time—stories that travel the country chronicling kitchen cultures past and present.

Hundreds of listeners called the NPR Hidden Kitchens Hotline with intriguing messages and hot tips about underground kitchens at nuclear test sites, secret civil rights kitchen, family recipes and more. Many of these funny, passionate and poignant messages are featured on this beautifully crafted, richly layered audio edition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In one of the year's best nonfiction audio books, National Public Radio's Kitchen Sisters take you to weird places where people sometimes create strange food. You meet the Chili Queens of San Antonio and vegetarian tailgaters at Phish concerts; You visit a cooking school at a San Francisco jail. After Nelson and Silva put out the word on 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. McDormand as the reader fits this material perfectly (remember the pregnant deputy in Fargo, asking about buffets?) Buy four or five copies for holiday gift-giving, because you don't know anyone who won't love Hidden Kitchens.
    Miami Herald

  • The Kitchen Sisters have done some of the best radio stories ever broadcast. I know people who got into radio because they heard Nikki and Davia's work, and had no idea anybody could do anything like that on the air. Ira Glass

  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/8/2013

    " For a foodie like me, this was a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/17/2013

    " Loved the stories behind the hidden kitchen stories on npr...and loved the recipes in the book -- took me places that I just wanted to be there to meet the people and eat the food!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/4/2013

    " transcripts and additional materials on the Kitchen Sisters popular radio series on "Hidden Kitchens." Of particular interest (esp. for my thesis) is Georgia Gilmore's "Club From Nowhere," which helped to fund the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Right Movement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/29/2013

    " This is a series of fascinating stories of about how people relate to food. The scope is quite varied and always engaging. How can you not like a book with a line like, "I've been to sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 5/25/2013

    " So far, I've learned about how much the homeless rely on the George Foreman Grill and about the Chili Queens of San Antonio. Interesting stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/2/2013

    " This sounds like so much fun to me,traveling the US and discovering "hidden Kitchens" tying together social,political and cultural relevance to eating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 5/1/2013

    " Some chapters were better than others (I especially liked the chapter about cooking in prison), and I will probably try at least a couple of the recipes, but overall it just didn't do it for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 4/13/2013

    " Some great stories - but I thought a number of them digressed from the theme. Likely better off listening to the radio series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshaferz | 3/31/2013

    " I loved the series on NPR, so it was fun to read this - photos and recipes to go with the stories really made this come to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MBC | 5/25/2012

    " I love food memoirs and this one is beautifully illustrated and discusses food traditions and cultures that I found fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 3/2/2012

    " This pretty much sums up what I have occassionally wanted to do with my life... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 9/11/2011

    " loved loved loved the stories. hated the format- gives one ADD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gia | 6/6/2011

    " Great book! Wonderful background stories to hidden kitchens all over the U.S. I met them at Book People-great personalities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chaybee | 12/27/2010

    " Of course I love to read about food, and this book by NPR hosts did not disappoint. A very very interesting read about hidden restaurants and unique food ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/3/2010

    " transcripts and additional materials on the Kitchen Sisters popular radio series on "Hidden Kitchens." Of particular interest (esp. for my thesis) is Georgia Gilmore's "Club From Nowhere," which helped to fund the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Right Movement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 9/19/2010

    " Some chapters were better than others (I especially liked the chapter about cooking in prison), and I will probably try at least a couple of the recipes, but overall it just didn't do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/15/2010

    " I loved the series on NPR, so it was fun to read this - photos and recipes to go with the stories really made this come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 9/19/2009

    " So far, I've learned about how much the homeless rely on the George Foreman Grill and about the Chili Queens of San Antonio. Interesting stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 7/9/2009

    " This pretty much sums up what I have occassionally wanted to do with my life... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gia | 5/25/2009

    " Great book! Wonderful background stories to hidden kitchens all over the U.S. I met them at Book People-great personalities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/13/2008

    " For a foodie like me, this was a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/16/2008

    " This sounds like so much fun to me,traveling the US and discovering "hidden Kitchens" tying together social,political and cultural relevance to eating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chaybee | 7/15/2008

    " Of course I love to read about food, and this book by NPR hosts did not disappoint. A very very interesting read about hidden restaurants and unique food ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 2/7/2008

    " loved loved loved the stories. hated the format- gives one ADD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MBC | 12/7/2007

    " I love food memoirs and this one is beautifully illustrated and discusses food traditions and cultures that I found fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthrodiva | 3/30/2007

    " Love the asphalt workers who steam foil packets under hot tar and then come back to retrieve them later!

    (Foil packet cooking kicks ass, go to the Better Homes and Gardens website for great ideas). "

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