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Hidden Kitchens
Hidden Kitchens

AIR DATE: November 8, 2010

Images of food are everywhere. Supermarkets, billboards, restaurants, magazines and newspapers offer a barrage of food porn, recipes and restaurant reviews. But what do we really know of food?

In their series, "Hidden Kitchens", The Kitchen Sisters, Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, bring listeners into a less familiar world of food -- below the radar cooking, legendary meals and eating traditions.

The birth of the Frito chip, the cultural significance of the George Foreman Grill, Chili Queens in Texas, convicts cooking sausage in Louisiana's Angola prison.

In their series for NPR, The Kitchen Sisters transmute a world of tastes and smell and cooking, into sound.

The Kitchen Sisters will be talking about their series and playing audio Saturday, November 6, at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Nikki Silva
Davia Nelson

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11/09/10 hidden kitchens Some time ago, in my youth. I fancied myself a pretty good dice thrower. My passion was to take a little money and travel alone to Reno. The object was to see how many days I could stay alive on the road shooting Craps. It was the middle of winter,and snowing off and on. The first thing that I did was to put a can of soup on the exhaust manifold of my pick up truck. It heats up quiet nicely. When you get to your destination just pop the hood and bingo! I used a P- 38 military style can opener. I kept it on a key chain in my pocket,and used it to open the cans. While walking though the casino coffee shop, I may have liberated a few saltines,on occasion. This of course works equally well on caned chile and Dinty Moores beef stew, which I am not overly fond of. When I wanted to splurge, I would cube up a nice steak and some well seasoned vegetables. Then wrap them in tin foil and put the back on the exhaust manifold. Delicious by any standards. You can do eggs pretty well and even some....
Craig Morgan ButeloNov 10, 2010 10:45:56 AM
How can this man you were discussing be credited with inventing the "FRITO" - he stole the receipe/idea from Mexican immigrants - THE TRUTH is that I've heard several cooling show segments on NPR where the person being interview or the host gives credit to people (splindid kitchen, etc) gave credit to "blacks" for inventing the tamale! Please! - The scientist referred today is an innovator, a borrower - but not the inventor of "fritos" - he had the education, marketing and means to produce them that's all!
ALLINov 5, 2010 10:39:07 AM
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