August 6, 2007
Contact:
Erin Geisler, KUT 90.5 FM
Leah Yoon, NPR
   

THE KITCHEN SISTERS EXPLORE THE SECRET WORLD
OF FOOD AND COMMUNITIES IN “HIDDEN KITCHENS TEXAS,”
NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FROM NPR AND KUT AUSTIN

WILLIE NELSON HOSTS WITH ROBIN WRIGHT,
JIMMIE DALE GILMORE AND LOS LONELY BOYS



August 6, 2007; Austin, Texas – Building on the success of their award-winning “Hidden Kitchens” series about below-the-radar community cooking across America – heard regularly on NPR News’ Morning Edition – the Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson) offer “Hidden Kitchens Texas”, a one-hour special showcasing the unique culture of food in the Lone Star State.

The special will air on NPR Member stations and is produced by The Kitchen Sisters and KUT 90.5 FM, Austin, TX.

“Hidden Kitchens Texas” offers a lively road trip across the state, visiting cowboy kitchens, ice houses, taquerias, oil barrel barbeques and more. Through storytelling and natural sound, the documentary reveals the stories behind the inventions of Fritos, the frozen margarita and the Slurpee. Willie Nelson hosts with actor Robin Wright Penn and musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Los Lonely Boys as they reveal their own Texas hidden kitchen tales. The program also features storytelling from a variety of Texans and local music.

According to Kitchen Sister Davia Nelson, the idea for the special arose after the “Hidden Kitchens” Morning Edition telephone hotline received an overwhelming number of calls from Texas. The Kitchen Sisters and KUT launched a separate special Hidden Kitchens Texas hotline to generate ideas from listeners statewide. “The stories that were shared were fascinating,” Nelson recalls. “The huge Texas spirit, its great food and the great history behind the food captivated us from the start. These moving, often wild stories introduce many larger-than-life personalities and big issues such as land, food, family, elders, war, work and immigration that will touch the lives of listeners everywhere.”

“Hidden Kitchens” made its premiere on Morning Edition in 2004. Focusing on how communities come together through food, the series has reported on kitchens in unlikely places, street-corner cooking, legendary meals and eating traditions. A book, “Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters,” was published in 2006 by Rodale; it received a New York Times Notable Book of the Year Award and was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food. The Hidden Kitchens audio book, narrated by Frances McDormand (“Fargo”), received the 2006 Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association.

Please check www.NPR.org/stations for local stations and shows’ broadcast times.

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), in partnership with producer Jay Allison, are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning and James Beard Award-nominated NPR series “Hidden Kitchens,” and the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, “Lost & Found Sound” and “The Sonic Memorial Project.”

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