Kate's Reviews > Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters

Hidden Kitchens by Nikki Silva
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May 11, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: food, san-antonio

Loved it!!! There is no narrative here, just transcriptions of voicemails left by listeners, alerting the Kitchen Sisters to the hidden kitchens they had to go see, then little snipets of the underground food traditions they encounter. More than anything this book celebrates the importance of these informal food gatherings in building community. There are a lot of pictures and a heavy emphasis on history and interviews with the old folks who remember how it was. There's a whole chapter on the San Antonio chili queens!!!!!!!!!! They talk extensively with Graciela Sanchez of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center!!!!!! Awesome!

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message 1: by Petra X (new)

Petra X If you liked voicemails as the source of a book, you might enjoy Xinran's The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices The stories of the 'hidden' women's lives of China as taken from her answering machine.

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