January, 2013
Alice Waters’ New Audio Book

Alice Waters’ New Audio Book

The Kitchen Sisters in collaboration with Alice Waters, have produced a new audio version of Alice’s best selling book, Forty Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering , now available at

Alice narrates the saga of her legendary restaurant and the food movement it helped spawn, along with the voices of some 90 of her collaborators mixed with music, sound and field recordings we have been gathering with her over the last 15 years.

Organized by decade, the audiobook includes the voices of writers, public figures and cooks—including Ruth Reichl, Calvin Trillin, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Marion Cunningham, Edna Lewis, Wendell Berry, and many others. This tribute to the delicious food revolution that began with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse is an important work for anyone who cares about food, sustainability, and the powerful legacy that Alice has built.

Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971. Founded by Alice, the restaurant is rooted in her conviction that the best-tasting food is organic, locally grown, and harvested in ecologically sound ways by people who are taking care of the land for future generations. The quest for such ingredients has always determined the restaurant’s cuisine, and over the course of 40 years, Chez Panisse has helped create a community of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients.

In Forty Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, Alice takes listeners on her journey from the humble and visionary beginnings of the restaurant, through its rise and the acclaim, to the Café and the influential Chez Panisse Foundation.

The Making Of…The Digital El Camino Real

The Making Of…The Digital El Camino Real

Mission Dolores, San Francisco, established 1776 on El Camino Real.

Mission Dolores, San Francisco, established 1776 on El Camino Real.” credit=


Traverse the 600-mile trail that connects California’s 21 missions. Peer behind an ornate mission altarpiece that, for more than two centuries, has hidden murals painted by the Ohlone Indians. Uncover the mysteries of Mission Dolores’ ancient cemetery.

As part of our Making Of… radio series on KQED we take a look at what CyArk in making. CyArk is a non-profit digital scanning company based in Oakland, is creating the digital El Camino Real, documenting some of the oldest buildings and historic sites in California.


Like Interstate 101
“Some people think the Camino Real means the Royal Road of Jesus in California,” says Andrew Galvan, curator of Mission Dolores, San Francisco. “No. It was the King’s Highway, the King of Spain’s highway.”

Mission Dolores, founded in 1776, is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco and one of the first sites along the historic El Camino Real to be scanned and documented by CyArk.

“If you step out the front door of Mission Dolores you are on the El Camino Real,“ says Andrew. “It was a public road, like Interstate 101. All the California Missions are connected. Wherever you got on it, the road led you to the Viceroy’s Palace in Mexico City.” Read more…

The Making Of… the Fairing

The Making Of… the Fairing

For our  Making Of… series on KQED we spent time with industrial designer Scott Summit, of Bespoke Innovations 3-D Systems, in San Francisco.

Scott, who has designed for Apple, Nike and many other companies in Silicon Valley,  is making something called Fairings — customized, individualized coverings for prosthetic legs. They look like sculpture or jewelry. And they’re made with a 3D printer. (He also showed us the guitar he 3D printed). Read more…

Zeega Launch Party & Workshop

Zeega Launch Party & Workshop

The Making Of… Zeega

The Kitchen Sisters invite you to
A Night of Stories, Invention & Surprise
Thursday January 17, 7-8:30 pm
SoundCloud, 500 Treat Ave., San Francisco

We’re launching Zeega’s new storytelling platform on our Making Of  site and hope you’ll come celebrate, find out more about the project and make a Zeega.

Zeega is a new experimental storytelling platform that lets users combine original content with media from across the web to create beautiful, surprising, immersive stories and works of art. Zeega has been holding “Maker Hours” every week in their storefront studio in Cambridge, MA, inviting a community of artists, designers and storytellers come together and invent.

On January 17, Zeega founders Jesse Shapins and Kara Oehler, will present “Zeega Maker Hours West” at SoundCloud’s San Francisco office. Anyone will be able to make Zeegas and contribute them to the project.

Bring your laptop or just come watch, listen and enjoy the food.

A collaboration between The Kitchen Sisters, KQED, AIR, Zeega, and SoundCloud. A Localore Project, funded in part by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.