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  Outlook on BBC Radio World Service - Thursday 1st May Listen online
Two Americans who are scouring the world for so-called "hidden kitchens" come to the BBC World Service HQ to see our BBC canteen. Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson from America National Public Radio tell us why they think food is a uniting force. Kitchen Sisters with Ritula Shah and producer Sue Waldram
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The Guardian UK - Eat to the beat - Wednesday April 30, 2008
From Vietnamese manicurists' favourite shrimp rolls to Brazilian cabbies' midnight feasts, US radio reporters Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson are out to unearth hidden culinary treats. Hattie Ellis joins them on their dedicated trail. >pdf


The Kitchen Sisters profiled in Brazil's PALADAR Magazine >pdf

Texas Highways - June, 2007
"Uncovering Texas' hidden kitchens

Nola McKey
"A flood of calls from Texas to a hidden-kitchen hotline resulted in a nationwide radio special that highlights 'the secret, unexpected, below-the-radar, community cooking across the Lone Star State." Narrated by Willie Nelson and debuting on public radio stations nationwide July 4th on NPR's Morning Edition..." >pdf

Boston Globe - June 7, 2006
Kitchen Sisters to speak at BU
Emily Schwab
Ever wonder what really goes on in other people's kitchens? You may find out when the Kitchen Sisters -- Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva -- co-producers of NPR's "Hidden Kitchens" series, give the keynote address at the joint conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society...>pdf

NPR's Kitchen Sisters to appear June 8 at Texas Folklife Festival- May 23, 2006)
--National Public Radio's The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, are joining their friends at Texas Public Radio to make a special appearance at the Texas Folklife Festival (TFF) in San Antonio, where they will be featured guests on opening night, Thursday, June 8, on the grounds of UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures.

The Columbus Dispatch -May 28, 2006
NPR Fleshes Out Its Podcast Lineup
National Public Rado announced last week that it was expanding its podcasting directory.
Among the new features: • "Hidden Kitchens": The award-winning series captures how Americans come together through food.

Houston Chronicle - May 10, 2006
Kitchen Sisters go tasting in Texas
By Peggy Grodnisky
Despite their radio name, Nelson and Silva have not spent their careers telling tales from the kitchen...Over the years, they've interviewed farmers, railroad workers, politicians, poets and cowboys. They've produced stories about Vietnamese nail salons and carnival barkers. It turns out that "Kitchen Sisters" doesn't even refer to the kitchen. They borrowed their nom de microphone years ago from two eccentric siblings (the Kitchen brothers), whom they interviewed....

SF Chronicle - May 10, 2006
NPR's Kitchen Sisters uncover lost culinary -- and family -- lore
Amanda Berne
When Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, National Public Radio's Kitchen Sisters, asked listeners to share stories about their cooking traditions, they had one caveat: Leave out tales about moms and grandmothers -- those are much too obvious.

The New York Times - March 23, 2006
The Sizzle and Pop of Radio Cooking
By Kim Severson
At the top of the market is the polished work of the Kitchen Sisters, a pair of Bay Area women whose National Public Radio series ''Hidden Kitchens'' this year became the first piece of food journalism to win a duPont-Columbia Award, widely considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism.>pdf

2006 James Beard Foundation Award Nominees Announced -
March 16, 2006
Hidden Kitchens nominated in two categories: Writings on Food and Radio Food Show

The James Beard Foundation has announced nominees and special honorees for the 2006 James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation’s top honors for culinary professionals. This year there are a total of 62 Award categories for restaurants and chefs, cookbooks, broadcasting, print journalism, and restaurant design.>pdf

San Francisco Chronicle
-Thursday, March 9, 2006
Leah Garhick
..the "Cab Yard Kitchen'' in San Francisco is evoked in a "Hidden Kitchen'' segment to be broadcast on NPR on Friday. The kitchen, in a blue tent erected in the middle of the night at the Yellow Cab yard here, was presided over by a woman from a small town in Brazil that was the birthplace of hundreds of Yellow drivers. She isn't cooking there anymore, but the Kitchen Sisters' segment preserves her history.

Oakland Tribune - January 18, 2006
What's cookin'?

The Kitchen Sisters deliver fascinating profiles on NPR's 'Hidden Kitchens' series
'WHAT DID YOU have for breakfast?" The question is simple and, according to "Hidden Kitchens" radio reporter Davia Nelson, guaranteed to produce a story. "When the subject is food, people want to talk to you," she says. "It's not like housing or politics. There's a universality and a humanity to stories about food ..." >pdf

Contra Costa Times
2005 in books: More literary than culinary, this batch will likely feed a scholarly taste

By John Birdsall
National Public Radio's sprawling project to uncover America's evolving food traditions comes alive on the page the way it couldn't on radio, showing us the food and faces that defines who we are as a nation.

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jan 31, 2005
Peggy Townsend, Name Dropping :
They're cooking now
Some call the duPont-Columbia Awards the Pulitzer Prizes of television and radio.
And our own Nikki Silva of La Selva Beach and her radio partner Davia Nelson, aka The Kitchen Sisters, were honored with one of these prestigious awards during a recent ceremony at the Low Library at Columbia University.

Mercury News - Dec. 21, 2005
Holiday books and gourmet goodies By Carolyn Jung
"This delightful book will please fans of NPR's award-winning "Hidden Kitchens'' radio series, and is sure to entice new devotees....They bring to lifeoff-beat kitchens around the country that are run by unforgettable characters who have left a lasting, if little known, footprint on the culinary landscape

The Oklahoman - Dec 28, 2005
Food products, gadgets head list of favorites
- Sharon Dowell
With hundreds of new cookbooks published this year - covering just about every topic imaginable - it was refreshing to see a different type of food book appear in the fall.

New York Times- November 27, 2004  
Finding History (and Wild Rice and George Foreman Grills) Under a Rock;
The Kitchen Sisters Take on Cooking, But Not For Foodies.

Samuel G. Freeman
SAN FRANCISCO- One afternoon a quarter-century ago, not long after two relative strangers named Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva had begun serving as hosts of a weekly radio show on local history, they cracked open the door of a garage in Oakland…

O The Oprah Magazine - October 2004
People Eat the Darndest Things…and you can hear them munching on an offbeat new radio series.
Late one night about a year ago, near a yellow cab lot outside San Francisco, radio producer Davia Nelson found a tenet, a makeshift kitchen, heaps of Brazilian food, and a band of taxi drivers….. >pdf

Saveur Magazine - October 2004
Kitchen Radio; Little Known Kitchen Cultures hit the air.
...Seeking out little-known cooking cultures from the past and present — tiny kitchen economies obscured by time and place”, they found Lou “The Glue” Marcelli…> pdf

7 by 7 Magazine - November 2004
10 Things You Should Know About The Kitchen Sisters
Davia Nelson, one half of the award-winning Kitchen Sisters, is calling me from the road, where she and her longtime collaborator, Nikki Silva have been conducting interviews for their latest NPR program, Hidden Kitchens…..>pdf

Boston Herald - September 29, 2004
Hidden' assets: NPR show brings traditional cooking out of the shadows 
Jane Dornbusch
What do Brazilian cabbies in San Francisco, Ojibway Indians gathering wild rice in Minnesota, Kentucky men stirring pots of burgoo for parish picnics and George Foreman have in common? …>pdf

Budget Travel Magazine - September 2004
Where Foodies Love to Eat:
Imagine eating baby backs while Janis Joplin serenaded you”
Austin, Barton Springs public pool, in South Austin, is a liquid town square where all the Austin goes to swim, barbecue, and play soccer….>pdf

Diablo Valley Magazine - November 2004
Speak of the Devil
In a small room behind an ironworker’s studio in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, wild boar meat sits curing in a refrigerated closet. Homemade Pinot Noir ages in barrels…....>pdf

Santa Cruz Sentinel- October 2004
Food: Someone’s in the Kitchen
NPR series gives a taste of hidden food traditions
By Peggy Townsend
Under a bridge on Chicago’s Wacker Drive, the oven of choice is a George Foreman Grill. The people who live there — in a damp mini-city of refrigerator boxes and cast-off junk — found the grill at a homeless shelter…..>pdf

San Antonio Express-News
Side Dish: S.A. flavors sure to shine on NPR
Bonnie Walker
It is no secret among boxing fans, especially in his home state of Texas, that former world champion heavyweight George Foreman came from humble beginnings. Born in Marshall into a family led by a single mother, he was one of seven children. Often there was not enough food to go around.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer - November 4, 2004
NPR will spotlight local burgoo Friday
By Keith Lawrence
National Public Radio will put Daviess County barbecue and burgoo in the spotlight Friday "Hidden Kitchens," a segment of NPR's "Morning Edition," will feature a story about a visit to Daviess County's parish picnics. >pdf

The News Tribune - October 13, 2004
Radio delivers gourmet brain food

Ed Murrieta
When I’m hungry for food with my media, I turn on the radio.
Even though I’’m limited to roaming the middle of the FM band and the fringe of the AM dial, radio cooks up an intellectually appetizing, slow-food antidote … >pdf

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