Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Kitchen Sisters / Hidden Kitchens

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There it was, an invitation in my email. The producer for NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters had invited me to a book signing for the recent paperback release of Hidden Kitchens. I’m not sure how she got my email address, but I would like to thank whoever made this happen. The guest list included a virtual who’s who of San Francisco’s artistic talent. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Armistead Maupin, Randy Thom were slated to appear, as well as several of the people who had appeared on Hidden Kitchens.

I hate to admit that although I had seen The Kitchen Sisters on TV and gone to the website to listen to several episodes, I was not a NPR listener. That being said, I still accepted the invitation as I know a good thing when I see it. April and I took our yacht (Golden Gate Ferry) and motored over to City Lights Bookstore in North Beach.

As veterans of a number of book signings, we arrived early to do recon on the location. Some of these adventures can be a lot like cattle drives; you stand in line and await your thirty seconds’ of face time with the author. This was not the case here. It seemed more like a private party. Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva and their producer, Laura Folger, were all there meeting and greeting. We were made to feel very welcome with some good food and drink. The evening flowed successfully with readings, sound bites and guests from the project.

How would I describe The Kitchen Sisters? Charming and genuine are the first words that come to mind. They are passionate about what they do and care for the people they interview. Hidden Kitchens is part history lesson, part recipes but more importantly it recognizes that food is more than fuel for people. It has a lot to do with community, emotion and fellowship. Is there a universal language? Perhaps it’s food.

Now that I’ve read the book, I realize what a remarkable project it is. For anyone that is passionate about food this book would be a great gift. Thank you, Sisters, for inviting me into your world.

3 comments:

Ivonne said...

I'd never even heard of them! thanks for telling us about The Kitchen Sisters, Greg!

Mona said...

Wow Greg, with a promo like that they should sign you on as their PR person:) I will definitely be checking out this new book. Also loved hearing about your yacht. Who knew you were a regular ol' Sea Dog!

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