NPR's The Kitchen Sisters Launch New Book: Hidden Kitchens Texas

Published via the Blurb publishing platform, book will debut at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas

San Francisco, Calif.
March 10, 2009

In a first-time collaboration, Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, and National Public Radio's Kitchen Sisters, Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, today announced the launch of a new book, Hidden Kitchens Texas — Stories, Recipes and More from the Lone Star State. Inspired by their popular HIDDEN KITCHENS series on NPR’s Morning Edition, the book is a colorful, action-packed road trip exploring Texas through food—told by people who find it, grow it, cook it, eat it, sell it, share it, and celebrate with it.

Hidden Kitchens Texas is available for purchase now, in the Blurb Bookstore at Blurb and The Kitchen Sisters will feature the book at a series of launch events in Austin, Texas at SXSW Interactive during the week of March 16 - 22. The official launch party will take place on Tuesday, March 17, at Ranch 616, a south Texan ice house founded by chef and owner Kevin Williamson.

"We're thrilled to launch Hidden Kitchens Texas in Austin, where the project was born," said Davia Nelson. "We wrote this book by drawing from hundreds of family stories, hot tips and local lore we've we gathered for our radio series. These short histories, recipes, and anecdotes tell the story of Texas through the relationship between food and communities. The Blurb platform gave us the control to act as producers and editors as well as authors, which was an intriguing production model for a book like this."

Hidden Kitchens Texas was written by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, who published the book using Blurb’s creative publishing and marketing platform. Using Blurb BookSmart®, the company's free, easy-to-use book design software, The Kitchen Sisters had complete creative control over the layout and design of their book. By selling their book in the Blurb Bookstore, The Kitchen Sisters were able to set the price of their book, keeping the entire mark-up rather than distributing a large percentage of the profits among middlemen.

Hidden Kitchens Texas is packed with stories of food, farm and family — Kinky Friedman's kitchen wisdom; singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore's stories of Stubb and his late-night Lubbock barbecue kitchen; Willie Nelson's Fried Eggs, Robin Wright Penn's Sweet Potato Crunch, Joe Ely's black eyed peas; Sharon Ely's Holy Posole; Astronaut Bill McArthur's Jalapeno Space Kolache; the Birth of the Frito, the Birth of the 7-Eleven, the Birth of the Frozen Margarita, and more.

To create and publish a Blurb book, start by downloading Blurb BookSmart® software from the The Blurb BookSmart® software is free, runs on a Mac or PC, and offers a wide variety of book layouts created by professional book designers. Blurb delivers the permanence and impact of commercial-quality books, with the speed and flexibility of the Internet. Using Blurb, customers enjoy complete creative control, no minimum orders, edit on-the-fly capabilities, mass customization, and global distribution.

About The Kitchen Sisters
The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, are award winning documentary radio producers whose stories are heard on NPR, BBC and public broadcast networks worldwide. They are the creators of the duPont Columbia Award-winning HIDDEN KITCHENS series on NPR's Morning Edition, and HIDDEN KITCHENS TEXAS, an hour-long radio special narrated by Willie Nelson.

The Kitchen Sisters are also the creators of the Peabody Award winning LOST AND FOUND SOUND series on NPR and the post 9-11 SONIC MEMORIAL PROJECT, produced with Jay Allison. They are the authors of HIDDEN KITCHENS: STORIES, RECIPES AND MORE published by Rodale. Currently, they are producing an NPR and online series about girls around the world.

About Blurb®

Blurb® was founded on the premise that everyone – not just the talented few – should be able to publish, share, and distribute beautifully realized digital and print books with first class production values. Whether creating books for friends and family, for business colleagues and prospects, or for global audiences who may wish to buy your book, Blurb’s platform is built for you. By creating a business model that enables the company to profit on a unit of one, Blurb has opened up the world of publishing to everyone who has access to a computer and a story to tell.

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