The Kitchen Sisters http://wemu.org en Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit http://wemu.org/post/tequila-nation-mexico-reckons-its-complicated-spirit The Mexican town of Tequila in the western state of Jalisco is the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit. Any bottle of tequila must be made from the Weber Blue species of agave, grown and distilled in this region.<p>Field after field of agave gives this land a blue hue, defining an economy and its traditions.<p>But using just one species of blue agave to make 100 percent blue agave tequila is done through cloning the plants, without pollination or flowering. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:28:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 47771 at http://wemu.org Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit In Yabbies And Cappuccino, A Culinary Lifeline For Aboriginal Youth http://wemu.org/post/yabbies-and-cappuccino-culinary-lifeline-aboriginal-youth If you teach an aboriginal man (or woman) to make a cappuccino, can you feed his career for a lifetime?<p>That's the hope at Yaama Dhiyaan, a cooking and hospitality school for at-risk indigenous young people in Australia.<p>Students there are learning the skills to be cooks, restaurant and hotel workers, and caterers. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:41:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 47428 at http://wemu.org In Yabbies And Cappuccino, A Culinary Lifeline For Aboriginal Youth How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery http://wemu.org/post/how-atomic-particles-became-smoking-gun-wine-fraud-mystery <strong></strong>In a laboratory, deep under a mile-high stretch of the Alps on the French-Italian border, <a href="http://www.cenbg.in2p3.fr/-La-composition-du-groupe-?lang=en">Philippe Hubert</a>, a physicist at the University of Bordeaux, is testing the authenticity of a bottle of wine.<p>"We are looking for radioactivity in the wine," says Hubert. "Most of the time the collectors send me bottles of wine because they want to know if it is fake or not."<p>First, Hubert takes the bottle in the hand and puts it close to a detector. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:31:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 46771 at http://wemu.org How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture http://wemu.org/post/how-soviet-kitchens-became-hotbeds-dissent-and-culture When Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death in 1953, one of the first things he addressed was the housing shortage and the need for more food. At the time, thousands of people were living in cramped communal apartments, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/20/314054405/how-russias-shared-kitchens-helped-shape-soviet-politics">sharing one kitchen</a> and one bathroom with sometimes up to 20 other families.<p>"People wanted to live in their own apartment," says Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khrushchev. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:22:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 46437 at http://wemu.org How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur http://wemu.org/post/turnspit-dogs-rise-and-fall-vernepator-cur In an old hunting lodge on the grounds of an ancient Norman castle in Abergavenny, Wales, a small, extinct dog peers out of a handmade wooden display case.<p>"Whiskey is the last surviving specimen of a turnspit dog, albeit stuffed," says Sally Davis, longtime custodian at the <a href="http://www.abergavennymuseum.co.uk/">Abergavenny Museum</a>.<p>The <em>Canis vertigus</em>, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. Tue, 13 May 2014 07:02:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 45751 at http://wemu.org Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food http://wemu.org/post/pizza-connection-fighting-mafia-through-food In recent years, the effort to bring the Mafia under control in Sicily has spilled over into the world of food. Today a movement of small organic agricultural cooperatives has sprung up across the island to farm land once confiscated by the Mafia and bring these goods to a global market.<p><a href="http://liberaterra.it/it/home/">Libera Terra</a> means free land, or land free from Mafia. Tue, 06 May 2014 07:27:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 45414 at http://wemu.org The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food From A British King To Rock 'N Roll: The Slippery History Of Eel Pie Island http://wemu.org/post/british-king-rock-n-roll-slippery-history-eel-pie-island We were in London, searching for <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/91851784/hidden-kitchens-the-kitchen-sisters">Hidden Kitchen</a> stories, when we came upon an Eel Pie &amp; Mash shop. It was full of old white marble tables, tile walls, pots of stewed and jellied eels, and piles of pies. These shops are now a dying breed, along with the eels they serve. Our search for the source of these vanishing eels led us to southwest London — to Eel Pie Island, a tiny slice of land with a flamboyant history that stretches from Henry the VIII to the Rolling Stones.<p>"Eel Pie. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:06:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 18002 at http://wemu.org From A British King To Rock 'N Roll: The Slippery History Of Eel Pie Island