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There’s a motive we spend hours elbow deep in pots and pans each vacation season. Sure, the meals is scrumptious, however extra enduring than any casserole are the reminiscences of cooking with family and friends. It’s these moments, moderately than the recipes themselves, that NPR is highlighting in new meals collection All Issues We’re Cooking.
In February, NPR managing editor Gerry Holmes was reminiscing over a cookbook his mom had created—a present much more treasured after she handed. The reflection prompted Holmes to talk with chief cultural editor Nicholas Charles, and the concept for All Issues We’re Cooking was born.
Over the previous 5 months, the workforce has led an outreach technique throughout NPR and its member stations, asking listeners and readers to ship of their most significant household recipes—a collaboration between the viewers and newsrooms. Charles says as soon as they started asking for submissions, individuals had been desirous to share tales in regards to the family members behind the dishes.
Whereas engaged on the collection, editors aimed to seize the variety of NPR’s viewers. Charles hopes this challenge is one thing all readers and listeners can relate to, and a possibility for them to “see themselves” and their cultures in NPR’s storytelling.
“One of many first issues you already know about your loved ones is the odor, odors, all of the fantastic issues that come out of the kitchen,” he says. “Particularly immigrant households, it connects them again to their heritage…it connects you again to historical past, and heritage and reminiscences.”
Some episodes will characteristic the voices of people that shared their household recipes, telling tales in their very own phrases. Desiree Hicks, senior supervising editor at NPR, says she is worked up for NPR’s viewers to have a possibility to listen to “straight from the oldsters [featured] in these tales,” and make their very own private connections.
Segments will likely be uploaded on-line over the subsequent six weeks, and aired on some stations. The primary batch of tales launched November 20 and highlights six individuals. Articles first dive into the that means and significance of the dishes, adopted by the recipes themselves. By the tip of December, practically 30 tales and recipes will likely be printed as part of the collection.