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History And Recipes From A New Native Kitchen

Renee Bright

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and we’re marking the occasion with a conversation about indigenous foodways.

Our guests are chef Freddie Bitsoie and writer James O. Fraioli. They’re the authors of a new cookbook that celebrates the unique cuisines of the many Native American tribes around the country. Of course, there are plenty of recipes — for chocolate bison chili and prickly pear sweet pork chops — so you can mix up your Thanksgiving offerings. And we’ll learn some culinary history along the way, too. Join us this Friday at noon and Saturday at 11 a.m. for a conversation about cuisines as varied as the tribes that developed them.

Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli’s book is New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian. [Indie BoundBookShopAmazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.