Daisy Martinez launches on
public television in the brand new Daisy Cooks! with Daisy
Martinez nationwide on September 10, 2005 (check local listings).
Get ready for Daisy!
Viewers are in for a treat when they turn
their televisions to the first public television cooking series
featuring a Latina who is determined to tell her story in
a style that is obviously enthusiastic but equally sincere.
In anticipation of huge demand, A La Carte Communications
in association with Thirteen/WNET New York are planning to
release 26 more episodes in September 2005 to coincide with
her first book from Hyperion.
To say Daisy is passionate about food is
an extreme understatement. She thrives on sharing her culture—its
music, history, and most of all, its food. The thread of her
cooking winds through the Latin world, from Spain to South
America, across the Caribbean and the countries of Central
American and on to Mexico. And she does it all without leaving
the United States. In fact, throughout the series, Daisy visits
many of the vibrant and varied Latino communities in this
country. Using a dish as basic as chicken and rice, Daisy
will transport the audience from the arid interior of Mexico—via
Los Angeles—to the rain forests of Puerto Rico—via
New York City—to the shores of Cuba—via Miami
Beach, exploring the endless yet comfortably familiar possibilities
these two humble basic ingredients can produce.
Daisy's sunny kitchen is the perfect setting
as she delivers dish after dish that surprises and excites,
and is also easy and accessible to cook. To paraphrase Daisy,
this series is really about sharing how to cook and enjoy
our "soul food"—the simple satisfying dishes
exploding with flavor that we share year in and year out with
our family and friends.” And this is Daisy's secret
ingredient, one that people of every background, from Irish
to Italian, Asian to Jewish, will respond to, because it is
their stories, and their memories. Executive produced by Geoffrey
Drummond and Nat Katzman. Produced by Geoffrey Drummond. Produced
in 2005, Daisy Cooks! with Daisy Martinez is a production
of A La Carte Communications in association with Thirteen/WNET
New York and presented by American Public Television through
the Exchange service at no cost to public television stations
Founded in 1990 by Geoffrey Drummond and
Nat Katzman, A La Carte Communications specializes in lifestyle
television and video production and is America's leading independent
producer of television cooking shows. A La Carte public television
productions include: Emmy-winning Baking with Julia, America's
Test Kitchen, Julia and Jacques Cooking At Home, Lidia's Italian-American
Kitchen, Michael Chiarello's Napa, Savor the Southwest, The
Frugal Gourmet and Martin Yan's Chinatowns.
Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key
program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed
series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie
Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Stage on Screen,
Secrets of the Dead, and Cyberchase–as well as the work
of Bill Moyers– to audiences nationwide. As the flagship
public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week,
airing the best of American public television along with its
own local productions such as The Ethnic Heritage Specials,
The Thirteen Walking Tours, New York Voices, and Reel New
York. With educational and community outreach projects that
extend the impact of its television productions, Thirteen
takes television "out of the box." And as broadcast
and digital media converge, Thirteen is blazing trails in
the creation of Web sites, enhanced television, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs,
educational software, and other cutting-edge media products.
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Cooking at Home, Battlefield Britain, Jungle, America's Test
Kitchen, Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen and classic movies.
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