KUED Premieres New Food Series with Sassy Brass Sisters
Cookbook authors and culinarians Marilyn and Sheila Brass – the Brass Sisters known as “The Food Flirts” – are passionate food explorers of a certain age on a mission to tackle their culinary bucket list one bite at a time. In each episode of this new, six-episode series on PBS, the Boston-based ladies “flirt” their way into chefs’ kitchens to uncover ethnically unique and delicious foods, then head home to experiment with the recipes themselves -- creating cross-cultural culinary mash-ups that viewers can try at home.
The first two half-hour episodes of The Food Flirts premiere Friday, July 6 at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m., after The Great Baking Show.
Produced by former Food Network and Cooking Channel executive Bruce Seidel, the series follows the ladies through mash-up adventures in which a “modern” burger mixes an Indian dosa with a cheeseburger, or a pastrami ramen noodle kugel recipe. The sisters’ fanciful recipes and unscripted realness brings together their unique tastes and unique personalities. Future episodes find the Flirts working culinary magic with baklava crust milk tart, curried golden raisin and cashew rugelach, and “Bunny Chow” pasticcio bread bowls with turmeric hollandaise.
“The Brass Sisters have always been two favorite food people in Boston, and I’m thrilled to bring them to a wider audience with The Food Flirts series, in partnership with PBS,” says Seidel. “It’s Two Fat Ladies meets Julia Child – these women have food chops, an alluring sense of humor, and they’re always ready to share wisdom learned along the way!”
The longtime Cambridge. Massachusetts, residents have 130 years of combined baking and cooking experience. Recently named “Food Heroes” for their various food contributions by the Mayor of Cambridge, Marilyn and Sheila are the authors of Baking with the Brass Sisters, Heirloom Cooking With The Brass Sisters, and Heirloom Baking With The Brass Sisters, which was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation award in the Dessert and Baking category. Their books are consistently best-sellers. Food & Wine magazine has called the sisters “dessert geniuses,” and selected their books for its annual The Best of the Best 25 Cookbooks.
The Brass Sisters have appeared on many television programs during their careers. Nationally, the duo headlined a one-hour special on Cooking Channel, “The Brass Sisters Celebrate the Holidays,” hosted the public television show “The Brass Sisters: Queens of Comfort Food” and appeared on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on Food Network.
The Brass Sisters have curated one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of culinary antiques as well as 6,500 cookbooks, some dating from the 1600s.