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‘Kitchen Shelf’ Rekindles Memories Of ‘Leaving It To Lily’

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Holly Arnold Kinney’s copy of “Lily’s Cookbook,” a collection of the restaurant’s most popular recipes. The book had a run-in with Kinney’s dog.

In the most recent "Kitchen Shelf," we shared that the first Thai restaurant in the U.S. opened in Denver in the early 1960s. Lily Chittivej was the proprietor of Chada Thai. Our story knocked some memories loose for listener Irene Clurman, of Evergreen. She recalls eating at Chada in the 70s. Plus, some good news for food historian Holly Arnold Kinney about her dog-eaten cookbook!