High Desert Test Kitchen
A new monthly program!
organized by Sarah Witt

Organized by artist Sarah Witt, High Desert Test Kitchen (HDTK) is a new monthly dinner gathering in which participants bring a dish to share, made with or inspired by ingredients inhabiting this span of the American desert. The Mojave projects such a romanticized yet barren image, but underneath are old and rarely utilized traditions. Exploring this landscape from a culinary perspective, HDTK will naturally intersect with foraging practices, Native American traditions, and hopefully challenge our taste buds too!

Kip's Desert Book Club
29 by Mary Sojourner
october 3, 2016

Mary Sojourner's novel, 29, is the perfect book to mark the 2nd anniversary of Kip's Desert Book Club on October 3rd at 7pm. This book chronicles a woman's transition from the urban corporate world, to life in the Morongo basin. Along the way it addresses the environmental, spiritual and social issues that will be familiar to all that call the Mojave home.

Kip's Desert Book Club
Dune by Frank Herbert
September 5, 2016

Put on your best stillsuit, sharpen your Crysknife and join us at the house of Tonelise when we discuss the classic desert science fiction novel, Dune, by Frank Herbert on September 5th. We would feel right at home on the planet Arrakis, with its creosote bushes and kangaroo mice. One should feel thankful that our scorpions and mojave greens aren't 100 meter long sand worms. 

Kip's Desert Book Club
Twentynine Palms by Deanne Stillman
August 1

Deanne Stillman is the author of 4 desert books, each quite different from one another. The first one we will be reading is her true crime book, Twentynine Palms. It's a chronicle of an incredibly disturbing event that occurred in the town of Twentynine Palms in 1991. Much has changed since this horrible event took place, so there should be a lot to talk about.

Kip's Desert Book Club
Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner
July 4


Laurel and Frank have invited us back to the Glass Outhouse in Wonder Valley on the 4th of July to discuss the environmental classic, Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. This 30 year old book explores the important topic of water in southwestern North America and is perhaps more relevant today than the day it was published. Laurel says the Glass Outhouse is a great place to watch the fireworks on the base, so bring a folding chair and enjoy!