Evelyn Birkby


In addition to writing a weekly newspaper column since 1949, native Iowan Evelyn Birkby has been a writer and broadcaster for KMA Radio and Kitchen-Klatter, part of the longest-running homemaker program in the history of radio. In 1996 she represented Iowa at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival; in 1998 she was named an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker, and in 2009 Iowa Public Television featured her in a documentary about radio homemakers. She is the author of ten books, including Neighboring on the Air: Cooking with the KMA Radio Homemakers (Iowa, 1991) and Up a Country Lane Cookbook (Iowa, 1993).