I came across a page, Savor Your Family’s Story, where FamilySearch is exhorting us to …
Preserve an important part of your heritage by sharing recipes, photos, or memories of your family's favorite foods and the stories behind them.
As one with limited cooking skills (I won’t starve and can follow a recipe though I was once accused of being a boring cook. My thinking is that what one calls boring I call comfort food and memories!), it’s nice to be reminded that on a regular basis, many are cooking simple meals that both satisfy the stomach and remind us of our heritage and ancestors.
Though FamilySearch would like for you to preserve your food heritage via them, you are not limited to that! Several years ago, after a Christmas pow wow talking about the recipes we grew up with, a sister produced a little booklet. You can read more about it here, Food and Holidays -- Always a Great Combination -- How to Preserve That "Slice" of Life. A fun element of this project was that we could see how my parents cooking evolved through time. We had some shared recipes that we all remembered with fondness and then there were meals that I just didn’t remember ever eating!
Additionally, many communities, through time, have produced cookbooks documenting the recipes of a community – the community where your family lived! Maybe a family member contributed. Even if not, talk about a slice of life (or possibly cake) for recipes popular in the community at the time.
Here are a few finds …
- Creating and Designing a Family Cookbook and Genealogy, http://janeheinrichs.blogspot.com/2010/02/creating-and-designing-family-cookbook.html
- Cooking up Genealogy, http://mycanvasblog.com/cooking-up-genealogy/
- Create a Family Cookbook, http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/create-a-family-cookbook
- Cyndi’s List – Recipes, Cookbooks & Family Traditions, http://www.cyndislist.com/recipes/
- How to Use Vintage Cookbooks in Your Genealogy Research, http://lisalisson.com/2014/12/01/use-vintage-cookbooks-genealogy-research/
- Recipes and Genealogy (Curtis Memorial Library), http://www.curtislibrary.com/2016/09/30/recipes-and-genealogy/
What recipe do you most associate with your heritage?
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