Sunday, January 27, 2013

Food For Thought 2013: January Prompt for Writing Your Food History

The theme for our January 2013 family food history writing prompt is Recipes.

From the Collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

What are the recipes that are important to your family? Do you have those go-to recipes you use for every holiday?

Take some time this month writing out those important family recipes. Too often I hear about recipes that die with the older generation because no one took them time to write them down. Not sure about recipe measurements? That's ok, why not take some time to document the recipe as you or another family member prepares it. Take photos of the ingredients and your version of a "pinch." Take photos of the entire process including the end result.

Have old family recipes written by your mother or grandmother? Use this opportunity to scan them, thus preserving them for other family members. Scan these recipes and then annotate them with additional information including memories of the recipe and any appropriate photos. Any funny stories behind that recipe? Add those to the mix.

Preserving these recipes are so important. The steps you take today, however small, can be used in the future as gifts for newly married family, at Christmas, or shared  on social media websites like Pinterest or even a  blog.

I would love to hear some of the ways you are preserving family recipes. Please use the comments to this post to share your efforts.