How to create a family heirloom cookbook
Almost every family has a treasured recipe, handed down through generations, that is not only beloved because it is delicious, but because it evokes
memories of favorite family get togethers.
A family heirloom recipe book is a wonderful way to combine favorite dishes and family folklore. According to Cheryl Wolf, a performance artist and
graphic design instructor at The New England Institute of Art, Family recipes are a valuable resource for a family history. I have built an entire
performance around my family s recipes and the stories they evoke. Breaking bread together is life affirming. What better way to reach back and bring
personal history to the present.
Wolf adds, A family recipe is also a family history, and can be a wonderful work of folk art. For example, she says, take the opportunity to not only write
down family recipes for generations to come, but include famous family stories every family has them, photos and memorabilia as well.
But how to turn family culinary gems into actual recipes. Try these few tips. Start with a family letter, asking everyone to send back one or more of
their specialties by a particular date. Ask those who can to reply by email so you can cut and paste recipes right into your final document.
If you have a relative who never writes down recipes it seems like all the best recipes are never written down, but rather cooks by a dash of this, a little
bit of that, consider having someone in your family be the helper, and prepare the dish along with them. The helper should measure, guesstimate, and
generally keep track of how the dish is prepared, including cooking times and temperatures. The helper should also be sure to ask about consistency,
color, texture and doneness. This last bit of information is always the most important part of passing along a recipe. Once you have a written recipe,
prepare it again according to the directions, and adjust the recipe as necessary to get as close as possible to the original.
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