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Handing Down History Thru Recipes

Recipes are a type of storytelling handed down thru the generations.

Recipes are a type of storytelling handed down thru the generations.
Share stories about your family 

Homemade Cooking Heritage 

Word-of-mouth is still customary in certain cultures, as this is the primary way recipes are passed down from one generation to the next. However, for the most part, the oral tradition of sharing beloved family recipes is becoming a lost art.

Perhaps a loved one passed away before you learned what the ingredients and techniques were. Maybe the recipe was always there and taken for granted.  A loved one experimented long ago, perhaps failed at the recipe but, tried again, finally succeeded in creating a family recipe, and passed it down by word of mouth. However, after a generation or two, the recipe's origin becomes a mystery and a family legacy fades away.

Eating is a need, enjoying is an art

"Eating is a need, enjoying is an art."

Handing Down History Thru Recipes

Grandparents, parents and kids cooking together in the kitchen sharing secret family recipes connect together as a family avoiding the generation gap that happens when there is little to no communication across generations.

It's true that including the children in your cooking routine requires extra time and more patience than we sometimes can muster, however, especially when the children are younger it is well worth the effort.   With a bit of luck, handing down recipes will become a storytelling adventure introducing long passed away loved ones to a new generation through a family recipe.

If history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten
If history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten.

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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