The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.
C is for Cookbooks
Grandma's old cookbooks or recipe cards are a wonderful heirloom in any family. You can tell the ones that were used the most as they may be dogeared and possibly falling apart. There may be notations in the margins, or perhaps a recipe for silver cleaner written in the back.
Most recipes are adaptable for today's food guide, while still retaining the flavours and memories of eating at grandma's.
Many clubs and associations put out cookbooks as a fundraiser. Perhaps one of your ancestors submitted a family favourite to her church group or for a local festival. Check at local libraries, they will usually keep one on hand.
A cookbook was different than a recipe book, which had recipes for mixing paint and paint colours, plaster work, furniture polish etc.
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