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From Their Kitchen to Yours
Serve up a tasty family history dish with these four strategies for tracking down your clan’s food heritage.
Incorporating food traditions into your family history brings your research to life, and inspires current generations to learn more about their heritage. It’s also a wonderful way to learn about the everyday lives of your ancestors—especially your foremothers—in a time when securing and preparing food took more time and energy than it does today.

But discovering, collecting, preserving and understanding your ancestors’ recipes and food heritage can be challenging, particularly if you’re not lucky enough to have an archive of family recipes and heirlooms. These strategies from my new book From the Family Kitchen (Family Tree Books) will help you track down family recipes and re-create lost or unrecorded food traditions.
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