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Recipes & Recipe Books: Exploring Family Culinary Traditions

This guide provides an introduction to exploring family culinary traditions and the preservation of recipes and food memories.


Use this page to learn more about how to preserve family recipes and explore family culinary history.

Books at CCCC Library

Preserving Family Recipes from Valerie Frey

Conducting Foodways Interviews

One of the best ways to preserve a recipe is to explore the who, how, and why of the recipe. This Smithsonian article covers the basic steps for completing an oral history interview. These broad general steps can help to shape your interview, identify the best questions to ask, and guide you in creating a meaningful conversation with your interviewee.