The memory of Grandma’s cooking is something that is remembered fondly by many people. Passed down from one generation to the next, everyone has incorporated their own touches to a family favourite. Old recipe cards are triggers of nostalgia, are food-stained snippets that share a “history of eating” from its time . There is something about the rustic quality of your grandmother’s handwriting, or newspaper clippings glued onto tarnished cardstock that we want to preserve.
With the evolution of communication, the way we transmit information including recipes, has evolved as well. Going from sharing a recipe by word of mouth, to recording it down on paper by hand, then print, there has been no problem saving our family’s recipes. Now that it’s the 21st century, many of us have too much on our plate (pun intended) to keep track of these recipes, as they will eventually wear away, yet we don’t want to lose them.
With the use of computers as well as the rise of the Internet, we can not only store our recipes in a never-will-be-ruined-by-grease format, but we can also search for thousands of other recipes by people everywhere. Even more advanced is the adaptation of smartphones taking over many gadgets we’ve used in previous years. With smartphones come the countless apps for entertainment and adding convenience to our lifestyles. Food connoisseurs, including celebrity chefs, have definitely taken advantage of creating apps that feature their popular recipes .
From a slightly different perspective, there are other ways to attain new meal ideas than by reading about them. Since the creation of television, there have been an endless amount of cooking shows available. From The French Chef with Julia Childs to shows featured on The Food Network , these programs have incorporated new ways for us to discover new recipes as well as show physical demonstrations of how to cook these dishes that reading a recipe alone lacks.
However you choose to preserve or learn a recipe is a choice of personal preference. The most important thing is to share and enjoy the results of your cooking.
By Olivia Quan