Today’s post is all about one of my favorite food topics: family recipes. I recently had the honor of giving a talk at TEDxBGU at Ben Gurion University in Israel. The overarching theme of the event was communication, and I was one of nine speakers who touched on a diverse array of topics from contact improvisation to social media and revolutions, and from a sex therapist speaking about communication in relationships to a documentary filmmaker talking about a mostly deaf Bedouin community in Israel (watch all the videos from TEDxBGU here).
For me, linking food with communication was easy – as far as I’m concerned food IS communication. To quote myself, from the introduction of my talk: “I believe deeply that food itself is a form of communication. Sure, it fulfills a basic human need, but it also does much more than that. Each recipe tells a story, and the way that recipes are passed down and popularized speaks volumes about our culture and the time.”
In the talk (which is just over 11 minutes, if you have the time and inclination to watch it), I trace some of the ways in which recipes have been popularized (or, in their own way, “gone viral”) over time. From royal whims and fancies to internet sensations, there have always been trends in food. Of course, nothing beats family recipes, which have been passed down over generations and saved in tattered binders, recipe boxes, and memories. I love that so many people have started blogs with the hope that they will become their virtual recipes boxes to be passed down to their children.
So today I’d be thrilled if you would share your favorite family recipes from your blogs. From your family’s take on a popular recipe (the famous Smith family potato salad perchance?) or a completely crazy family concoction, what recipes do you cherish and hope to pass on? I’ll be linking up my dad’s Spaghetti and Meatballs and my mother-in-law’s Brisket and Sweet and Sour meatballs (yes, a lot of meat!).
Do you think that blogs have replaced recipe boxes as a way of preserving and passing on recipes?