From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes by Gena Philibert Ortega, Book Download 1440318271

April 5, 2018

From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes

Celebrate Your Family Recipes and Heritage

From Great-grandma’s apple pie to Mom’s secret-recipe stuffing, food is an important ingredient in every family’s history. This three-part keepsake recipe journal will help you celebrate your family recipes and record the precious memories those recipes hold for you–whether they’re hilarious anecdotes about a disastrous dish or tender reflections about time spent cooking with a loved one.

The foods we eat tell us so much about who we are, where we live and the era we live in. The same is true for the foods our ancestors ate. This book will show you how to uncover historical recipes and food traditions, offering insight into your ancestors’ everyday lives and clues to your genealogy. Inside you’ll find:

  • Methods for gathering family recipes
  • Interview questions to help loved ones record their food memories
  • Places to search for historical recipes
  • An explanation of how immigrants influenced the American diet
  • A look at how technology changed the way people eat
  • A glossary of historical cooking terms
  • Modern equivalents to historical units of measure
  • Actual recipes from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century cookbooks


“If you are interested in food, in families, and in genealogy, this book will inspire you to record and preserve your family’s food memories and recipes for future generations.” –Lisa & Sarah at A Spoonful of Sugar

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About the Author

Gena Philibert Ortega is a consultant for Family History Expos, RootsMagic and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She speaks on various subjects involving genealogy to nationwide and international audiences via webinars as well as to groups throughout California and Utah. Gena serves as Vice-President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is also a Regional Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance. She is the director of the genealogy social network GenealogyWise, which currently has over 24,000 members.

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A nostalgic and very interesting look into our history. I have really enjoyed this book and intend on giving all my children a copy for Christmas.
I’m using this book as a guide to putting together a family cookbook of recipes of my own to give my family.
To start off,let me say I loved the book. Why? I’ve often advocated using food as a touchstone in history, especially when it comes to the more feminine portion of the history. So often, it’s blatantly obvious that it’s HIS story, rather than hers, as we read one history book after another. In order to better understand her-story, the kitchen is often where we need to look. This book brings it closer to home, encouraging us to explore our own personal historical background and bring the recipes to life once again. Some reviewers thought that using recipes from a particular region & era to re-create a story was inappropriate. I guess my question is why not? Most of us don’t have recipes from even the 1800s, let alone the 1700s, and many of us have genealogies filled with illiterate or semi-literate ancestors until the 1800s or later. Without personal accounts, recipe books, etc., it’s hard to get to really KNOW our ancestors, who they were, what they did, how hard it was to ensure everyone had enough to eat, and what they ate for special occasions. I grew up with great grandparents that had been born in the 1800s and had seen our world go from horse-and-buggy to rockets-to-the-moon. I remember quite fondly my great grandmother’s fascination with the convenience foods of the 1960s, and those memories are often filled with a great deal of humor. I listened to many hours of stories from my grandmothers, and sometimes, those stories included memories of fancy feasts as well as very hard times. It was also the story of women and their struggles, including the suffrage era and the Great Depression. It also presents a much more feminine point of view of my own background than any history book will ever give me. This book has been inspiring, and I’m writing down the stories I still remember so that my granddaughter can someday read them and shake her head in horror, laugh at the funny parts, and realize that what her ancestors ate was often far different than what she sees on modern tables. Including recipes from other eras and the regions in which our ancestors came from is another way to reach out and touch the past. It’s interesting to try and re-create the foods from the old receipts anyhow, and it starts by converting their often vague measurements into something a bit more consistent with today’s measures. Like how much butter is “size of a hen’s egg” anyhow? How big was a teacup in 1870? What did a wedding cake taste like in 1869 when my great grandfather’s Aunt Rika got married? What kind of breads were eaten in Connecticut in 1795? What did soldiers eat during the Revolutionary War? While the book doesn’t supply ancestors, it’s interesting, inspiring, and can take you on a journey that will definitely inspire a foodie’s exploration into history, while making history come alive for future generations as it becomes something that is very tangible. Most people love watching historical re-enactments, so why not have a few of your own, in miniature? What better way to recreate the horror of the Great Depression than to recreate the meal my grandmother ate after being abandoned by her first husband with an infant daughter: two old carrots and an equally old potato, and then bundling up the baby and herself for an eight mile trek through subzero temperatures and snow covered roads to walk to town and call her parents for help? How much fun would it be to recreate a Thanksgiving feast from the early years of its celebration in America (actually officially created by President Lincoln in 1863 during the Civil War) for a family get together? How about a picnic for the Fourth of July that features the same menus commonly seen at parks across the nation in 1900? For me, this book encourages us all to find the fun and food of history and make it our own. It’s a great book to help you share HER story instead of just HIS story! It takes geneology out of dusty records and dry, boring dates into something very tangible. It also happens to remind me of something my mother did–she would hunt up recipes from countries or regions of interest and then make them, bringing everything from stories of the Bible to geography to life for us. They weren’t focused on our own ancestry, but it was still interesting and fun, even though they were still recipes of more modern origin, and using very modern ingredients. Over the years, we also have sampled some of the joys of her own youth, although I have to admit, I’ve always passed on the concept of chewing pinon pine pitch in lieu of chewing gum. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in geneology, women’s history, etc. There are a lot of very useful ideas, even if you don’t want to try and record your own recipes and stories in the book. (I prefer a keyboard to a pen, myself.) It’s sure to inspire you to add food to your research, which will soon have you creating a whole scrapbook of photos and memories to coordinate with that boring pedigree. It’s fun to find your ancestors that fought in the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, or were present at the signing of the Magna Carta, but…don’t you wonder what the women were doing then? Make the stories come to life and fun for future generations!

  • Title: From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes
  • Autor: Gena Philibert Ortega
  • Publisher (Publication Date): Family Tree Books (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: | 1440318271
  • ISBN-13: | 978-1440318276
  • Download File Format: EPUB, PDF

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