I am not the first food writer in my family. That honor belongs to my Aunt Gerry. I’m not sure when she put these two cookbooks together. My copies were given to me by Grandma and are dated 1987.
I use these two little cookbooks frequently. They contain some of the best recipes from my family. Even though I cook from the books often, it had been a long time since I’d read the notes at the front of each book written by Aunt Gerry. I think she captures the feelings of all recipe lovers in this note:
Just what you needed was ANOTHER COOKBOOK – Right? Well, here it is! Recipes from Special People for Special People.
My book is a collection of the best recipes I have tried. Some are my own, others given to me and some – I do not know where they came from – but they are all very good.
I have always enjoyed baking and hope you find you will enjoy it with the recipes here. You will receive many, many compliments, I am sure.
A recipe is never really any one person’s – as it travels through many hands, some are bound to improve on it, regardless of how good it originally was. Perhaps you will do that with these recipes. Enjoy!
Aunt Gerry was passionate about preserving family memories and history and these cookbooks were one way she did that. She knew that recipes for Cabbage Rolls and Noodles and Banana Cake are more than lists of ingredients. They are family memories, special because of the people.
Maybe you are one of the people in your family who preserves memories and history through recipes. Keep it up! It’s an important role.
Aunt Gerry passed away this week after a difficult and painful battle with cancer. I’m so thankful for the memories she shared with us, the stories told through food.
Do you have someone in your family who keeps the history through food?