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NPR 'RecipeCorps' archive of family food history

Record grandparents teaching their grandchildren traditional family recipes that can be collected and shared in a national database.

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Just as NPR's 'StoryCorps' program records compelling stories of family history as a discussion from one generation to the next, why not do a similar 'RecipeCorps' archive? Record grandparents teaching their grandchildren the family recipes they learned decades ago and have carried with them through the decades. The Bolognese sauce we love, that roast pork we have on birthdays, those shrimp egg rolls... Most of the older ecipes are done from memory and are not written down. A 'RecipeCorps' program would travel around the country and build an archive of older people teaching their grandchildren not only how to make a certain dish, but also about their family history and the food that they grew together, ate together and cherished together. This would foster kids embracing their family's best eating traditions as well as good relationships with each other. The 'RecipeCorps' database could then be viewed, learned from and appreciated by everone.


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