Recipes are the same way, except there is one crucial difference. We get to eat their creations. We may be able to feel old bowls and smell old books, but the product of recipes are really the only thing we get to taste that links us to the past. And many of those are being forgotten.
Preserving Family Recipes is an excellent resource to help, guide, and encourage those who want to preserve that part of their family history. Or even just history in general. While the focus is on the recipes themselves and giving you the tools you need to make sure you understand the time and needs of the old recipes, a strong second focus is how to make a keepsake that connects the generations and incorporates family history along side the products they ate.
This book itself is a sort of example of what you can do for your own family as Valerie includes quips, pictures, and recipes from her own files to illustrate her points.
The book is well worth your time, and I hope it spurs more people on to make sure part of history doesn't die with their grandparents and great-grandparents. I have been interested in this kind of project for some time, but didn't know where to begin. Thanks to this book I have taken the first steps, and wish I had done so sooner.
Even though I have an ecopy, I plan to get a physical copy of this book. It is worth preserving in your home library. Highly recommend.