Preserve Family Recipes Via Video

Here’s an idea. Preserve family recipes by taking videos of the family member who makes it the best. Perhaps that person is you.

Ann-Terese Barket, aka The Food Archivist, thinks the perfect gift just might be a two-inch flash drive containing the video. Make lots of copies and distribute them as gifts. The videos do not need to be professional Hollywood productions. Your family members will probably appreciate watching the family expert “as is.”

Barket documents family recipes via videos and transcripts so they may be easily shared with relatives and friends. She officially started her business after realizing how important recipes were in maintaining the cherished culinary memories of her own family.

“But unofficially, this has been (happening) since I was a little girl,” Barket said. “I would watch my dad cook all the recipes at our El Matador Restaurant. I documented his every move, and when he passed I felt the need to have a cookbook filled with his recipes.”

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Keeping recipes and tracking the sharing that happened between women is a way of tracking social interactions too. And if your ancestor didn’t cook write up a story about why. My grandmother who was a working woman her whole life was a horrible cook. Just Irish Sunday pot roasts so that they could take off for Sunday drives. But she always knew where to find the best bakeries. Great bread and doughnuts always.


Good idea! my kids complain that they can’t get my chicken and sausage gumbo recipe right. And being in Illinois there’s not many places they can order it at a restaurant. And it’s not normally as good as homemade. Another is chicken and dumplings, daughter tries but dad’s is better…



Keeping recipes is keeping the tradition of certain family of society. It’s the best to preserve it.


My mother had a foot-long metal file card box full of family recipes going back to my g-g-g-grandmother’s “Hard Sauce for Pudding”. I loved poking through the dog-eared, stained cards, studying each woman’s handwriting, and imagining the table that held the final results. Most of the recipes were for baked goods with many ingredients, but I found my great grandmother’s recipe for fish chowder. She lived on Peaks Island, Maine and could make fish chowder in her sleep. This recipe involved the use of a newfangled appliance, the pressure cooker, prompting her to write down a detailed recipe for a dish that otherwise would have been lost.


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