Although the vast majority of modern recipes can live on in perpetuity thanks to the endless nature of the internet, ancient recipes from generations past have always had to weather the storm of time and attrition to remain intact.
Earlier this week, award-winning food writer Lindsay Anderson launched a new online directory and archive that she hopes will modernize the age-old act of preserving recipes and inspire global culinary curiosity for years to come. .
Anderson describes Generational Fare as a platform dedicated to documenting culinary traditions, honoring the family members who kept them alive, and building a community that celebrates the universal joy of cooking together.
“There’s nothing out there like that,” Anderson says. “Everyone eats, and everyone’s family has a story that can be discovered through food. A friend of mine always loved the idea of having a place to share his Portuguese grandmother’s massa recipe, but could never find a platform dedicated to exactly that: preserving a diversity of culinary stories through to participatory sharing.
Some of the dishes that have already been contributed to Generational Fare include an age-old recipe for fresh pasta, gemstone scones from Australia, Persian tachin from a century-old grandmother, and a sweet bread recipe that originated in the Portuguese Azores.
“Even I, a person who doesn’t come from a particularly food-centric family, found this whole process so moving. My mom found a rhubarb pickle recipe from my great-grandmother, a woman I previously had no tangible connection to but now want to know more about,” Anderson adds.
More information about Generational Fare as well as all of its current recipes can be found online.