Cookbooks can be another source to document your ancestors, especially your female side. Churches, clubs and periodicals such as newspapers and magazines often compiled submissions from members or readers into book form as a fund-raising project. Most record the person who submitted the recipe. In my small collection of cookbooks at home, I have a cookbook from The Wichita Beacon newspaper (1933); Capper’s Weekly newspaper (1980); the La Leche League International (1981); the Taste of Home magazine (1995); Tea: The Magazine (2006; I submitted a recipe and it was published in the book to the left); Mary Engelbreit (2010); and several church cookbooks. Most of the church cookbooks I have were published by Cookbook Publishers, 2101 Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas.
My paternal grandmother had several of her recipes published in her church ladies group's and I was gifted with one copy of both cookbooks for Christmas. Not only that, scans of her published recipes serve as a source of documentation for Grandma on Ancestry.com and I have tangible link to rich memories of dining together when I recreate the recipes our relatives made. Mmm!
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