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Querencia | Dec 18, 201911:21 PM     54

My observation is that immigrant families cling to cooking longer than to any other bits of their original culture---when language and religion are lost, they still cook a few of the old dishes even when origins are only dimly honored. And I would include immigrants from over the mountains along with those from over the seas. Let me give an example of what I mean. A branch-by-marriage of my family derives from an ancestor who came from Syria in 1905 to avoid conscription into the Turkish army. Children were not allowed to speak or learn Arabic and now everyone is 150% Americanized---but when I make tabbouleh, it's that I ate it in a restaurant then found a recipe, and when they make it, it's because their grandmother made it. Have others noticed this phenomenon---kitchen genealogy? I wish this would develop as a discussion here. How are the old dishes handed down? Are they recognized as family history?

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