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Obligated to carry-on family recipes and cooking traditions?

ipsedixit | Mar 15, 2009 12:41 AM

As a cook, or just someone who takes an interest in cooking, do you ever feel pressured to carry on family recipes and traditions?

Whether the pressure is imposed upon you by your parents, or from within by a sort of self-directed guilt?

For example, do you ever feel obligated to learn how to make mom's "special latkes" or tamales, or that particular "Smith family apple pie" just so that the family recipe survives another generation?

This sort of occurred to me the other day when I was making dumplings with my mom when she made a causal comment that she wondered how long "our way" of making dumplings would survive given that many of the younger family members no longer cook and we all live far away from our homeland.

Curious as to your thoughts, or experiences.

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