While some people hand down a box of recipes on notecards, others choose a more permanent route, etching the signature dishes of their loved ones on their tombstones. Rosie Grant discovered the phenomenon of graveyard recipes as a graduate student for library science at the University of Maryland.
Her first encounter with a recipe on a tombstone was in Brooklyn, where the grave of Naomi Miller-Dawson shares the ingredients for her spritz cookies. During her quest, Grant has traveled to Logan, Utah to visit the grave of Kay Andrews, which boasts of a fudge recipe, and she just received a tip about a cheese dip recipe on a tombstone of a woman buried in Iowa.
Grant says that most of the recipes are from women and are for desserts, but she is aware of a yeast cake recipe on the grave of a man in Israel, who was a well-known kibbutz chef.
Considering her own tombstone, Grant debates between a macaroni and cheese recipe or a clam pasta, but hopes she has some time to decide between the two.