I prepare on your graves – liberation

Rosie Grant, a 33-year-old American, finds recipes written on tombstones, mostly in the United States, and makes cakes and other pies left by the dead.

It’s quite unusual, but when walking through cemeteries in the United States, sometimes you come across funny tombstones: instead of praising the life of the deceased, you can read a recipe. Is the recipe written in stone the favorite cake recipe of a buried person, or was it baked for friends or family? In most cases, the details are missing. Sometimes only the ingredients are listed, but not the procedure. In these traces of life, Rosie Grant, a 33-year-old American, specialized in capturing them before making them and posting the results on her TikTok account (ghostlyarchive).

Spritz Cookies Recipe

It was during the Covid-19 pandemic that the 30-year-old, who was then finishing her studies as a librarian at the University of Maryland and simultaneously interning at the cemetery archives, began preparing these recipes. . In June 2021, he created a TikTok account for a university project where he talked about his internship at a cemetery. “It was a little weird but it was great, I hadn’t spent that much time in cemeteries before, but it was interesting how it worked, how people were buried, that kind of thing.” He tells her release.

From Washington, D.C., where he now lives, he posts about tombstones and graves that interest him. Until he spotted the first recipe for Spritz cookies on one of them. “Sometimes a tombstone says what a person loved in life, but it was just a list of ingredients. I have never cooked so much before. I’m more of a sandwich type! He laughs. But since we were home all the time, I jumped in and thought this was a chance I could make her special cakes.

A separate hobby

Success on TikTok is instant, even if he doesn’t get it right the first time. “People commented and advised me, for example, to prepare for ten minutes. And I ended up buying a mold to get the right shape. ” He smiled. Quickly, Internet users also send him other photos of graves, all over the country, but also in Israel. “Often, these are fairly recent women’s graves – the oldest date from the 1990s – and the recipes are pies, for example blueberry, cakes… so it’s easier to find the ingredients than if they were 19th century graves, Rosie Grant in detail. But sometimes the instructions are inaccurate. There was a recipe for porridge on the grave that said, “Cook until it looks like a soft ball, but what does that mean?.

Spotted by Buzzfeed or Kelly Clarkson’s show, her account is engaging and has over 100,000 followers. This made it possible to create a kind of community around this unique hobby.. “One time I couldn’t find an ingredient and a customer sent it to me from New York. laughs Rosie Grant. Another time, after a Buzzfeed article, a woman wrote to me that her mother had the recipe on her grave and she thought she was the only dingo who made it! It made him realize that others had the same idea that his mother was part of something. She sent me a recipe for cheese dips and we talked a lot.

“Connection with the Past”

Sometimes Rosie visits cemeteries herself, which she Googles thanks to Twitter (“A man who lived in Washington, D.C., for example, posted that his mother, who was buried in Louisiana, had a recipe for peach pie on her grave.” it reflects) or the local press. He was already in New York or Utah. Next destinations: San Francisco and Seattle for cookie recipes. “It also happens that the family will contact me, but I can’t bring myself to call them, especially since their obituaries are often on the Internet, so I guess. In the future, I really want to get to know better the people whose recipes I prepare»he explains.

Cooking to preserve the dead is, after all, what we all do when we cook a recipe passed down from a grandmother or great uncle. Rosie Grant brings strangers to life. “I think it’s a good connection to the past.he said again. In the United States, we have the “positive death” movement, which does not mean celebrating death as if it were a holiday, but accepting it as a part of life.. “Cemeteries are quiet places where you walk… I think it’s healthier for a cemetery to be connected to the community.” If you spot a recipe on a grave, you can send it to Rosie Grant via her Instagram Messenger: https://www.instagram.com/ghostly.archive/?hl=fr

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