In the United States, a librarian makes cooking recipes engraved on tombstones

Rosie Grant has a passion: walking through cemeteries trying to find as many recipes as possible inscribed on graves, a trend that is becoming more and more fashionable in the United States.

It was during the pandemic in 2020 that this 33-year-old woman, then intern in the archives of a cemetery in Washington, took a liking to walks in cemeteries and became tatophilethat is to say passionate about the world of necropolises, which sometimes abounds in astonishing finds.

By learning about this somewhat special universe, Rosie Grant discovers the recipe of Naomi Odessa Miller Dawson, an 87-year-old woman who died in 2009, who had the recipe for her favorite shortbread cakes engraved on her tombstone. An increasingly popular trend in the United States.

It’s a way for me to tell myself that life is precious


Rosie Grant

“When I heard about recipes on graves, I thought, ‘why not cook them and post the videos?’ And it worked like I never imagined,” Rosie explains.

Curious to know if these little sweets are worth the detour, theapprentice cook then decides to make as many recipes as possible, pushed by the tens of thousands of subscribers who follow her. Recipes that Rosie finds by visiting cemeteries in the country where, thanks to her TikTok account, her community sends her photos of graves, each more original than the other. Relatives of the deceased whose recipes she makes have even contacted her.

Rosie Grant does not intend to stop there: she plans to travel nationwide and internationally to find new recipes. A way for her to honor the memory of the deceased.

“This experience showed me the importance of celebrating life and how I want to be remembered I started having conversations with my family about it. It’s a way for me to tell oneself that life is precious”.

It remains to be seen whether this curious way of resuscitating the dead could arrive in France soon…

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