Food.Family.Ephemera is a blog by Gena Philibert-Ortega that interweaves food and family history. If you’re looking for vintage recipes, this is a great site to visit.


“This blog explores community cookbooks, what they tell us about women’s lives, their genealogical value and where you can find them. In this blog I share community cookbooks, archives and ideas about remembering our female ancestors. Community cookbooks help provide clues about women’s  lives.”


Ms. Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist, author, and lecturer and has a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. “Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. She is the author of the books Putting the Pieces Together and Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and From the Family Kitchen. Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes (F+W Media, 2012). Gena is editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as Vice-President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance and on the board of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives.”



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