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Food is a key ingredient in every family’s history: Dad’s Saturday morning pancakes, the marzipan Granny served every Christmas, your Sicilian great-great-grandmother’s spaghetti sauce recipe. And we want you to share your family’s food traditions with us.
Family Tree Books is collecting short essays for a book about real family recipes
and the memories that surround them. We’ll select eight submissions to feature in
the book based on these criteria:
- Submissions should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
- Essays should tell the story of a real tradition, including:
- What is the tradition?
- Who started it and when?
- What cultural or regional background does the dish or tradition represent? (for example,
is it a US regional specialty or a product of your ancestry in Germany, Sweden, Mexico,
- What does the tradition mean to you and your family?
Submissions should include the recipe described in the story and a family photo—of
the original chef, people described in the story or yourself. (Pictures of the dish
itself may be submitted but likely will not be published.)
To enter: E-mail your essay to FTMedit@fwmedia.com with
the subject line Family Food Traditions no later than July 13, 2011. To be considered,
submissions must adhere to the following specifications:
Essays must be in Microsoft Word (.DOC or .RTF) or plain-text format (.TXT). Do not
paste your essay into the body of the email.
- Photos must be in JPG or TIFF format, with a resolution of 300 dpi or higher.
Your name, mailing address, phone number and email address must be included in the
email message and the essay document.