Unleashing The Powers Behind Recipes
Developing innovative gender-sensitive research methodologies is one of my passions. While working in the kitchens of hundreds of women, I have learned the value behind their recipes as an incredible source of information. Also, we women love to talk about our recipes – and there is a whole social behavior behind this sharing of information between women. How did you do this? What ingredients did you us? This recipe has been in my family for centuries!!!
So, recipes are such a natural entry point to working with women, they feel at ease. Women’s kitchens could be considered an agro-industry. In their kitchens, women process resources obtained from nature and transform them into food for the survival of their family and their communities. Importantly, recipes are very sensitive to changes in the state of natural resources, thus women’s kitchens offer a link between environmental changes and a community’s food security.
These are some of the questions we use:
- Do you remember some of the recipes of your grandmothers? Let her tell you about her favorites recipes, and make sure to have her tell you about more than one recipe.
- Have you introduced changes in the recipes? And why?
- Have the ingredients in the recipes changed throughout the years? If so, why do you think they changed? In this question, it is important to identify if they have substituted some of the ingredients (why and for what).
- Have you introduced new recipes? If so, why?
- Have changes in the weather or in the environment had any impact on any foods prepared?
- Have changes in farming had any impact foods you prepare? If so, why/how?
There is so much more to consider in the power of women’s recipes, in the next blogs I will share with you a new initiative we have just started thinking about: the “South-South Kitchens”, better known as the SOSOKI. Stay tuned for more stories….