Digital librarian Rosie Grant finds inspiration through a very unusual hobby: cooking recipes from tombstones in cemeteries across America.
“Death is such a taboo subject,” she said in a video call with CTV National News’ Washington bureau correspondent. “It’s scary to think about our own mortality, but there’s this beautiful celebration of who a person was.”
Over the past year, Grant has baked cookies, pies, meatloaf, or any other recipe she finds carved into tombstones and shares on her popular TikTok account, called @ghostlyarchive. It was first started as a school project when I was studying library science at the University of Maryland. Many of his videos have gone viral, attracting millions of views.
“Food has this incredible connection to those memories, those good times,” she said.
For a year, Grant has been looking for tombstones with recipes engraved on them. A discovery brought her to Logan, Utah, where beloved grandmother, Kay Andrews’ famous fudge is etched on a giant tablet.
His viral video caught the attention of Andrews’ daughter, Janice. She told CTV News that her mother often hurt her for the whole community before her death 3 years ago at the age of 97. And her late mother wanted to share her recipe as a permanent reminder of her generosity and sense of humor.
“She loved chocolate,” Janice Andrews said from her home in Syracuse, Utah, adding that her late mother would scoff at the online fame.
“Nobody puts a fudge recipe on a tombstone unless it’s pretty funny,” she said.
Grant has made over 11 tombstone recipes so far. She ends each TikTok with “another recipe to die for”.
“I wish I could have dinner with all of them,” she said.
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