As Halloween approaches, an American is reviving recipes found… on graves

For some, tombstones can evoke mourning, for others, honoring a loved one, or even with a little imagination, a gaunt hand emerging from the newly transformed earth.

But there is, to the discerning eye, a real cookbook American began to explore on Tik Tok, whose videos posted under the @ghostlyarchive account have been viewed millions of times.

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Peach crumb, raspberry pie or soft caramel: For every gourmet pattern, 33-year-old librarian Rosie Grant works the same way.

Faced with limited instructions – “There is not much room on the tombstoneShe admits to AFP – she must first guess the cooking time and temperature, before comments posted below her first attempt video allow her to improve on the following.

By chance, Rosie Grant stumbled upon her first recipe from beyond the grave, the recipe for an exotic Vienna cake by Naomi Odessa Miller Dawson, who died in 2009 at the age of 87 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

When she was an intern in the digital archives of a cemetery in Washington, she discovered the world of tafsells and cemetery lovers and other cemeteries. I launched a Tik Tok account dedicated to the unexpected wonders of these meditation places, and by inquiring, end up finding Mrs. Dawson’s recipe online.

Not only did this woman love biscuits (…), she had the ingredients on her grave! I found it amazing‘, says the librarian, who has since moved to Los Angeles.What is it ? What is this recipe? How do they taste? I was so curious. “

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Since that first video, posted on October 1, Rosie Grant has discovered dozens of recipes — most of which were sent to her by netizens — garnering 108,000 subscribers and millions of views on Tik Tok ahead of Halloween, the American holiday that honors ghosts. The relatives of the deceased whose recipes she prepares even called her.

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All the recipes I found are on the tombstones of women, most of whom died less than thirty years ago. “So many of them have grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Tik Tok. Several of them commented on the videos saying, “Hi, this is my grandmother, this is the recipe we used to make, I recommend you make it like this”Rosie Grant says excitedly.

Between the two sweet and savory dishes, the librarian explores the catacombs in her videos, narrates the lives of women accused of witchcraft during the famous Salem trials, shares tales about the lives of buried celebrities or tells, for example, how the habit of strolling in the cemetery became old-fashioned in beginning of the twentieth century.

For Rosie Grant, who lost her two grandmothers during the pandemic, this trip has brought some relief. “This whole process made me realize that people and society are much better off when you think about your yard. And not in the sense of “Yippee, death” but rather say to yourself “Oh, it doesn’t matter that we all die someday” and enjoy your life to the fullest. “

This Halloween, Rosie Grant will be trying a new recipe from behind: apricot ice cream. And at the end of the video you will add these words that conclude, with the meaning of the formula, each Tik Tok:He’s a killer. “

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