On Halloween, an American refreshes recipes from beyond the grave

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

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 isn’t much room on the tombstone,” she admits—she must first guess the cooking time and temperature, before comments posted below her first-attempt video only allow him to revise the following.

C’est par hasard que Rosie Grant est tombée sur sa première recette d’outre-tombe, celle des sablés viennois de Naomi Odessa Miller Dawson, morte en 2009, à 87 ans, et enterrée au cimetière de Green-Wood, à 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 (…), they had the ingredients on her grave! I found it incredible,” says the librarian, who has since moved to Los Angeles. ? What is this recipe? How do they taste? I was very curious. »

Some relief

Since posting that first video in January, Rosie Grant’s unearthed dozens of recipes — most of which were sent to her by netizens — garnered 108,000 subscribers and millions of views on TikTok just before Halloween, the American holiday that’s making a comeback to honor. . The relatives of the deceased whose recipes she prepares even called her.

All the recipes I found are on the tombstones of women, most of whom died less than thirty years ago. “A lot of them have great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren on TikTok. Several of them commented on the videos saying, ‘Hey, this is my grandmother, this is the recipe we used to make, I recommend you make it like this,’” Rosie Grant is excited.

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 better off when you think of your yard. Not in the sense of ‘Yippee, death,’ but say to yourself ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter that we all die someday’ and enjoy your life to the fullest.”

This Halloween, Rosie Grant tries a new recipe from behind: apricot ice cream. And at the end of the video, you will conclude with the meaning of the formula for both Tik Tok: “He is a killer. »

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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. She started exploring on Tik Tok, where she posted her videos under…

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