About Recipephany

What is a recipephany?

An epiphany is a moment of sudden revelation or insight. So, a recipephany is a recipe epiphany. Like Kurt Vonnegut’s karass (a group of cosmically-linked people), a recipephany enters the realm of the mystical. It connects you and the recipe in some life-changing way.

There are three types of recipephanies. What they all have in common is that they each have a backstory.

First, there’s the halleluyum moment of finding a perfect recipe. “So this is what (insert name of dish) is supposed to be!” You lock up these charismatic recipes in special places, serve them when you want to express yourself (and get praise), and feel that they help define who you are.

The next type is finding a technique or special ingredient that fundamentally changes the way you make things. It becomes a little secret you may reveal, maybe not.

Finally, you’ve got a recipe with a great story behind it. It has in some way changed your life, become part of  your lore. Maybe it’s the cornbread Mike Dukakis brought to your pot luck. Or an unusual but sentimental favorite an eccentric aunt used to make, that you serve ritualistically during the holidays.

Recipephanies can be passed down, generation to generation, or come from something as mundane as an old Redbook in a dentist’s waiting room. It has an element of the divine in it, and a good recipephany stays with you forever.

About the blogger

I bake a lot. Hearty breads, cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, you name it. And I collect old cookbooks. I was a finalist in a Weetabix baking contest, and won grand prize in a Ken’s Steak House Salad Dressing salad contest. When I’m not baking (and sometimes when I am), I run my own company, Brody Marketing, specializing in high tech and biotech communications.

Be a guest contributor

Please send me your recipephanies, especially those hand-me-down family treasures. I would like either to post them under your name as a guest contributor, or give you attribution as my source. I look forward to hearing from you.

- Diane Brody

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