About Lost Recipes Found
Everyone has favorite recipes they’ve loved and lost– Lost Recipes Found exists to find them & get the best of them back in circulation.
Who: Monica Kass Rogers started this adventure a few years ago with a column in the Chicago Tribune that eventually became this web magazine. The 1000-plus requests she’s received since then have conveyed so much feeling, humor, story and cherished memory, she says it’s been impossible not to get hooked into recipe sleuthing for the long haul.
What: Most recipe requests fall into several broad categories. There are recipes from closed restaurants and department store tea rooms (Gone But Not Forgotten), recipes that once appeared on food packaging or promotional pamphlets (Once Upon a Box), and recipes from institutions (Love from the Lunchroom). To those, Monica has added a bunch more, including celebrity recipes (Celebrity Citings) State Fair recipes (State Fair Fun), recipes from chefs that were inspired by their own families and regional histories (Chef Recipes with Vintage Flair), etc.
What Not: Monica is not a professional chef, but, has been cooking & writing about food for about 30 years, experiencing and learning about food and cooking from the chefs and restaurateurs who have made careers of this challenging work. In every instance, history, family and culture have contributed to the dishes these professionals love most.
How: Before publishing to the site, Monica tests the recipes, photographs them, and writes a bit about the story behind each dish. Pie-in-the-sky? Monica hopes to do mini-documentaries about recipes, plus video and audio podcasts, oral histories relating to Midwest food stories, and, archiving recipe collections.
Why: The hope is that Lost Recipes Found will help preserve best old recipes–and the stories that go with them–before they are lost for good. E-mail anytime at email@example.com
…a “Please Note” from Monica: “Recipe-sleuthing is a time-consuming task and as much as I wish they wouldn’t, some recipes just stay hidden. I also can’t publish every recipe I find.” Recipes that are published on the home page of this site with photos are tested by LRF. Recipes posted in the reader comment and forum areas of the site have not been tested by LRF.
Monica Kass Rogers
Ever since a second grade spelling list suggested the theme for her first rhyming poem, Monica’s been charmed by wordsmithing and story. After journalism & photography school, Monica plunged into publishing, writing for local, national & international magazines & newspapers. (Everything from the riveting “How to Select a Mop” to the probably-too-much-information “Picking the Perfect Tree”) But most of the stories she writes for a living have been about food, the food business and culinary history. Monica loves to cook, take pictures, read & hang out with her four kids. She’s got a very inky letterpress printing hobby. And with her husband Todd, she hosts The Pig & Weasel, Evanston’s finest arts-incubator & houseconcert series.
Designer at an animation studio by day, runner, baker and doodler by night, Stephanie moved to Brooklyn in 2002 to attend Pratt Institute and explore the big city. In addition to the cute drawings she’s doing for Lost Recipes Found, her work can be seen at stephaniecleaver.com and calamityafoot.blogspot.com