Whenever I ask one of the older cooks in my family how to make a particular dish, the answer is inevitably, "Oh, you just add a little of this and a little of that..." Request that measurements be given in cups and tablespoons, and they'll either shrug or laugh. Most of the time there is no "recipe," and all the knowledge lives in their heads and hands.
"You just have to watch me make it," says my dad. He's right; there's no better way to learn than to spend time together in the kitchen. But what if you want to capture the recipe in a more concrete way for yourself and future generations? Here are some tips for documenting your grandmother's traditional noodles or your father's secret sauce (once he agrees to share!).