I recently found this quote about my great-great-great-great grandparents in the Turley Family Records book which documents the history of my family dating back to the early 1700s:

"Rolla B. Turley was a miller.
His grist mill was on Terre Bleue Creek in Ste. Genevieve County.
A large beam can still be seen at the bottom of a rock - a beam that was in place in 1844. Until 1933 two beams remained of the old water mill. Rolla made a special cake flour for his wife Lucinda.
She had the lightest cakes in the county. No one could understand and no one was told."

For this piece I made and served baked goods using 3 generations of family cookbooks:

1. My Grandmother, Aline Clavette Ballentine: Coffee Pie.
Culinary Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook, 1964 Edition.
First published 1950

2. My Mother, Mary Michele Barton: Consciousness III Cookies.
New York Times Natural Foods cookbook by Jean Hewitt, 1971

3. Myself, Winona Barton-Ballentine: Apple Pie.
The Joy Of Cooking, 2006 edition.
First published 1931.

This Edible Archive was performed at the ICP/Bard Symposium
"Memories Can't Wait" - December 2012

Memories Can't Wait is a two-day symposium jointly organized by the ICP-Bard MFA program and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. It investigates the different artistic strategies used to rethink the ways to produce, document and archive.

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