The art of cooking and perfecting coveted recipes is underappreciated these days. Decades ago, families used to cook meals together. Centuries ago, the preparation of the main family meal was a daylong custom with many participants to remember the steps and ingredients, it was part of their legacy. Keep the flavors of your family alive by recording your favorite recipes.
You may have heard the old proverb, “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations”. In Japan, the expression goes, “Rice paddies to rice paddies in three generations.” The Scottish say, “The father buys, the son builds, the grandchild sells, and his son begs.” In China, “Wealth never survives three generations.”
Around the world, there are many different variations all used to describe the tendency of the third generation of a family to squander the wealth obtained by the first generation.