But there is hidden, to the discerning eye, a real cookbook that the American began to explore on Tik Tok, where his videos published under the account @ghostlyarchive have been viewed by millions.
Peach crumbles, blueberry pie or soft caramels: for any great epitaph, Rosie Grant, a 33-year-old librarian, goes the same way.
Faced with a few instructions – “not to have a lot of space on the tombstone”, he told AFP – he had to consider the cooking time and temperature, the comments sent in the first test video only allowed him to revise the results. who.
It just so happened that Rosie Grant found her first way from the grave, of Viennese shortbread with Naomi Odessa Miller Dawson, who died in 2009 at the age of 87 and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
When he was a student at a digital cemetery in Washington, he discovered the world of taphophiles, lovers of tombs and other necropolises. He opens a Tik Tok account dedicated to the unexpected wonders of the meditation center and, by asking, he manages to find Ms. Dawson’s path online.
“Not only did this woman love cakes (…), she had ingredients on her grave! I thought it was amazing,” says the librarian, who moved to Los Angeles. “What is it? What is this recipe? How does it taste? I was very impressed.”
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Since the launch of this first video in January, Rosie Grant has found a dozen recipes – most of which were sent to her by Internet users -, she has gained 108,000 subscribers and millions of views on Tik Tok before Halloween, the American holiday that puts the honorable people back.
Relatives of the deceased who used to make his recipes contacted him.
All the recipes he found are on the graves of women, most of whom died less than thirty years ago.
“Many of them have grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Tik Tok. Many of them have commented on the videos saying, “Yeah, that’s my grandmother, that’s the way we used to do it, I recommend you do it this way,” says Rosie Grant enthusiastically.
Between two sweet and savory dishes, the librarian explores the graves in his videos, describes the lives of women accused of witchcraft during the famous Salem trials, shares legends about the lives of famous people who were buried or explains, for example , where the practice of picnicking at a cemetery fell out of fashion in the early 1900s.
For Rosie Grant, whose two grandmothers died during the pandemic, the visit has brought relief.
“All these activities made me realize that people and people are better when you think about your death. It doesn’t matter that we all die one day + live the rest of our lives.”
For Halloween, Rosie Grant will try a new trick: apricot ice cream. And at the end of the video, he adds this word that ends, with the meaning of the formula, every Tik Tok: “He’s a killer.”