Before I begin, recently I heard a friend get upset because she was invited to dinner at a friend’s house, someone she considered a longtime friend. They were served something they enjoyed at dinner. During dessert, they asked for the recipe and were flatly, rudely, refused. Claiming, it is a “family secret”. Really? Since, I am now annoyed and I have a blog. I can express my opinion.
Yes, there a very few instances when I can understand. For example, if a friend invited you to their house for a BBQ sauce tasting because they were developing a recipe they wanted to sell and mass market.
However, I was raised to share recipes my entire life. Even if it was referred to as Great Grandma’s “secret” family cookie..gravy… or cake recipe. It would have never entered into our heads to not share recipes. We always shared with anyone who asked for it. It is a major personal pet peeve of ours when people refuse to share recipes. We think it is crazy, selfish and rude. There. I said it.