If you come from a family of cooks, beloved family recipes can be just as valuable (or more valuable!) than any inheritance Great Aunt Sally could ever leave you. This isn't just because you love food, it's because old ladies are known for being very protective of their recipes. Ever try to get your Nana's pasta sauce recipe or your mom's Christmas cookie recipe? The CIA is less secretive than these ladies.
Who can blame them, though? That particular dish is their "thing." How good would you feel if your pain in the ass grandkids—who all eat in critically-acclaimed restaurants on the regular in "big, fancy cities"—came home and asked you to make a specific dish? Of course you'd want to keep that to yourself.
HOWEVER, if you ever have the chance to coax the recipes out of them, it's with My Family Cookbook ($35, Uncommon Goods), which is made specifically for different members of the family to share their secret recipes. Then you can keep the book and lord it over all of the younger relatives. Hey, we all turn into weird old ladies at some point, right?