About Lisa

Shared Tastes (and smells!) tells the story of an American family from the 1920s through the present. It also combines multicultural flavors and traditions with contemporary, healthful alternatives.

Lisa Redfern

I cook the way I write and create art. I use bright colors [bold flavors] and widebrush strokes [non-precise measurements].

I started this recipe blog in 2011 when a group of friends joined me in my kitchen to share recipes.


Betty Wrysinski 2003

2013 Preserving Traditions through Food

In August of 2013, my Grandma passed. She was 92 and lived a full and interesting life.

No matter how much time passes, I still hear her voice when I follow her recipes or use a utensil that came from her kitchen.

Betty in her kitchen with granddaughters.


In the fall of 2013, my mother and I began a project to publish Grandma’s recipes (and those from other family members) so future generations would have access to them. (Grandma’s ‘historic’ recipes are noted and include photos from family albums.)



Lisa Redfern is an author, artist, and photographer.

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