In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World
by Gabriele Galimberti
Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter (November 11, 2014)
On the eve of a photography trip around the world, Gabriele Galimberti sat down to dinner with his grandmother Marisa. As she had done so many times before, she prepared his favorite ravioli—a gesture of love and an expression of the traditions by which he had come to know her as a child. The care with which she prepared this meal, and the evident pride she took in her dish, led Gabriele to seek out grandmothers and their signature dishes in the sixty countries he visited. The kitchens he photographed illustrate both the diversity of world cuisine and the universal nature of a dish served up with generosity and love. At each woman’s table, Gabriele became a curious and hungry grandson, exploring new ingredients and gathering stories. These vibrant and intimate profiles and photographs pay homage to grandmothers and their cooking everywhere. From a Swedish housewife and her homemade lox and vegetables to a Zambian villager and her Roasted Spiced Chicken, this collection features a global palate: included are hand-stuffed empanadas from Argentina, twice-fried pork and vegetables from China, slow-roasted ratatouille from France, and a decadent toffee trifle from the United States. Taken together or bite by bite, In Her Kitchen taps into our collective affection for these cherished family members and the ways they return that affection.
In Her Kitchen is an evocative, loving portrait of the power of food and family, no matter where in the world you sit down for dinner..
I absolutely love this book. The first thing that I noticed was how beautiful the cover is. It shows what a great photographer the author is. I love all the things he added to the book that makes it so special. At the beginning of the book there is a world map that shows where each grandma lives. There is also a photo of the author and his grandmother when he was a toddler. The first recipe is from the authors own grandma. Each grandma has a small bio with their age and where they live, a photo of them with the ingredients they use for the recipe, and a photo of the finished recipe.
I can’t imagine how much fun it must have been for the author to not only travel the world, but to meet such a diverse group of grandma’s and recipes. It is something that I would definitely love to do.
There are so many recipes that look and sound so good that I had a hard time picking a few favorites. Then, there are a few that I can’t imagine making, much less eating, like goat and caterpillars. I haven’t had time to make any of the recipes yet, but plan on posting them when I do.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review
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