Feb 282015


In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World 
by Gabriele Galimberti

Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter (November 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804185557
ISBN-13: 978-0804185554

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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  12 Responses to “In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World by Gabriele Galimberti”

  1. Wow. What an experience. I too love the whole idea of this book–the women, the photos, the travel. I’m adding this to my must read list.

    So glad to see you around this week. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Glad you’re back with us, Vicki! This looks like a wonderful book — I love the healing power of food and beautiful images.

  3. That cover is gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful too!

  4. I haven’t heard of this one yet but it sounds absolutely amazing. I love how food brings together so many people in so many ways–even though our customs might be incredibly different, food still somehow binds us. I’ll definitely be looking for this one!

  5. This looks like a beautiful book — I am going to make sure we have it in our store. Somehow I missed this one!

  6. This sounds fascinating. I’m going to go look in the library on my next trip!

  7. I saw this one as an offering on that site and have been intrigued. Looks magnificent! Happy to see you blog

  8. I love the concept of this cookbook!

  9. This looks like a beautiful book.

  10. Great concept for a book — must look for this one!

  11. What a wonderful book, I’d love to read this one.

  12. Hi Vicki,

    This book looks and sounds amazing.

    Gabriele was so innovative in coming up with the concept of a Worldwide Grandma’s cookbook. For that one small event to spark his imagination, is fantastic and takes this right out of the realms of a cookbook and into a record of social history in the making.

    It really almost doesn’t matter that one or two of the recipes are a little suspect, I doubt that I would ever make any of them, but this would be a great coffee table book, as a photographic tribute to the lovely Grandma’s everywhere!

    A great find and thanks for sharing 🙂


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