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In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World is a beautifully photographed coffee table book that chronicles the stories and recipes of grandmothers from around the world.
The author, Gabriele Galimberti, was inspired by his own Italian grandmother. When she heard that her grandson would be traveling around the world, she wondered who would feed him. So Galimberti decided to seek out other grandmothers, enjoy their home cooking, and record the recipes that they cooked for him.
Galimberti’s photography is what I enjoyed the most about this book. Each photograph uses bold colors, strong composition, and an emphasis on what food and people really look like. It’s never too styled and it’s never, ever, precious.
The recipes, as you might imagine, range widely from feijoada, to tagine, to trifle- and even dried caterpillars. Each recipe is treated with equal coverage, with a photo of the finished dish and a portrait of the grandmother with the ingredients she used. Many of the recipes appeared so flavorful and intriguing that I truly wanted to try them out.
If you enjoy flavors from around the world in recipes cooked from the heart, and you like genuinely artistic photography that preserves the authentic spirit of the cook, you’ll love In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World.