In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World is unlike any recipe book I’ve ever read. It is unique in that the author, Gabriele Galimberti leaves home at 22 on a photography expedition around the world. He sets out to visit more than 50 countries with nothing more than his camera, computer, and journals.
As Gabriele says his goodbyes to family and friends, he learns his grandmother’s biggest concern is what he will eat for the endurance of his trip. Coming from a family that cherishes good food, he reassures his grandmother that there are grandmas just like her all over the world that would welcome him into their homes and feed him well. He promised to return with photos of the dishes they cooked to prove to his grandmother he wasn’t being deprived of delicious food. And that is how his project was born!
Each section features a different grandmother, her photograph standing in her kitchen, a bit of her story, and of course, her signature recipe.
I really enjoyed reading through each grandmother’s unique story. I felt like I was on a culinary tour around the world with Gabriele! Since each section begins with a photograph of the grandmother in her kitchen next to her dish, I tried (very unsuccessfully!) to guess her country of origin. To be honest, I probably won’t make many of these dishes myself. So in terms of viewing this as a recipe book, I probably wouldn’t purchase this book. But, it was definitely fun to read through each story for the sake of learning more about different cultures!
*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing an honest review.