It’s like holding the world in your hand–or at least that’s how I felt when reading In Her Kitchen by Gabriele Galimberti. Every other page bears a photo, and every photo bears a story and a recipe highlighting the traditions of a grandmother. Grandmothers from Sao Paulo and Stockholm find their place alongside grandmothers in Tokyo, the Fiji Islands, Tirana, and Zambia, among others. And while their stories are wonderful (and often made me smile), it is the photographs that are the real highlight of the book. The stunning images of kitchens and grandmothers and dishes bring to mind the similarities and differences of our world. At one point, I was delighted to see the same olive oil that my mother (now a grandmother) uses in the kitchen of another grandmother in Veracruz, Mexico.
While you are more likely to try some recipes than others (unless, of course, you just so happen to have fresh iguana, caterpillars, or shark on hand), even a quick skim through the book will show you that the majority of the recipes are not only doable but also delicious-looking. From Sinigang (tamarind soup with pork and vegetables) to Feijoada Light, Chirashizushi (scattered sushi) to “Bison under the Midnight Sun,” Vegetarian Tamales to Burekoep Domate (layered egg custard pie), Calimberti has captured the beauty of these ethnic foods through gorgeous photographs.
I would recommend this book to any grandmother, world traveler, social studies teacher, or homeschool family in search of a taste of the world.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.