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

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Gabriele Galimberti's beautiful portraits of grandmothers from all over the world posing with their signature dishes remind us that sharing traditions through food is universal.

As Gabriele Galimberti was preparing to set off on a trip around the world, his Italian grandmother was more concerned about how well he would eat than any risks or mishaps he might face on his trav
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Clarkson Potter
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book is just beautiful.

Gabriele Galimberti is a photographer and this book has some of the most beautiful photographs of each grandmother and her favorite dish presented.

For instance you have:
Shark in Coconut soup from the Philippines

Grape Leaves stuffed with Beef and Rice from Armenia

Swiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli with Meat sauce from the authors own Gramma in Italy

( I can't wait to make that one)

I just want to hug this book every time I pick it up. To me it's more than just
Heather Fineisen
This is a marvelous book to have in any collection. Not so much as a practical cookbook, but as a storybook, a history book, an atlas. In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World, Gabriele Galimberti showcases a various grandmas and thier dishes with the recipes. The photography tells its own story and this could easily crossover as an art book. The setting for each photograph is also a treat. Kitchens in the background will make your wonder about the beach babe calendar o ...more
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
This was an interesting book to skim. I loved the pictures of the grandmothers around the world. Even looking at their kitchens behind them proved to be a point of interest. I really wouldn't make any of these recipes, but it was eye opening and interesting.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, cookbooks
This is an extraordinary coffee table book. It will make you hungry as you browse its pages. Wonderful photography. An exceptional tour of the world. Some of the recipes are quite simple, others very complicated and requiring exotic ingredients. (Hard to find iguana in the US!) Lovely stories of these beautiful women, though shorter than I would like. It really points out the diversity on our planet, in food and culture and living conditions. Makes me very grateful for my home and family and cur ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all let me begin by saying that I love to peek into people’s homes! I love to walk my neighborhood right at dusk when people are turning on their lights, but haven’t yet pulled their curtains to. I don’t look at the people, I look at their things. I love to see what’s hanging on someone’s wall, what lights they have, the color of their rooms. So, I love In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World. I get to peek into each of these homes from all around the world.

Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
I usually don't review cookbooks until I've made at least one recipe from it. I'm going rogue on this one 'cuz I think it is so darn good.

If you have fond memories of cooking with your grandmother, then this book is for you. I think the recipes are ancillary. That might be heresy, but it is true for this cookbook. There are only a few recipes that I feel compelled to try, but its beauty and usefulness lies in its charming stories and photos of these global matriarchs.

Galimberti pays homage to gr
Feb 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
I gotta be honest: I was not impressed with this cookbook. While the photographs of grandmothers in their kitchen were interesting, the weirdly symmetrical cooking ingredients were distracting. The recipes were fun to read, but the very few of the recipe photographs looked appetizing and my only-barely adventurous palate did not extend to trying any of these dishes. I did enjoy the short, personal biographies of each cook. In the end, I felt like Mr. Galimberti’s strongest talent was charming a ...more
Excellent book with wonderful photos. The author is a photographer whose work as appeared in Newsweek, Vanity Fair and Le Monde. He has traveled around the world and ended up in the kitchens of grandmothers from all over the globe. The recipes are absolutely fascinating and they tell you so much about the woman's culture and country. I am very glad I bought this book and I highly recommend it.
Mazzou B
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a touching and beautiful tribute to grandmothers! Photographer Gabriele Galimberti has traveled the world, interviewing women who have served their families in the home for decades. Each and every woman has cheerfully sacrificed hours of their lives to make their husbands, children, grandchildren and neighbours feel comfortable and loved and I think it is wonderful that this photographer embarked on this interesting project.
Read short biographies from beloved matriarchs and try making t
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I have an obsessive need to collect cook books, the more varied they are, the better. And when the break the normal mode, go beyond the role of a normal cookbook, I love them even more. In Her Kitchen mixes food, family history, and gorgeous photography.

When I first cracked open the cover, like I do with every other cookbook I get, I read it cover to cover. I took in the small little snippets of these grandmother's lives, and I enjoyed reading the love behind the food. The pictures are stunning
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
In Her Kitchen is not an ordinary cookbook, it is an extraordinary one. From the beautiful women who shared their recipes to the stunning photographs, I was in awe as I turned the pages. How incredible it must have been to sit down with each of these grandmothers from around the world and learn about their dishes as well as a brief story about themselves. The recipes included in this cookbook were rather intriguing too! While some called for rather interesting ingredients (caterpillars, iguana, ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As the blurb above tells the tell, Gabriele's grandmother gave him the idea for this book. In fact, she was the first grandma in the book. I just knew I had to check this book out from the fabulous cover! Each part of the book is a grandmother as varied as grandmothers can be. There are some that are surprisingly young and others with several great grandchildren. What they all have in common is their love of family and food. Each page has a picture of the grandmother and the ingredients (like th ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I loved the premise of this. The author spent two years couch surfing around the world to write articles, and the one thing his Italian grandmother worried about was who would cook for him. So he found grandmothers from almost all the continents, and cooked with them. This book is a compilation of those recipes, along with pictures of the grandmothers and the dishes, and a few short paragraphs about the grandmother. Most of the dishes are common to the grandmother's culture and would probably no ...more
Sandra Lassiter
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is such a delightful book!! I love the thought and heart behind it, and it was fascinating to read. The photos are gorgeous, and it was lovely to have a look at so many lives and their passion for feeding family. The Moose Steak recipe from Alaska really took me back. We didn't eat a lot of moose steak when we were living in Alaska, but a nice moose roast, slow cooked in a cast iron dutch oven on the back of a wood stove all night? Oh, my!

There is such a nice variety of dishes from the sim
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, cookbook
Impressions on Read-Through:
Fantastic & heartwarming

Intro explains that author went on a year-long couch-surfing "expedition" for a photography mag; this was a happy side-project.

Each recipe: picture of grandma in her kitchen with all her ingredients + picture of the prepared dish + very short bio/intro to the dish with grandma's town/city + recipe

Found very few recipes to try myself; still very much enjoyed reading the cookbook

Not for the faint at heart: some recipes call for moose, shark, and
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, non-fiction
This was really cool. I loved the variety of recipes, the introduction to these awesome women from around the world, and primarily the sociological lessons. From seeing the span of kitchen and food choices and accommodations to learning what women feel makes them a valuable member of their society, there's a lot to learn from these grannies. My number one meal choice? The twice cooked pork made by Pan Guang Mei from Chongqing. That looked fabulous. Maybe with the Latvian Apple pizza made by Nata ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
The author/photographer decides to take a trip around the world. His grandmother worries that he will not eat well and makes him his favorite dish before he leaves, Swiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli with Meat Sauce. He tells her not to worry and he will eat well. He goes to 60+ countries and visits with and gets recipes from 60 grandmothers and includes their picture, recipe, and story in the cookbook. It was an interesting concept and I had originally wanted to read it as an ARC, but didn't have ...more
Jeri  Goins
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was very well written. I loved the premise and the format. Each Grandmother is pictured with the artfully arranged ingredients to her dish in her own kitchen next to a picture of the prepared dish. I loved this. I loved seeing the different kitchens of the world and how similar or different they are to American ones. The author explains briefly how she came to meet each Grandma. This is actually a cookbook that you want to READ, not just browse the recipes. As to the recipes, there wer ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This is more than just a cookbook. It is a collection of grandmas from all over the world. Each side of one page is a beautiful glossy picture of the grandma in her kitchen with the ingredients of what she is making. On the opposite page is the prepared dish. The grandma's age and short bio is included along with her recipe. I loved to see the kitchens and the type of food for that region. Wonder what the U.S. grandma prepared? Not surprising - a dessert after bringing in a prepared meal for din ...more
Connie D
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, food
Gorgeous and charming photographs of women throughout the world, with the ingredients of their favorite/best dishes spread before them artistically. Each photo is followed by a short description of the photographer's experience with the grandmother and her cooking and her recipe. Like the photos, the stories are delightful and often poignant; it's a wonderful, loving project. The book design is beautiful too.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“In Her Kitchen” by Gabriele Calimberti is not your typical cookbook. The book is half cookbook, half story and Gabriele shares the recipes he acquired from Grandmothers all over the world.

Check out my review at my blog:

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The author gathered these memories while on a long couch-surfing trip around the world wherever his fancy took him. This was an interesting book to pick up and put down whenever you like as it is written in short essays about each grandmother he met and includes one recipe for each. I was interested to see that the recipes were ones I can imagine being served on ordinary days.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food
I loved the idea behind this book, meeting up with grandmothers around the world and eating a meal they made. The photography was good and I had fun reading the recipes. I wish the writing about the women had gone into more depth. I didn't get to know them as well as I would have liked.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
What's not to like about a book of smiling grandmas serving up their best dishes? This book is a charming nad honest look at home cooks around the world. The recipes included aren't too difficult (though finding ingredients might present a challenge), and the photos pop off the page.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
The photos are amazing, the stories are less so.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't think I'll make any of the recipes in this book, but I'm really glad to have read it!
Jean Leconte
Its a better picture book than it is a recipe book. Great idea not so great on the rest
Fascinating photos. Wanted more grist to the stories.
Jennifer Rogers
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book with a peek into the diversity of the world's kitchens.
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