Thursday, November 13, 2014
In Her Kitchen by Gabriele Galimberti
When I saw this cookbook and read the book description, I knew I wanted to review it! Gabriele grew up in Arezzo, Italy and never ventured very far from home. But after going to photography school, he appealed to an Italian magazine to let him travel to 50 different countries around the world and use his stories and photography in their magazine. They took him up on it! And then he only had two weeks to get ready to leave on his adventure.
He used those two weeks to get ready and to tell his close-knit family goodbye. A week before he left, he was sitting at his grandmother's kitchen eating her comforting ravioli which she often prepared for her grandson. He told her what he was about to do. He would be traveling to 50 different countries around the world and would be gone for two years. He began trying to reassure her that he wouldn't be in danger and that he had researched homes where he would stay. Her only question was, "But what will you eat?" He laughed and told her that other grandmothers would feed him their famous dishes and he would write their stories and get their recipes and bring them home to her. That's how this cookbook came into being.
You'll love seeing the photos of grandmothers around the world, their kitchens, the ingredients they use in their dishes and their signature dishes. I don't know that I'll ever cook an iguana or caterpillars, but some of these dishes sound amazing! Since I have a granddaughter from Ethiopia, I was interested in seeing the injera bread and curry sauce--with the recipe! The first featured recipe in the book is his own grandmother's ravioli. An amazing book.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book to review from Blogging for Books.