IN HER KITCHEN, by Gabriele Calimberti, is full of striking photographs taken all over the world. Each place Gabriele visited on his trek around the world he stopped to find a grandmother who was willing to cook for him and share her recipes.
When Gabriele Calimberti was preparing for his trip around the world, his Italian grandmother’s only concern was that he be well-fed during his travels. So, with that said, he decided to find a grandmother in each place he stopped on his trip, and to dine at her table, sampling her signature dish. This beautiful and colorful cookbook is the result making it the most unique cookbook of its kind.
Calimberti traveled to sixty countries. Some of the food he was introduced to was astonishing. Each page of this book is filled with photos and recipes that he is sharing with the world. I have a couple of favorites. I don’t think I’m a picky eater. However, there are a couple of dishes I found to be too over-the-top for me, even. In Mchinji, Malawi, for instance, he shows us a photo and recipe for Finkubala (caterpillars in tomato sauce) by a 53 year old grandmother named Regina Lifumbo. And the Honduran Iguana with rice and beans in Georgetown, Cayman Island by maria Luz Fedric could not tempt me. However, the Emanadas Criolla from Buenos Aires, Argentina, looked divine, and the Tuscan Wild Boar Stew from Pratolino, Italy by Eldina Albarda aged 75 sounded absolutely heavenly. In fact, while traveling in Tuscany we did have wild boar many times and loved it.
What a collection. IN HER KITCHEN is an evocative, loving portrait of the power of food and family, no matter where in the world you sit down for dinner.
I received my copy of IN HER KITCHEN by Gabriele Calimbeerti, from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair review. I love Blogging For Books!