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What Grandmothers Cook Around The World

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti presents what you may call an international manifesto of grandmothers’ love: since all grandmas worldwide first need to make sure you’re well fed, Gabriele saw this as something worth capturing and turning into an adorable photo series. His project, called ‘Delicatessen With Love’, took him to 58 different countries, where Gabriele photographed grandmothers before they’d start cooking, and their finalized signature dishes afterwards. The diptychs of proud women and their creations almost radiate the love and care put into the process.

Gabriele says that it actually was his own grandma who gave him the idea for the series: before the photographer set out to one of his globetrotting trips, his grandma gave him a warm send-off with her renowned raviolis. As her biggest concern was, naturally, what her grandson would eat on the trip, Gabriele then said: “You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks. I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!”

‘Delicatessen With Love’ is not the first photo project that takes Galimberti around the world. You must remember him from the ‘Toy Stories’ series, where he would photograph children from around the world with their most prized toys. Whomever he chooses as a subject, one thing remains the same: Gabriele sure knows how to capture and transmit a warm and caring feeling that we could all relate to. And here’s to all our grandmothers!


Armenia, Tolma (Roll of Beef and Rice Wrapped into Grape Leaves)

Haiti (Lambi in Creole Sauce)

Malawi, Finkubala (Caterpillar in Tomato Sauce)

Morocco, Bat Bot (Berber Bread Baked in a Pan)

Italy (Swiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli with Meat Sauce)

Philippines, Kinunot (Shark in Coconut Soup)

Cayman Islands (Honduran Iguana with Rice and Beans)

Lebanon, Mjadara (Rice and Lentils Cream)

China, Hui Guo Rou (Twice-Cooked Pork with Vegetables)

India (Chicken Vindaloo)

Latvia, Silke €“(Herring with Potatoes and Cottage Cheese)

Zimbabwe, Sadza (White Maize Flour and Pumpkin Leaves Cooked in Peanut Butter)

Brazil (Fejoada Light)

Algeria (Chicken and Vegetables CuosCous)

Sweden, Inkokt Lax – (Poached Cold Salmon and Vegetables)

Turkey, Karniyarik (Stuffed Aubergines With Meat and Vegetables)

Canada (Bison Under the Midnight Sun)

Bolivia, Queso Humacha (Vegetables and Fresh Cheese Soup)

Kenya, Mboga and Orgali (White Corn Polenta With Vegetables and Goat)

Argentina, Asado Criollo (Mixed Meats Barbecue)

Egypt, Kuoshry (Pasta, Rice and Legumes Pie)

Thailand, Kai Yat Sai (Stuffed Omelette)

Spain, Asadura de Cordero Lecca con Arroz (Milk-Fed Lamb Offal with Rice)

Ethiopia (Enjera with Churry and Vegetables)

Georgia, Khinkali (Pork and Beef Dumplings)

Iceland, Kjotsùpa (Lamb and Vegetables Soup)

Norway, Kjottsuppe (Icelandic Bull Meat and Vegetables Soup)

Zanzibar, Wali, Mchuzina Mbogamboga (Rice, Fish and Vegetables in Green Mango Sauce)

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  • Michelle Pearl Mobley via Facebook

    When I was young, chocolate chip cookies. When I was a delinquent teen, she made grilled Velveeta cheese sandwiches for me when I came home drunk…for some reason, eating those sandwiches kept me from waking up hungover.

  • Ed Danielson via Facebook

    Hm. Plattan, kottbullar and filibunk… and, of course, lutfisk. But no caterpillars.

  • Colin Bell via Facebook

    My wife and her family come from Argentina, Asado Criollo (Mixed Meats Barbecue) is something I have eaten, it is very nice.

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  • Eveline Herzog via Facebook

    wonderful, and impressive

  • Evert F-j Veendijk via Facebook

    Not only Grandmothers……….beauty!! Resp.Granddad!

  • Luisa

    Algeria -> *Couscous

  • Suna

    Awwww, great Idea, I didn’t know that the people of Georgia make these dumplings – I always thought they come frome China. but i miss Germany ;) ( and no , we don’t eat everyday bratwurst or currywurst)

  • ShowShanti

    This is amazing! Makes me want to call dibs on some recipe for when I become a grandma in the future.

  • Gwenny Todd

    Why can’t I post your articles to G+. Almost 4,000 folks follow me and I would love to boost your traffic but your links will not load. /cry

  • Richard

    Hey first thanks for the mouth watering collection but please correct the Kenyan Dish to Ugali (not Orgali) thanks!

  • Robyn Deger via Facebook

    What do you remember Mar cooking for you?

  • Emily Weeth LaScola via Facebook

    How about a Welsh “Nain” who made pickled red cabbage and pigs’ feet just for me? (I think I was complemented at the time.)

  • Teresa Louise Wright via Facebook

    Roast beef dinner…NO ONE will EVER beat my Nan’s….EVER!!

  • Agnes

    Pffff….without hungarian cuisine it is not integral at all. And lots of other character countries are missing. But nice collection anyways.

  • colagirl

    Dad’s mom: Ham and scalloped potatoes. Mom’s mom: Hoppin’ John. I really miss them both.

  • wen

    Canadian here, pretty sure most Canadians have never heard of that dish!

  • Fernando

    I missed an Irish Granny cooking a Stew.