The Book Review You Didn’t Ask For

“Choose a book,” they said.  “We’ll send it to you in exchange for a review.”InHerKitchen

So I said, “Sign me up!”

There was fiction and non-fiction to choose from.  There were books on better living, entertaining, crafting and faith-ing.  But I chose the book with the cute grandma on the cover.  I could tell she was no ordinary grandma (as if there is such a thing).  No, this grandma was both darling and daring.  She’s also from Zanzibar, an island she has always called home.  With all her ingredients laid out on a mat in front of her and a mysterious smile, she is ready to cook her favorite dish.

This sweet book, In Her Kitchen by Gabriele Galimberti, is filled with stories of grandmas from around the world, each preparing their favorite (and sometimes famous) meal.  The photos are colorful and capture the personality of the women and their country – a little snapshot of her story.  Each story includes the recipe as well.

Things I loved: The grandmas are so beautiful and wise and you get to step into each home for a moment and take a look into their life.  I loved the recipes from near and far and will definitely be making the Ratatouille from France and the Tiramisu alla Toscana from Italy.  However, I’ll pass on making Honduran Iguana with Rice and Beans.  I appreciated that the author, Gabriele Galimberti, didn’t set out to make this book – instead, like most great adventures, he stumbled into it.

Things I didn’t love: I would have liked to know a little more about each grandma instead of the brief paragraph given.  I also would have liked to see them in action – cooking, laughing, talking and tasting.  Instead, each photo is set up the same with all the ingredients perfectly placed before the camera as if they all lined up for the picture to say “cheese!”  I think this is just the photographer’s personal style as his own photo on the back cover reflects this structure.

Here’s what it comes down to:  If you like travel, stories, cooking, and cute grandmas then you’ll love this simple, yet enchanting and visually appealing book.  If you don’t like travel, stories, cooking and cute grandmas, then I’m not sure why we’re still friends.  (Just kidding!)


Recipe for Cambodian Lok Lak.









I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.