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.
The idea for this book is truly intriguing. Going all over the world, visiting grandma’s, taking a photo of them in their environment and posting one recipe from each. It is a wide range with everything from Moose Steak from a grandmother in Alaska to Tiramisu alla Toscana from Italy. But as you can imagine, what I really love are the photos and the stories behind the photos.
As an example, the grandmother from La Paz Bolivia is 71 year old Julia Enaigua. She is a vendor and every day rides a bus to the farmer’s market and buys big bags of produce to take back to her city’s market. She sets up her stall and sells until almost all of the vegetables are gone. Since her husband died a few years ago, she returns to an empty home. Her recipe is Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese stew). The photo is her in her kitchen. Gleaming pots and pans behind her on rustic shelves.
I don’t even know if I will make anything from this book. I have plenty of cookbooks to cook from, but only this one to let me get a glimpse into the lives of fellow women who cook from around the world.