It’s almost a universally accepted truth that no one can mess with grandma’s cooking. In interviewing food luminaries about the dishes that shaped their career, we’ve found that even the most accomplished chefs look to their bube, nonna, or mawaw for inspiration. And around the world, it’s the grandmas who preserve the soul of regional cuisines, cooking by feel rather than checking Epicurious for a ravioli recipe.
But even though your grandma is obviously the G.O.A.T., it pays to take cues from the global population of grans, especially when they’re cooking stuff that your own has never even heard of. That’s why I love the Delicatessen series from photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who has traveled the globe shooting photos of grandmas alongside their signature dishes—and, most impressively, persuading them to divulge the recipes.
Here’s a little background on the project from his site: