Delicatessen with love: portraits of beautiful grandmas and their cooking around the world.

If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s Tuscan grandmother Marisa said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of “ravioli ripieni” before he departed for his tour around the world by couchsurfing. She was not so concerned about the possible risks or mishaps her grandson might face in his adventurous travelling worldwide, but her major concern was, “what will he eat”? That is because only at home you can eat well and healthily. And above all, only your Italian grandmother (and sometimes mum) knows what is best for you.

With the taste of his grandma’s ravioli in his mouth, Gabriele travelled around the world and, next to thousands of other adventures, turned into a curious and hungry grandson for the grannies of all the countries he visited.

Appealing to their natural cooking care and their inevitable pride in their recipe, common factors to all grandmothers in the world, Gabriele persuaded them to do their best in the kitchen. This means moose stake in Alaska and caterpillars in Malawi, delicious, but ferociously hot, ten-spice-curry in India and shark soup in the Philippines.

Delicatessen with Love honors the many grandmas who have shown their grandchildren love through their culinary skills. You can’t help but smile as you flip through the series of happy women who are proudly presenting their favorite dishes, and an unexpected pure overwhelming happiness washes over you.


Maria Luz Fedric, 53, Cayman Islands. Honduran Iguana with rice and beans

Maria Luz Fedric, 53 years old – Cayman Islands Honduran Iguan

Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.

Delicatessen with love Serette Charles, 63 years old – Saint-J

Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).

Normita Sambu Arap, 65 years old – Oltepessi (masaai mara) Ken

Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.

Bisrat Melake, 60 years old – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia– Enjera

Massa, Morocco – Eija Bankach, 62 -€“ Chicken Tajine


Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).

Julia Enaigua, 71 years old – La Paz, Bolivia- Queso Humacha (

El Nido, Philippines – Carmen Alora, 70 – Kinunot (shark in coconut soup)


Fiji Islands

Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.


Bangkok, Thailand – Boonlom Thongpor, 69 – Kai Yat Sai (stuffed omelette)


Kalulushi, Zambia – Joyce Muape, 49 – Inkoko Nama Spices (Roasted spiced chicken)



Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).

Fifi Makhmer, 62 years old -€“ Cairo, Egypt– Kuoshry (pasta,

Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).

Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83 years old – €“ Mendoza, Argentin

Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.


Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke €(herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).

Delicatessen witInara Runtule, 68 years old – Kekava, Latvia

Bububu, Zanzibar, Miraji Mussa Kheir, 56 -€“ Wali, mchuzina mbogamboga (rice, fish and vegetables in mango sauce)


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Thilaga Vadhi, 55 – Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with vegetables and fried dried anchovies)


Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Flatar Ncube, 52 – Sadza (white maize flour) and pumpkin leaves cooked in peanut butter


The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce


Jakarta, Indonesia – Eti Rumiati, 63 – Soto Betawi (beef soup with coconut and vegetables)


Stockholm, Sweden – Brigitta Fransson, 70 – Inkokt Lax – (poached cold salmon and vegetables)


Veracruz, Mexico – Laura Ronz Herrera, 81 – Vegetarian Tamal


Whitehorse, Canada – Kathy O’€™Donovan, 64 – Bison under the midnight sun


Istanbul, Turkey – Ayten Okgu , 76 -€“ Karniyarik (stuffed aubergines with meat and vegetables)


Valagerdur Olafsdòttir, 63, Reykjavìk, Iceland. Kjotsùpa (lamb and vegetables soup).

Valagerdur Olafsdòttir, 63 years old – Reykjavìk, Iceland–

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