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
Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.
Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).
Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.
Massa, Morocco – Eija Bankach, 62 - Chicken Tajine
Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).
El Nido, Philippines – Carmen Alora, 70 – Kinunot (shark in coconut soup)
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).
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).
Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.
Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).
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 â (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).