December 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
The appeal of In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World by Gabriele Galimberti is multifaceted: part cookbook, part storybook, part photography, and part geography lesson. This book takes readers on a food tour across five continents and gives the ultimate insider look at what a “typical” family recipe or traditional dish might be. Galimberti begins with his grandmother’s own family recipe, Swiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce, and the recipes that follow range from very accessible—vegetarian tamales—to entirely foreign (from a westerner’s perspective)—Honduran iguana with rice and beans.
The layout of the book is simple; for each recipe there are two two-page spreads. The first is entirely text: the left page is a story about the grandmother, the right is the recipe. The second is a color photo spread: on the left page is a photo of a grandmother standing in her kitchen with each ingredient laid out on the surface in front of her, the right is an overhead close-up of the final prepared dish. While the food looks and sounds delicious, I took more interest in the photos and stories of the grandmothers. As each grandmother is presumably placed in her kitchen, I found it fascinating to compare the tools, colors, and materials showcased in each photograph alongside the grandmothers. These periphery items, coupled with the accompanying recipes, lend additional details to the stories and give unique insights to otherwise foreign cultures.
December 2, 2014 § 1 Comment
GENRE(S): Women’s Fiction
Stuck in a small college town for the last eight years, Jen has always dreamed of something more for her and her fiancé, Tanner. A sudden opportunity to move forward with her life finally comes, but only in the wake of great tragedy.
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