If there’s one thing that reminds us of home, it’s the thought of a wonderful, home-cooked meal by Grandma in her cozy kitchen. Since we last posted about Gabriele Galimberti’s Delicatessen with Love series in 2012, the Italian photographer has visited even more grandmothers from across the globe, inviting them to share their signature dishes with the rest of the world. Each heartwarming diptych consists of a portrait of the grandma surrounded by the raw ingredients in her home, accompanied by a close-up shot of the delicious meal.
Galimberti, who photographed grandmothers in 58 different countries for this series, was struck by the idea before he embarked on a globetrotting trip for his couch surfing project. To ensure that he had at least one good meal before leaving, the photographer’s grandma prepared a dish of ravioli for him before his departure. “In that occasion I said to my grandma, ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,'” Galimberti explained to Slate. “‘I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”
The beautiful presentation, variety of foods, personal details, and loving sentiment make this series not only a fascinating study of cuisines around the world, but also a touching homage to grandmothers everywhere. To see more photos, captions, and full recipes of each dish, be sure to check out Galimberti’s website.