We think we can say with confidence, that it’s a universally accepted truth that no one can outdo grandma’s cooking. Whether it was her Sunday gravy, Friday night roasted chicken, holiday treats, cookies or cakes, we’re always trying to recreate that special something that grandma put into her food.

Inspired by his grandmother Marisa, and her love of making and serving good food (especially her ravioli), Italian photographer, Gabriele Galimberti set out to explore what grandmothers cook around the world, resulting in the beautiful photo series, Delicatessen With Love.

In an interview with Slate, Galimberti shared this anecdote after his grandmother expressed her concern over his eating habits while traveling on the job: “I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks, 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!”

Traveling to 58 countries, Galimberti photographed grandmothers with their ingredients, and completed one-of-a-kind, signature dishes. Each portrait also includes easy-to-follow recipes for everything from moose steaks in Alaska and caterpillars in Malawi, to curry in India and shark soup in the Philippines.

Delicatessen With Love is a perfect mix of love, family and tradition reminding us that despite cultural differences, when it comes to grandmas and their extraordinary capacity to love through food, we are all the same.

Buon Appetito!


Carmen Alora, 70, Philippines: Kinunot (shark in coconut soup)



Fatma Bahkach, 59, Morocco: Bat Bot (berber bread baked in a pan)



Grace Estibero, 82, India: Chicken Vindaloo



Regina Lifumbo, 53, Malawi: Finkubala (caterpillar in tomato sauce)



Rosane Liborio, 54, Brazil: Garlic Prawns with Rice and Prawns Pirao



Susann Soresen, 81, Alaska: Moose Steak

P.S. Gabriele sat with these wonderful women and enjoyed all of the meals they cooked for him!

Lead photo: Marisa Batini, 80, Italy (the photographer’s grandmother): Swiss Chard & Ricotta Ravioli with Meat Sauce

All photos copyright ® Gabriele Galimberti