Take Two for August 12, 2013

Picture This: Documenting grandma's home cooking from around the world

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Carmen Alora, 70, from El Nido, Philippines, serving kinunot (shark in coconut soup).

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Neriman Mitrolari, 52, in Albania serving burekoep domate.

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Fifi Makhmer, 62, living in Cairo, Egypt, serving kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).

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Maria Luz Fedric, 53, from the Cayman Islands serving Honduran iguana with rice and beans.

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Marisa Batini, 80, from Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, serving swiss chard and ricotta ravioli with meat sauce.

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Regina Lifumbo, 53, living in Mchinji, Malawi, serving finkubala (caterpillar in tomato sauce)

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Laura Ronz Herrera, 81, from Veracruz, Mexico serving vegetarian tamal.

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Melanie Hill, 50, from American Fork, Utah, serving chocolate toffee trifle.


When Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti set off around the world to photograph his adventures couch surfing, his grandmother Marisa became worried.

"She said, 'Are you sure you're going to eat well when you're so far from home? You should stay here, I can cook for you,'" he said on Take Two. "I said, 'You know, grandma, I think I can find a lot of other grandmothers around the world and they probably cook well for me.'"

PHOTOS: See more pictures from Galimberti's series on AudioVision

As he journeyed from couch to couch, he asked his host to meet their grandmother and have her cook something special. He took a photo of each one, and it became part of his other series, "Delicatessen With Love," because that's the special ingredients all grandmothers add: love.

"My mother is a good cook and she tried to make the same ravioli as my grandmother," says Galimberti, "But the one my grandmother used to make is for sure much better."

While his own grandmother made that dish from scratch, he enjoyed watching Melanie Hill from Utah her own speciality, chocolate coffee trifle, all from boxes.

"It was fun the way she prepared because everything was already made. She took it out of packages and cans," he says, and loved it. "It was really good."

Meanwhile in Malawi, he had trouble stomaching the cuisine made my Regina Lifumbo: caterpillars.

"I tried just one bug. It wasn't really good, so I said to her, 'I'm sorry, I already had my lunch,'" he said.

Whether or not he could keep all his dishes down, Gabriele wrapped up his travel being a guest of 60 different grandmothers. His grandmother Marisa said she didn't believe the pictures of what he ate at first, but that was beside the point.

"She saw that I'm back home, I survived, I didn't lose weight, and she trusts that I was eating well," he said.

What's the special food that only your grandmother could make? Tell us in the comments.


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