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A cookbook of time-perfected recipes and stories from wise and witty grandmothers across the globe

Grand Dishes is not a book about being old, it’s a book about what it’s like to have lived. It’s a cookbook that preserves; an interaction between generations, a sharing of stories most powerfully told through the recipes that have seasoned these grandmothers’ lives.

Grand Plan:

We are on a mission to capture cooking techniques, recipes and anecdotes from inspiring grandmothers. Grand Dishes is inspired by our own grandmothers; Anastasia’s is Greek and Iska’s is German. Both are equally strong and stoic. Their love is shared through the food they serve. We believe that there’s no food quite like the time-perfected dish of a grandmother.


What you’ll get:

A coffee table-worthy cookbook rich with stories, elegant portraiture and diverse recipes from 30 women. Each recipe is easily recreated at home and there’s room for your own grandmothers’ dish and story at the back of the book.

Grand Dishes dedicates four pages to each grandmother: a portrait, her story, the recipe and an image of the dish. This is not just a compendium of dishes, it’s a selection of stories and techniques that are completely unique to a region, a grandmother and her family.


A selection of who you’ll meet...


Anastasia
- A Greek corfiot Granny who never learned to read or write but has been cooking on an open flame, planting by the moon’s cycle and filleting fish since she was 11 years old.

Cooking up flame-charred seabass, skordalia dip and Greek salad


Margit
- A German violinist forced to flee her hometown aged 9 during the Nazi occupation. After too much spaghetti Bolognese and a German lover at music college she finally reconnected with the schnitzel of her heritage.

Cooking up Schnitzel and ‘granny’ carrots


Judit
- A Hungarian powerhouse who went on to become the first ever woman to fly a plane and obtain a pilot’s license.


Chainsaw Jenny
- A British grandmother built of sterner stuff. She wields a chainsaw in between baking seriously delectable desserts. Masterchef Judge and food critic William Sitwell recommended her: trust him on this one.

Cooking up a traditional Queen of Puddings


Nicole Cointreau
- Married to the heir of the Cointreau alcohol empire, beautiful Nicole divulges the key to her happy marriage with the husband she met aged just 17.

Cooking up a Cointreau orange tart, of course


Tigger
- A Hackney gran with 16 grandkids who spent many years in Africa with her doctor husband. Despite “only being a doctor’s wife”, Tigger manned the land rover and delivered Iodine capsules to over 400,000 people suffering from goitres during her time in Africa. 

Cooking up African peanut chicken curry


Clara Maria Gonzales de Amezua
- Spanish TV personality and chef and food historian who tells the secrets and histories of traditional Spanish cuisine.

Cooking up her favourite tapas bites.

 

Photography: Ella Sullivan, Issy Croker

GRAND DISHES is a collaboration between friends Anastasia and Iska.

Anastasia is a freelance writer whose work spans fashion magazine editorial and copy for fashion brands to travel features for a range of publications from The Telegraph to EasyJet Traveller magazine. Iska works as a creative producer, creating multi-sensory food experiences across the globe and styling food for various brands and publications. 

We met as Drama and English students when dinner meant peas and pesto, and have cooked and collaborated together ever since. Our dishes have become slightly more ambitious since then, but our passion for connecting people and sharing stories is ever strong.

Follow them on Instagram at @GrandDishes, @Anastasia_Miari, and @IskaLupton.

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