By Iska Lupton and Anastasia Miari
A cookbook of time-perfected recipes and stories from wise and witty grandmothers across the globe
Publication date: 25 March 2021Buy
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This is not a book about what it’s like to be old. It’s about what it’s like to have lived.
There is no food quite like a grandmother’s time-perfected dish. Inspired by their own grandmothers – and the love they shared through the food they served – Anastasia Miari and Iska Lupton embarked on a mission: from Corfu to Cuba, Moscow to New Orleans, and many more in between, they set out to capture cooking methods, regional recipes and timeless wisdom from grandmothers around the world.
The result is Grand Dishes, a journey across four years of cooking with the world’s grandmothers, a preservation not just of recipes but of the stories – told through the dishes – that have seasoned these grandmothers’ lives. Featured alongside are contributions from celebrated chefs and food writers, each with their own grandmother’s recipe to share.
Rich with the insight that age brings, elegant portraits, diverse recipes, and techniques unique to a region, a grandmother and her family, this is a book to pass down through generations.
Based between Athens and London, journalist Anastasia Miari freelances for the Independent, the Guardian, the Telegraph and Monocle in the UK as well as The New York Times and the National further afield. Her travel- and food-focused stories – usually character-driven – also feature in Lonely Planet, Suitcase magazine and Soho House’s House Notes magazine. Her first book, the Wallpaper Guide to Athens, was published by Phaidon in 2020 and her work spans beyond the written word to radio, podcasts and the occasional short film made with co-author Iska Lupton. @Anastasia_Miari
Iska Lupton is a creative director whose work focuses on food. From styling and writing to short films and events, she uses food as a medium for storytelling and entertainment. Iska runs a small agency designing multi sensory experiences for brands such as Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Airbnb and Nike. @IskaLupton
- 20th April 2021 A GRAND THANKS AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REVIEW GRAND DISHES!
Thank you so, so much for pledging your support to the Grand Dishes project. We're so pleased with the reception we've had and incredibly grateful to everyone who supported us on Unbound. Getting this book out there has not been easy but we're so glad that our grannies are in the world and on bookshelves now!
We have one last favour to ask of you!!
Please, please, please…24th December 2020 Grand Wishes from Grand Dishes
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year (fingers crossed for 2021!)
Thank you all so much for supporting the granny cause.
Wishing you the best this year and dropping our favourite granny carrots recipe below, which features on Iska's Christmas eve menu every year.
All our love,
Iska & Anastasia
Iska's Lally's Granny carrots25th November 2020 Grand Dishes T-shirts - available now for kids!
Sorry for the gran spam but this one's a quickie...
After a number of you contacted us for our 'Grannies are cool' and 'My granny cooks better than yours' t-shirts for children, we spoke to our 'guy' and from today, we also have the Tees in kids' sizes too.
Here is the link to our shop. We hope grandchildren, grannies and everyone else in between can enjoy our embroidered T-shirts in time…24th November 2020 The Grand Dishes Christmas Shop 2.0
Hello again, supporters.
A further update on The Grand Dishes Shop.
We've had a few requests for childrens' T-shirts to be added. A great idea and we can make it happen. We will have these up here by the end of play tomorrow.
Here is an updated link to explore the 10 selected prints and their backstory, with a link to shop.
Please place…24th November 2020 The Grand Dishes Christmas Shop
Hello, granny supporters. We hope that you're well.
Here's a note to say that we have opened The Grand Dishes Shop just in time for Christmas.
Spread and share in the granny love with one of our embroidered T-shirts or a beautiful art print from our collection of film photography.
Our "Grannies are cool" or "My granny cooks better than yours" white cotton T-shirts are…9th April 2020 GRANNY LOVE - from a distance
Just a note from us to say we hope you're all well in these 'strange times' and again, thanks so much for buying yourself a copy of Grand Dishes. While we wait for our editorial and design team to do their magic in getting the book to you, we're posting a lot of lockdown relief on our instagram. Hope you can follow and enjoy our granny LOLs as much as we do...
Second to that…2nd April 2020 Grand Dishes in the Making
Hello from a distance!!
Sorry we've been quiet. If you've been following on instagram, you'll know we haven't been MIA but rather, on our final, intense granny missions for the book.
November and December we were lucky enough to be sponsored by Hertz and Brand USA on our Great Granny Road Trip across the USA. We crossed from New York to North Carolina, into Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana…24th December 2019 Happy Christmas from Grand Dishes
What a year it has been! With a final burst of energy and pledges earlier this year, we were finally funded.
THANK YOU for your support and all the granny love, we could not be doing this without you. Special thanks also goes out to the amazing list of foodies that have given us their grandmas’ recipes for the book, including Anna Jones, Maria Elia, Tomos Parry and John Chantarasak and to…26th September 2019 THANK YOU ALL FOR FUNDING GRAND DISHES
GOOD MORNING ONE AND ALL!
What a fine day it is to announce that we have FINALLY hit 100% in our granny cookbook crowdfund and will have these grannies on the bookshelves (officially!) and through your letter boxes as soon as we possibly can.
We have a couple of granny missions to head out on before the book is complete but as you have probably gathered from our collection of granny life…12th September 2019 TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS FINALISTS!
Hi lovely Grand Dishes supporters - sorry we've been quiet a while!
Lots of exciting developments have been happening our end. This summer we visited grandmothers in Cuba - women who lived through Che and Fidel's REVOLUCION. Juana Maria's interview and recipe is actually live on the website now, should you want to read about what it's like to live on rations and cook for a family in modern…18th July 2019 Grand Dishes on BBC Radio 4 Food Programme
Hello lovely supporters!
We're very excited to announce that this Sunday, 21 July 2019, we will be featured on the Radio 4 Food Programme. Tune in at 12:30pm this Sunday or again at 3:30pm Monday to catch our cooking session with Colombian granny Gloria. The Food Programme came to cook with us and experience what we do on our granny missions. Now you can share in a little of the kitchen action…3rd June 2019 Lessons in love from Colombian Abuela Gloria
Sorry we've been quiet a while - we've been busy travelling to far off lands on our granny mission. Just in two months we've covered Russia, Israel and Cuba, cooking with grandmothers and devouring their lessons on love and life.
We do have an update though! Granny Gloria from Colombia and her delicious, soul-warming ajiaco (chicken soup packed with flavour) is now live on…13th February 2019 Love Lessons from Grannies for Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day from us and all our lovely grandmothers. Here's a few of our favourite love lessons from grandmothers of the world. Read in full in the Grand Dishes book, now funding on Unbounders.
Lally, 91, Exeter
I never thought about marriage and I was always ready to say no but marrying Michael was the right decision when it happened in 1954. We were in some pub in Leicester when…22nd December 2018 MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM GRAND DISHES!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING PART OF THE GRAND DISHES BOOK PROJECT THIS YEAR!
What a year it's been. We won a Guild of Food Writers award, had an article in Observer Food magazine and were on BBC Radio's Woman's Hour !
We would love to ask for your help this Christmas by sharing our project and asking your friends to pre-order their copy of the book! We are crowdfunding…20th August 2018 Grand Dishes in The Observer Food Monthly (and a TINY favour)
Thank you so, so much to those of you who have JUST pledged after reading our feature in the Observer Food Monthly magazine on 19 August. We are oh-so very pleased with the feature and for the amazing feedback we have had off the back of it. To those who haven't read it - here it is!
We are on a MAJOR funding push and wanted to ask a little favour...
Please could each of you…26th July 2018 Abuela Clara Maria - Recipe and Story Live on our Website
We'd love to keep you up to date with the various grandmothers we're cooking with - so we're adding excerpts of our book to our (award-winning!) website.
Last month we had the pleasure of cooking with Clara Maria, the gran-dame of Spanish gastronomy (friends with both Elizabeth David and Julia Childs), who welcomed us into her home and kitchen.
Here she is. We hope you enjoy…2nd July 2018 Sharing is Caring - only 600 more to go.
We would really like to engage you in a mini mission for us!
We need just 600 more people to each buy a book to hit our target. We were hoping that you might help us on our granny mission, and personally email X 5 people each - informing them of what we're doing and pasting the link to our crowdfunding page in the email.
We're finding our pledges are coming through direct emails…23rd June 2018 Award Winning Writers!
Hello granny supporters,
We're just about coming down off our win this week - we have just been announced as winners of the Guild of Food Writers Award for Best Blog, joining big names in the foodie world like Meera Sodha, Anna Jones and Dan Saladino to win this year.
Comments from the judges:
"A fantastically original idea, beautifully illustrated by pictures of people and food from all…24th May 2018 Keep in touch with us?
Hi lovely Grand Dishes supporters! We'd love to keep in touch with you and in light of the new GDPR rules and regulations on email send-outs, we're asking that you please sign up to hear more on our granny antics.
We are starting a monthly mail-out with recipes, news and anecdotes from the grandmothers we cook with. We'd love to be able to keep in touch and send you these updates.
Please do …21st May 2018 GRAND DISHES HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR A GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS AWARD
What are they so happy about?
Grand Dishes has been shortlisted for an award in the prestigious Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018, to be announced on June 18 at Opera Holland Park in London.
We've been shortlisted alongside huge foodie names we've long-admired like Meera Sodha, Felicity Cloake, Diana Henry, Nuno Mendes and Anna Jones - a huge achievement in itself!
Obviously, we have…9th May 2018 THE GREAT GRAND DISHES EXHIBITION
Hello Grand Dishes supporters!
We're thrilled to announce that tomorrow is the launch date of the Grand Dishes exhibition as part of Leeds Indie Food Festival. If you're in and around Yorkshire in the next month, we hope you can come along and see our handy work.
Running 10 May - 10 June 2018
The Gallery at Munro House
Grand Dishes has this month teamed up with Leeds Indie Food…30th March 2018 Grand Dishes Website LIVE
Grand Dishes supporters!
We have launched our website so that you can now see beautiful photography of our grandmothers and their stories as we continue to make Grand Dishes.
This summer we're excited to be cooking with two grandmothers in Spain (one of which is a TV chef out there!) another in Croatia, a Georgian grandmother and an Eritrean granny. We really want to be able to share…19th February 2018 Grand Dishes International Women's Day Dinner
Grand Dishes supporters! We would love to invite you to a great, grand feast...
We have been busy cooking up an event for International Women's Day on 8 March, celebrating the power of women and storytelling through food. Teaming up with Feisty Feast, we'll be gathering wonderful women around an elegant banquet table for a night of storytelling, live poetry, life drawing and of course, a Grand…7th November 2017 Grand Dishes on Nowness
It's true, we have been a little off the radar recently, but for good reason. We've been busy pulling together a short film for Grand Dishes for the leading video screening platform, Nowness.
This summer, we set out to shoot Yiayia - my Greek grandmother and the inspiration behind Grand Dishes - going about her daily routine. So much of her day is focused on food, from setting off for…
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