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.
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 - Judit, born into extremely humble beginnings, put to work from the age of 8, a single mother at 19...through sheer determination and hard work she worked her way up to becoming the Hungarian President's secretary during the Communist regime. In addition to being a career woman and an excellent cook, she was one of the first women to gain 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
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…
These people are helping to fund Grand Dishes.