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Grand Dishes

By Iska Lupton and Anastasia Miari

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

Food & drink | Lifestyle
173% funded
906 supporters

Publication date: 25 March 2021

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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.


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    Iska Lupton

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    Anastasia Miari

    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





  • Iska Lupton and Anastasia Miari have written 4 private updates. You can pledge to get access to them all.

    3rd December 2021 Give the gift of Grand Dishes this Christmas

    Happy advent one and all!

    Hoping you're all decking the halls with a mulled wine and feeling cosy and thankful for a lockdown free festive season.

    Thanks so much for supporting Grand Dishes, for backing the granny cause and for helping to seal and share these special ladies' recipes and life stories forever.

    If you loved Grand Dishes, I really hope you can grab a loved one a copy this…

    18th November 2021 Sweet Potato Casserole and Thanksgiving's Unsavoury Past...

    Have you ever heard of sweet potato casserole with marshmallow? Do you know what in the world Thanksgviing is all about? Do you have the ULTIMATE Turkey roasting hack?

    Answers in this episode of the Food Trippin' podcast by Grand Dishes.

    Tune into the latest episode of my new podcast, Food Trippin' for Thanksgiving at grandma Jan's, a Texan lady we visited whilst writing the Grand Dishes…

    27th October 2021 Our Great Granny Road trip in podcast form!

    Hello lovely Grand Dishes supporters! 

    It's been quite some time but I wanted to reach out with some exciting news! I'm launching a podcast that was made during mine and Iska's Great Granny Roadtrip to the USA and I would love to share it with you. 

    In Series 1 of 'Food Trippin', Iska and I hit the deep south of the USA to cook with 13 grandmothers. Along the way, we discover more about…


    Hi all,

    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 carrots

    25th 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.

    Timing update

    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

    Hi all,

    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…



    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

    Supporters! Hello!

    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…


    Lovely supporters,


    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)

    Hello all!

    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

    Quick one!

    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.

    Hi all!

    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 …


    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…


    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

    Hey all,

    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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    Hi. Could I ask what percentage, just very roughly, of the recipes are vegetarian, please?

    Anastasia Miari
    Anastasia Miari replied:

    Hi Anthony, Thanks for your question! Our photographer is actually vegetarian so we’re at about 50/50 at the moment. We like to let the grandmothers decide on the dish but we’re seeing quite a nice mix of dishes being chosen, from melon gazpacho to stuffed vegetables and fruit tarts! Very best, Anastasia

    k d
    k d asked:

    Hello, Lovely the book and the images shown here are beautiful. How long will it take to ship the book (i’m moving house in a month so don’t want the book going to the wrong place!) Thanks

    Anastasia Miari
    Anastasia Miari replied:

    Hi Karrish, That's really sweet thank you! This is a pre-order of the book so do please order to your new address! :) We're so excited you want to share in the granny cooking mission! Many thanks, Anastasia and Iska

    Ben Roebuck
    Ben Roebuck asked:

    Hi there Do you have an update on when you hope this project will be fully funded (based on the rate that pledges are being made?) Kind Regards, Ben

    Anastasia Miari
    Anastasia Miari replied:

    Hey Ben, Sorry for delayed response! Too much Xmas indulgence! Thanks so much for your Q. We are hoping to have completed by the end of the summer. We have 15 grannies scheduled in to cook with in 2019 and in the meantime, we’re adding excerpts online at Hoping you can hold on for us and spread the word far and wide to get us across the finish line sharpish! Very best, Anastasia + Iska

    Niccolo Montanari
    Niccolo Montanari asked:

    Hi there, do you ship to Germany?

    Unbound replied:

    We do indeed Niccolo. Just enter your address at checkout and shipping is calculated once we know where to send the book.

    Niccolo Montanari
    Niccolo Montanari asked:

    I tried, but it only gives me the UK as an option (I had already bought the book but my circumstanced have changed)

    Unbound replied:

    Hi Niccolo, We can fix this for you, please contact us via and we can give you a bespoke link to follow to upgrade your shipping address and pay any difference. Thanks, Unbounders.

    Jagienka Czarna
    Jagienka Czarna asked:

    Hi, I want to order another copy to send to my mum in spain do you have them in stock? Or would you need to reprint ? Anna

    Unbound replied:

    We do have plenty in stock - so do order through the Unbound site.