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Esteem to the Grandmas and their Cuisine from around the World

Grandmothers and their cuisineIf grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips.

To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.

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Cooking as path to a better life

Probation youths can mark their time behind a concrete wall topped with barbed wire  – or for the lucky few they can learn a new skill by taking culinary classes. At Camp Gonzalez in Calabasas, CA probationers can learn culinary arts supervised by their prison guards.

Teenage boys who formerly couldn’t distinguish between a ladle and a serving spoon now prepare gourmet recipes like bacon-wrapped dates and chocolate mousse.  For these young men, there is no longer a resolute opinion that cooking is “just for girls”.

Alexis Higgins, a chef at Los Angeles Mission College has taught 50 probationers that cooking skills offers a path to a better life.  One of her former students was even accepted at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena.

This is an admirable program to give esteem toward these teenage boys while they grow their self-esteem through successful cooking.


Cooking Peace Builders

There are many ways to make peace between two factions.  Making pastry is definitely one of the most unusual ways.

Instead of hurling insults, a group of Parisiane Jews and Muslims that call themselves Peace Builders  get together and make pastry.

An old saying goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.  These women are taking the first little step.  They say that they don’t want to solve a conflict but to “block the transfer of conflict into France”.

The Peace Builders was created in 2002 by Annie-Paule Derczansky.  Their monthly pastry workshop is only one of many activities and might make them sound like a cooking club.  In reality they are also active in sponsoring culture sharing programs.

Peace starts with a first little step.  These women realize what esteem is about: mutual acknowledgment, being culturally active and having fun together.