Inspired by my Greek granny’s delicious recipes, I set out four years ago with my friend and fellow cook Iska Lupton to write Grand Dishes, a book of recipes and stories collected from grandmothers around the world.
And we can now reveal some of the best foodie spots that have truly great grandmothers at the helm – keeping alive traditional local recipes that need to be tasted to be believed.
Enchanting: Rocca delle Tre Contrade, Sicily, where Nonna Dora runs the kitchen
To really appreciate Sicilian food, take the whole family to stay at this enchanting villa in a lemon grove, where you can meet Nonna Dora, who commands the kitchen. Try her aubergine caponata – a sweet-sour Sicilian classic served atop a crisp bruschetta that sings of summer.
Check in: £17,000 for one week for 24 guests (trecontrade.com).
Take the ferry to Staten Island to this well-loved local which boasts a kitchen manned only by grannies. Maral’s Azerbaijani Three Sisters dish is a standout – oven-baked peppers and aubergines filled with aromatic spiced lamb (enotecamaria.com).
Check in: Ace Hotel, £160 per room per night (acehotel…