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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Gramma and Ginga: Sisters in the Kitchen relates the story of two feisty sisters, one born in 1914, the other in 1919, who became an online sensation in the 2010s when a YouTube video of the two caught the attention of millions around the world. Their appeal to the general population was the simple fact that they’re down-to-earth, real people who have lived a century’s worth of loving, caring, traveling, and, best of all, baking. What else would you expect from two genuine Italian ladies? Genevieve Musci and Arlene Bashnett add a little humor along with a dash of this and a pinch of that, and you have both food and entertainment like no other.
Genevieve Musci and Arlene Bashnett are the hilarious and down-to-earth, real-life sisters in the kitchen. Their book, Gramma and Ginga, is as much of a hit as their YouTube and Facebook live internet antics. Complete with photographs that document the years of living a good life, as well as engaging and often humorous captions, the book includes their wonderful collection of family recipes. There are also some cuss words, typical of their ability to speak frankly and with a profound sense of honesty. The recipes are well laid out, along with the side-bar commentary fans quickly came to expect from these two ladies. There’s the apple cake with the “Best Damn Sauce,” and sage advice from Ginga “not to go use any fake-ass lemon juice!” The biographies at the end allow the reader to get to know the sisters and their passion for living that inspired so much damn good food. An enjoyable read with a few more recipes to add to my growing collection.