Peruvian Cuisine

Peru’s Great Banquet: Chowing Down At Lima’s Mistura

“¡Oye, maestro, más chancho rapidito!” The cook’s face gleams with sweat as he barks the order to the runner hauling slabs of raw pork to the grill. Spicy smoke rises from the coals, blackening the awning. The line cooks scramble to dish up plates of salad to await the chancho al palo (pork on a […]

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Letting Them Eat Cebiche: The Art Of Gastón Acurio

A chef for president?  Don’t laugh: in Peru, it could really happen. Citizens of the Andean nation take food—and those who prepare it—very seriously.  Last year, when rumors began circulating that Gastón Acurio, the country’s superstar cuisinier, might run for the country’s top political office, there was a media explosion.  Frenetic foodies began calling Acurio’s […]

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In Praise Of Peru’s Humble Tuber

Think you know potatoes? Wander into any market in Peru and try to count the different types of potato on offer.  There are small black ones, yellow lumpy ones, long thin striped ones, some that look like pine cones, some that look like a bunch of black grapes.  And every single one has its own […]

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The Great Peruvian Menu

With its varied regional cuisines and incredibly diverse array of platos típicos, Peru is a foodie’s paradise. El Comercio, the country’s chief newspaper, reports that nearly 40 percent of visitors to the South American nation come for the food alone, so that there’s no shortage of gastronomic festivals or tours for those hoping to sample […]

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