April 6, 2008

Peruvian Cuisine

"Peru can lay claim to one of the world's dozen or so great cuisines”.
The Economist, January of 2004.

Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the most diverse in the world as a consequence of Peru's several ecosystems that provide a wide assortment of ingredients and the influence that consecutive waves of immigrants (Spanish, African, French, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese, among others) have had on traditional pre-Inca and Inca cuisine.

“Take one part Incan and one part Spanish. Mix well. Add influences of African, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. What do you get? Peruvian”.
The Washington Post, May of 2006.

Thanks to the blend of the already rich Peruvian ancient heritage with that of different races and cultures, the Peruvian cuisine combines the flavors of four continents, yielding a big and eclectic variety of dishes that are in constant evolution. Because of this diversity, a comprehensive list of Peruvian dishes is extremely hard to compile in their entirety.

“This city of 8 million people is a focal point for a cuisine that has exploded in the United States, where Peruvian dishes have appeared in some of the most prestigious food magazines”.
USA TODAY, October of 2006.

During the last decade there has been an amazing blooming in Peruvian cuisine. The number of restaurants in Lima and the rest of Peru have multiplied several times not only in number but also in variety and quality. Now you can find world class restaurants offering criollo, seafood, chifa, nikkei, regional or ethnic, and novoandina dishes among many others. This incredible booming has surpassed expectations, as well as national borders and has spread into neighboring countries and into other continents where Peruvian cuisine is being recognised as one of the greatest in the world.

Can a nation that barbecues small rodents really have anything to offer the serious gastronome? Plenty, says James Doran. In fact, the imaginative cuisine is one of the best reasons to visit Peru.The Observer, April of 2008.

Because of its increasing economic importance and international prestige, Peruvian cuisine is considered as one of the flagship products of Peru, together with camelids alpaca and vicuña, pisco, maca, Pyma and Tangüis cotton, lúcuma, asparagus, coffee and Chulucanas pottery.