Thursday, September 07, 2006

Book: The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer

The Art of Peruvian Cuisine is a lavish celebration of Peruvian cooking.

Author Felipe Antonio Custer, who publishes under the name Tony Custer, is the Harvard-educated CEO of Peru's Corporación Custer, as well as a member of Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A leading Peruvian businessman, this grandson of a Swiss immigrant to Peru is also the founder of the Felipe Antonio Custer Foundation, which serves underprivileged children in Peru.

Photo of Felipe Antonio Custer from the Corporación Custer website.

How did this CEO end up authoring a book about Peruvian cuisine?

Apparently, one day a few years ago, Custer realized there was no such book available and he simply decided to write his own.

It is quite a lavish work. As other bloggers, like Kleph, have pointed out, this work has become one of the leading Peruvian cookbooks available in English, despite its steep cost. Yes, I've seen it in Lima bookshops, but the cost (about $200, last time I checked--although more affordable options can be found at major Internet booksellers) makes it one of those items you hope to receive for Christmas. The good news is that all proceeds benefit Custer's foundation, and its work on behalf of Peru's children.

Laden with 100 full-page, full-color photographs by Miguel Etchepare
, the book includes an overview of Peruvian cuisine, as well as recipes (some have complained the recipes can be complicated and require much background knowledge). Of course, for the cost (not to mention the weight) you probably don't want it to get splattered while cooking in the kitchen. At the very least, this imposing paean to Peruvian cookery will look good on anyone's coffee table.

The Felipe Antonio Custer Foundation has an excellent bilingual website where you can preview the book, and also view some of the recipes and photographs featured in this important work:

The Art of Peruvian Cooking

Click here for the Peru Food main page.

TAGS: Peru, Peruvian, food, cooking, cuisine, cocina, comida, gastronomía, peruana


Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

I agree that this is a beautiful book, Alejandro. One of my Peruvian cousins very kindly sent me the English version. It really represents the "novoandino" cuisine well. What do you think of "The Exotic Kitchens of Peru" by Copeland Marks?

::Alejandro:: said...


How lucky one of your cousins sent you the book. I'm afraid I'm unfamiliar with Copeland Marks book, but then again, I'm not a chef, just a fan.