Monday, September 04, 2006

Two New Peruvian Restaurant Guides

This has been a good season for guides about Peruvian food.

There are now two new Peruvian restaurant guides on the market, one published in Lima and the other in the US. One is a restaurant guide for Peru, mostly Lima, and the other is a type of Peruvian food compendium more geared to those visiting Peru.

Both are good news for all of us interested in this subject.

Peruvian food critic and journalist Marí­a Elena Cornejo, on her Libros y Notas blog, tells us about Guía Gastronómica del Perú: El Manual del Buen Comer (Gastronomical Guide to Peru: A Manual for Eating Well), just published in Lima by Comunica 2. Written by a team headed by María Rosa Arrarte, the bilingual English-Spanish guide lists 475 restaurants in Lima and other Peruvian cities. The guide includes five star palaces and hole-in-the-walls; its only concern is that they all be temples for great dining experiences. This guide is available at all the major bookstores in Lima. Cost: 30 soles (about $10).

Meanwhile, I heard from
Joan Peterson about her new guide published in the US by Ginkgo Press, geared both for travelers as well as others curious about Peruvian cuisine. Eat Smart in Peru : How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure by Peterson and Brook Soltvedt is part of the Eat Smart series she co-authors. On this culinary expedition to Peru, she tries to fill in all the blanks about Peruvian cuisine. The title pretty much says it all. The guide covers history, geography, flavors, shopping, resources, phrases, menus, and restaurants, all related to enhancing the culinary experience while in Peru. This guide is available at all retailers and internet booksellers. Cost: $13.95.

Click here for the Peru Food main page.

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

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