Here now is an exclusive preview of Peru: The Cookbook, the first English-language book from acclaimed Peruvian chef and international restaurateur Gastón Acurio. When Acurio first told Eater about the book two years ago, he said he wanted to share recipes that are "very easy to do, anywhere you are in the world, so you can have this Peruvian food culture in your house or as a reference when there's something you want to know — to put some Peruvian soul in any recipe."
While this comprehensive book might not be uniformly "easy" too cook from, Acurio and his publishers at Phaidon have certainly achieved their goal of creating the ultimate "reference." Over the course of 500 recipes, Peruvian classics like ceviche and anticuchos are explored in depth as are dishes that might be less familiar to American readers like chanfainita (beef lung stew), frejol colado (Peruvian bean pudding), plus dishes reflecting the influence of the Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine known as Nikkei. There's also an extensive drinks section, with recipes highlighting Chicha and Pisco. Here, have a look:
Peru: The Cookbook is published by Phaidon and hits shelves May 18. (Pre-order on Amazon)
Photography from Peru: The Cookbook (c) Andy Sewell, courtesy of Phaidon.