It isn’t easy to sum up Peruvian food. It’s a cuisine known for its strength and variety of flavor combinations, with influences from many different cultures, including Spanish, African, European, and Chinese, giving way to bold, diverse dishes that may be new to many Americans. While Peruvian food may not have been a go-to cuisine in the past, that’s rapidly changing— in June, the restaurant Central in Lima, Peru, run by chef Virgilio Martinez, was named the best restaurant in all of South America, and sits at number four on the list of the world’s 50 best new restaurants. This fall, cookbook publishers are capitalizing on the cuisine’s rising popularity with new titles from Peruvian chefs.
Martinez, who also helps to run two Peruvian restaurants in London, is bringing his recipes to the home cook with Lima: The Cookbook (Mitchell Beazley) alongside Luciana Bianchi, to be released later this year on October 13.
Alison Starling, publisher of the London-based Octopus Publishing Group and acquiring editor forLima, said she was well aware of the fact that Peruvian food was becoming mainstream, which helped her in her decision to publish the book. “I was hearing trend forecasters in supermarkets predicting a sharp growth in sales of typical Peruvian superfood ingredients, as well as a rise in the number of good Peruvian restaurants opening up and proving popular in London,” she said.