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Lima The Cookbook
BY VIRGILIO MARTINEZ
For the past several years, Peruvian cuisine has been enjoying a well-deserved moment on the international stage. Many factors contribute to the allure: The bold flavors and exotic, Amazonian ingredients; the unexpected fusions, thanks to a long and unique immigration history; and not least of all, the creative genius of chefs like Gastón Acurio and Virgilio Martinez. But in the English-speaking world at least, most of us still know very little about what Peruvian people cook at home, let alone how to prepare such dishes in our own kitchens. With his first cookbook, industry darling Virgilio Martinez (of the city's famed Central restaurant) aims to change that. Focusing on Lima, “the gastronomic heart of Peru,” Martinez shares recipes inspired by traditional flavors but designed for the modern, international cook. From addictive snacks like plantain and sweet potato chips to refreshing dishes like scallop and tomato ceviche to rustic comfort foods such as pastel de choclo (a sweet-savory corn and beef casserole), the recipes are approachable and straightforward. The design and photographs throughout tend to be more off-putting than enticing, but that’s a small price to pay for favorite recipes from the number four–rated chef in the world. —Cory Baldwin
Lima the Cookbook: Peruvian Home Cooking (Mitchell Beazley); $22 at amazon.com.