Gastón Acurio just announced “his return”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-gaston-acurio-to-return-to-astrid-gaston-108523 to the kitchen at his world-renowned restaurant Astrid & Gastón. But that’s not all he’s got up his sleeve.
Together with the journalist Javier Masias, the team have launched a book that seeks to bring back to life the long lost and forgotten recipes of Lima.
Bitute: The Flavor of Lima is a mix of history, anthropology and food all in one.
“The tradition of today was the innovation of yesterday,” said Acurio in El Comercio, as he imagined the face of the person who tried aji de gallina for the first time.
The Peruvian chef emphasizes that “tradition is not to conserve intact what we have inherited,” but instead, the book proposes to breathe in the time of each of the recipes.
In addition to recipes, the book includes historical context of Lima’s gastronomic traditions and how women played an essential role in forming it.
‘Bitute: The Flavor of Lima’ was published yesterday on Lima’s anniversary, by Latino Publicaciones and is on sale for US$ 52 at the Ibero Librerias bookstore in the Lima airpor