Gastón Acurio and journalist launch new book on Peru’s lost traditional recipes


Gastón Acurio just announced “his return”: 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.

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“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



Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.