Cookbook giveaway - Peru: the Cookbook

Peru: The CookbookPeru's most famous and popular chef, Gastón Acurio, is sharing his love for Peruvian cuisine with an expansive new book, Peru: The Cookbook, which features nearly 500 traditional recipes,

One of the world's most innovative and flavorful cuisines, Peruvian food has been consistently heralded by chefs and media around the world as the "next big thing." Learn more about the cuisine by reading an excerpt from the cookbook. And don't forget that Phaidon is offering EYB members 40% off all their cookbooks until the end of June.

Acurio guides cooks through the full range of Peru's vibrant cuisine from popular classics like quinoa and ceviche, and lomo saltado to lesser known dishes like amaranth and aji amarillo.

We're delighted to offer 5 copies of the cookbook to EYB Members. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

Which Peruvian subculture of food (nikkei, chifa, Creole, Peruvian-Italian) or traditional Peruvian dish most interests you?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry won't be counted. The contest ends July 17, 2015.


  • ravensfan  on  6/19/2015 at 12:56 PM

    The Creole subculture of food interests me the most.

  • wester  on  6/19/2015 at 1:08 PM

    The very fact that I don't know anything about most of the food in this book makes it interesting to me. But I am definitely going to try a few of the ceviches.

  • hillsboroks  on  6/19/2015 at 1:58 PM

    I love making causas for appetizers for people who have never had Peruvian food.

  • Rinshin  on  6/19/2015 at 2:03 PM

    I love all the nikkei offerings. Some of my favs are Peruvian.

  • nicolepellegrini  on  6/19/2015 at 3:43 PM

    After dining in a few Peruvian restaurants here in New Jersey I am very interested in learning more about the cuisine (a Peruvian cookbook has in fact been on the top of my wish list for some time). I love the ceviches in the restaurants, but always wonder if I can source the best quality fish to prepare them. So I am probably most interested in learning about the anticucho recipes, as so many of them involve organ meats, which I love.

  • vinochic  on  6/19/2015 at 5:55 PM

    I don't know much about Peruvian cooking at all--it all interests me!

  • AGENT99  on  6/19/2015 at 6:37 PM

    I'd love to try something Chifa

  • southerncooker  on  6/19/2015 at 8:52 PM

    Had the pleasure of eating at a couple of Peruvian restaurants while in California. Never tried any recipes though so I'd love to learn how to make some of the dishes we enjoyed at the restaurant.

  • lsgourmet  on  6/19/2015 at 11:48 PM

    I'm most interested in Chifa as I have been treated to two meals at a Chifa restaurant in New Jersey and found the food dynamic! I loved the blend of Chinese and Latino cuisine.

  • trudys_person  on  6/20/2015 at 12:01 AM

    I've never had any Peruvian food, so I'm interested in everything! Thank you!

  • Titch  on  6/20/2015 at 5:16 AM

    traditional Peruvian dish's interest me the most xxx

  • jyms  on  6/20/2015 at 6:36 AM


  • SilverSage  on  6/20/2015 at 6:57 AM

    I'm really interested in Creole - the blending of Africa & South America.

  • atticusfinch1048  on  6/20/2015 at 8:29 AM

    love to make traditional food

  • kedmiston  on  6/20/2015 at 9:28 AM

    I would love to learn about all of them! The Creole and the Peruvian-Italian really interest me. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • pandapotamus  on  6/20/2015 at 11:48 AM


  • tenb  on  6/20/2015 at 12:33 PM

    I'd try Nikkei and Creole first, as I grew up on the Gulf Coast with its Creole influence & DH grew up in Japan and Texas, so our home cooking is a mixture of many cuisines. But I'd really love to try them all. Thanks for the great contest.

  • sgump  on  6/20/2015 at 2:35 PM

    For me, having lived in Japan for a spell, the Nikkei "subculture" is where I'd start--but I'd enjoy learning about the other influences, as well. Exciting!

  • MangerTout  on  6/20/2015 at 3:20 PM

    I have not ever had any Peruvian food. I look forward to trying some of these recipes.

  • kalex426  on  6/20/2015 at 5:01 PM

    While I'd love to try it all I think the subculture cuisine I'd like to start with is Peruvian-Italian because the cultures seems so different from one another it would interesting to see how they meld.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  6/21/2015 at 11:48 AM

    I am interested in Creole.

  • termite  on  6/21/2015 at 2:18 PM


  • Larkspur  on  6/21/2015 at 2:32 PM

    All sound good, but I am married to an Italian, so Peruvian-Italian would probably be the best place to start

  • Zosia  on  6/21/2015 at 3:17 PM

    Peruvian-Italian is of most interest to me.

  • nicki.williams  on  6/21/2015 at 6:04 PM

    I love the freshness of Japanese food and it seems that it would merge well with the fresh flavours of Peruvian dishes such as cerviche so I am quite interested in the nikkei cuisine.

  • robinorig  on  6/21/2015 at 11:48 PM

    I think I'm most interested in the nikkei & the Italian-Perivian but really interested in knowing about all of the different influences. I've eaten at a Peruvian restaurant a few times but really haven't tried cooking anything yet. I'm looking forward to reading through and coming from this cookbook!

  • NikkiPixie  on  6/22/2015 at 3:59 AM

    I have absolutely no idea, but I'd love to find out!!

  • jammydodger  on  6/22/2015 at 4:15 AM

    I don't really know anything about Peruvian food yet, so I'd have to say 'all of it'.

  • pitterpat4  on  6/22/2015 at 7:53 AM

    I would love to learn about any Peruvian food.

  • nzeff  on  6/22/2015 at 1:56 PM

    I'm interested in them all. I love trying new foods.

  • knitgirl86  on  6/22/2015 at 2:39 PM

    I'm interested in all aspects of Peruvian food, but the nikkei is probably the most fascinating. I've been experimenting with Japanese cooking, so this is a nice fusion.

  • bfg67  on  6/22/2015 at 4:18 PM


  • teslaca  on  6/22/2015 at 5:39 PM

    I'd like to learn more about tiraditos and how they differ from similar preparations in other cuisines.

  • Billyjean  on  6/22/2015 at 5:46 PM

    I'm fascinated by creole

  • rchesser  on  6/22/2015 at 5:47 PM

    I am definitely interested in their ceviches.

  • Shana.  on  6/22/2015 at 5:59 PM

    I do not know a lot about Peruvian food, that is why this book would be so educational and fun to read and work with!

  • Sara  on  6/22/2015 at 6:11 PM

    I have never tried Peruvian food, but I am eager to learn all about it!

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  6/22/2015 at 6:46 PM

    traditional Peruvian and go from there.

  • jaxmiller  on  6/22/2015 at 7:27 PM

    I love Creole inspired food - love the taste, the spices and the way it brings people together

  • angelanorr  on  6/22/2015 at 7:35 PM

    I'm brand new to Peruvian food...this book would be a new education for me.

  • jarkens  on  6/22/2015 at 8:22 PM

    Creole is the only familiar one. Love Phaidon cookbooks and own a few of them.

  • Sandyismum  on  6/22/2015 at 8:25 PM

    I love the sound of nikkei ... what a fantastic combination of cultures and cuisines... yum ! Hats off to Konishi ! I also love the differences of Peruvian-Italian... Creole cuisine has again so many different flavours yet as enticing as ever. Such a hard decision.. I so look forward to cooking with this wonderful book in my kitchen... YUMMY... :)

  • Carpecookie  on  6/22/2015 at 9:20 PM


  • Deneenm  on  6/22/2015 at 9:41 PM

    I don't know a thing about Peruvian cooking - would be wonderful to learn

  • percussion03  on  6/22/2015 at 10:15 PM

    I would love to learn more, because I don't know anything about Peruvian food!

  • dmkxr9  on  6/22/2015 at 10:34 PM

    Always wanted to go to Peru, this book would add to the desire I'm sure

  • sbh2006  on  6/22/2015 at 10:50 PM

    I'm interested in Nikkei cuisine (including the upcoming cookbook) as well as my first experience with Peruvian food, "A Russian Jew Cooks in Peru."

  • Ambrosia  on  6/22/2015 at 11:35 PM

    I can't remember the name of this dish I used to have in a Peruvian restaurant that has since shut down. It was in the shape of an ostrich egg made out of mashed potatoes with a mixture of beef, raisins, a hard-boiled egg, and other ingredients inside. I would love o find the recipe.

  • cambridgecook  on  6/22/2015 at 11:38 PM


  • llgregg  on  6/23/2015 at 12:14 AM

    With all those mini climates, the basic ingredients must be dazzling. I would like to try Peruvian food first, then try the mingled cuisines.

  • contest718  on  6/23/2015 at 1:58 AM

    I would love a good recipe for peruvian arroz con pollo. there are so many variations of this dish and it is wonderful to eat in many different ways.

  • dna  on  6/23/2015 at 4:00 AM

    I can't pick one, because I don't know enough about Peruvian cuisine and am interested in learning about all of them!

  • msdmso  on  6/23/2015 at 4:29 AM

    Curious about chifa!

  • debm  on  6/23/2015 at 4:44 AM

    Probably the peruvian-italian - although I don't really know anything about Peruvian food, so it is all interesting.

  • Fabia  on  6/23/2015 at 6:21 AM

    I would love to try some of the recipes inspired by Creole cooking.

  • nadiam1000  on  6/23/2015 at 7:22 AM

    I would like to learn more about traditional Peruvian food - I know Ceviche and I love Peruvian Chicken and yuca fries but there is so much more to discover.

  • CharmianC  on  6/23/2015 at 9:16 AM

    I admit to total ignorance regarding Peruvian cuisine. So I guess all areas interest me! Thanks for this chance.

  • elenajh  on  6/23/2015 at 10:15 AM

    No idea, but they all sound good!

  • thecharlah  on  6/23/2015 at 11:38 AM

    Nikkei - I'm curious to see what the Japanese influence brings!

  • skinnelly  on  6/23/2015 at 11:51 AM

    Chifa interests me the most.

  • lils74  on  6/23/2015 at 1:36 PM

    Both the Nikkei and the Italian-Peruvian are fascinating to me, as Italian and Japanese cuisine are both close to my heart.

  • chawkins  on  6/23/2015 at 4:59 PM

    I'm interested in all as I know nothing about any of them.

  • echilt5  on  6/23/2015 at 10:57 PM

    I don't know anything about Peruvian cooking so it is all interesting to me.

  • Analyze  on  6/24/2015 at 7:50 AM


  • ae.bell  on  6/24/2015 at 9:16 AM


  • rahiscock  on  6/25/2015 at 4:24 AM

    Peruvian-Italian sounds intriguing - I want to know more!

  • t.t  on  6/25/2015 at 7:47 PM

    I don't know much about Peruvian cooking, but nikkei sounds interesting.

  • NancyLynn  on  6/26/2015 at 1:00 AM

    Would love to learn a little bit about Peru.

  • annahsgram  on  6/26/2015 at 8:01 AM


  • JamieK  on  6/26/2015 at 8:37 AM

    Would love to read about the history of their food.

  • Julia  on  6/26/2015 at 10:59 AM

    I love the Creole and Italian influences but would love to learn more about the cuisine and culture.

  • matag  on  6/26/2015 at 8:51 PM

    I need to learn about ALL of them!

  • tinaellen  on  6/26/2015 at 10:35 PM


  • Katiefayhutson  on  6/26/2015 at 11:40 PM

    Sounds interesting.

  • GillB  on  6/27/2015 at 4:45 PM


  • JoanN  on  6/27/2015 at 5:11 PM

    Pollo a la Brasa.

  • MotherDaniel  on  6/27/2015 at 6:47 PM

    Creole and Peruvian-Italian. Sadly, the only sampling Peruvian cusine I have enjoyed has been chicha morada, which I make at home whenever I can locate dried-on-the-cob blue corn.

  • dbielick  on  6/27/2015 at 6:58 PM


  • pgarcia  on  6/28/2015 at 11:46 AM

    I don't know much about Peruvian food. I would love to explore!

  • Sally  on  6/28/2015 at 1:27 PM


  • love2chow  on  6/28/2015 at 3:52 PM

    Traditional Peruvian - potatoes, guinea pig, salsas - as a first step. Then I can better understand the continued fusions with chinese, japanese, italian and creole influences.

  • ballen  on  6/29/2015 at 8:04 AM


  • onebirdtwobird  on  6/29/2015 at 8:57 AM

    chifa! :)

  • sillyvy  on  6/29/2015 at 10:09 PM

    Definitely chifa

  • VanessaHatfield  on  6/30/2015 at 8:21 AM

    I love Peruvian Ceviche because I love lime! It is my favourite thing to eat!

  • JuneHawk  on  6/30/2015 at 12:58 PM

    I'd love to have this one in my collection!

  • Lizwizz  on  6/30/2015 at 4:01 PM

    I would like to learn more about Peruvian cooking and share this with my friends.

  • rychepet  on  6/30/2015 at 10:40 PM

    I'm not familiar with any except Creole so would love to learn more about all of them!

  • sharifah  on  7/2/2015 at 2:42 PM


  • Siegal  on  7/3/2015 at 10:45 AM


  • bopper  on  7/5/2015 at 4:48 PM

    Creole interests me most

  • Biffo  on  7/6/2015 at 12:16 AM

    The only one I know anything about is Creole, so it would be fantastic to learn more about others. Thanks.

  • slimmer  on  7/6/2015 at 10:21 AM

    Peru is quite a melting pot! I'd like to start with traditional Peruvian cuisine, because it seems to inform all the other fusion cuisines.

  • TheSpicedLife  on  7/8/2015 at 7:49 PM

    All of it! I would love to learn about all of it!

  • Nancith  on  7/10/2015 at 6:35 PM

    Peruvian-Italian sounds intriguing!

  • JuneHawk  on  7/13/2015 at 10:06 PM


  • Schlauberger  on  7/14/2015 at 3:13 PM

    I'd like to learn more about traditional dishes,

  • linz  on  7/14/2015 at 8:37 PM

    Favorite sub-culture is street food - all things stuffed - buns, empanadas, potatoes - whatever. But for the favorite Peruvian dish it has to be the Tacu Tacu and the spectacular flavor of the Canary Beans.

  • Mimmi  on  7/15/2015 at 9:16 AM

    I love Creole and would like to learn the others as well.

  • sheridarby  on  7/15/2015 at 2:32 PM


  • Motty73  on  7/17/2015 at 7:30 AM

    Creole looks the most exciting!

  • eildoncook  on  7/17/2015 at 10:32 AM

    Nikkei, what a great fusion

  • Eloy7  on  7/17/2015 at 10:55 AM

    Chifa is an extraordinaire cuisine, with so many flavors!

  • worstkeptsecret  on  7/17/2015 at 3:03 PM

    Creole very much interests me :)

  • Allegra  on  7/17/2015 at 9:05 PM

    Chifa sounds swell, but they all do...

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