Gaston Acurio publishes book of Peruvian recipes

By June 2, 2015

Celebrity chef Gaston Acurio has published a comprehensive cookbook in English about Peruvian cuisine.

“Peru: The Cookbook” is Acurio’s 400-page hardcover featuring over 500 recipes with chapters on ceviche, appetizers, street food, soups, rice, stir-fries and tacu tacus, stews, roasts, desserts and drinks. In addition to traditional plates like aji de gallina and papa a la huancaina, the book also includes over 20 varieties of ceviche and Acurio’s personal creations.

“When you get curious about Peruvian food, maybe you will be confused at the beginning. Because you will see dishes that maybe look sometimes Chinese, maybe sometimes European and maybe sometimes you don’t know where it comes from. So you need to understand Peru before getting inside Peruvian food,” Acurio said.

“You can get the very traditional recipes,” Acurio added. “But the most important thing is that you understand the recipe, not follow the recipe.”

The book was published by Phaidon Press and is available on for $32.69. According to the Publishers Weekly review, “In chef and restaurant owner Acurio’s first foray into English‐language cookbooks, the cuisine of Peru shines … this is a treasure chest of Peruvian cuisine.”

Gaston Acurio owns over 40 restaurants in Latin America, the United States and Spain. His Astrid y Gaston restaurant in Lima was recently ranked #14 in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants academy. Acurio is the star of the La Aventura Culinaria reality cooking television show which airs in Peru on Plus TV.

Watch a trailer for the book below.


Peru: The Cookbook (Amazon)

Peru: The Cookbook (Phaidon Press)

Gastón Acurio invita a descubrir Perú a través de 500 recetas (El Comercio)

Peru: The Cookbook | Gastón Acurio (YouTube)

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants (Restaurant)

A Tome For Peruvian Food, By Its Most Acclaimed Ambassador (NPR)