Humans of Mistura: What Makes Peruvian Food Good, Part I

My Quest to Learn What Makes Peruvian Food Good I spent five days on a quest, trying to figure out what makes Peruvian food so good. There is probably no better to place to find people who are interested in Peruvian food than Mistura. I talked to dozens of people, asking them about their favorite foods. While it was interesting just hearing…

Mistura in the Making: Salamanto Presents Solterito

After a day of exploring Mistura together with him and his friends, Chef Paúl Perea invited me to join him as he prepared for his presentation at Mistura, the largest food festival in Latin America. On the last Friday of Mistura, Chef Perea was scheduled to prepare and present a dish in the open kitchen at the…

How to Eat at Mistura, Peru’s Largest Food Event

The basics What is Mistura? Mistura is an annual food festival held in Lima. Vendors and restaurants from all over Peru gather at Mistura to share their products and creations. The focus is on Peruvian food, but in the last few years it has incorporated other cuisines. This year, there are special exhibits for Mexican…

Huatia, the Ancient Ritual of Cooking Potatoes in the Ground

I’ve long been fascinated with Huatia, the earthen oven Incans constructed to cook potatoes in the ground. I had thought that huatia was something that was only for special occasion that we had to plan a week ahead of time or more. Instead, the knowledge for huatia is ingrained, and no special preparations were needed. All…