Dive deep into Peruvian cuisine with How to Eat in Peru, the book!

Learn about the best places in Peru to enjoy everything from street food to tasting menus. With the help of high-quality photos and clear descriptions, this guide will help you get acquainted with over 100 different dishes including many classics like Ceviche and Lomo Saltado. The regional guides will help you delve into the regional cuisines of Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, the Northern Coast, and the Peruvian Amazon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is this book about?

This book is about Peruvian food in all of its forms. It covers Peru's most famous dishes including ceviche and lomo saltado as well as many dishes off the beaten path. It also covers regional dishes in Lima, Cusco, the coast, the Amazon, and the Andes. It covers everything from street food to exquisite tasting menus.

How is this guidebook different than other books?

Most guidebooks about Peru focus on tourist sights such as Machu Picchu and have only a few pages at the end describing the food. This book flips the formula around. This book dives deep into the cuisine.

Most guidebooks list places you should visit; this book lists all of the dishes you should try while in Peru. This book is meant to complement a travel guide.

Why Peruvian food?

I love Peruvian food because it's diverse. The food is a product of Peru's vast biodiversity. The cuisine interweaves ingredients from the jungle, Peru's coastline, and much more. Peruvian food also fuses together influences from Spanish, Incan, Chinese, African, and Japanese cuisine just to name a few.

Who is this book written by?

I'm Sutee. I'm an American who discovered Peruvian food the way most tourists do--on the way to Machu Picchu. I just ended up staying longer. I had just quit my job and started working in a kitchen in Cusco just to keep busy. I became enamored with Peruvian food and started writing really long Instagram captions to share the food I was trying with friends back home. One thing became another ...

Nowadays, I'm a software engineer, and this is a side project. I enjoy traveling, photography, learning new languages, and trying new foods. This project allows me to combine everything.

So, what’s in this book?

  • Detailed descriptions of over 100 dishes including ceviche, lomo saltado, and pisco sours

  • Guides to regional food in the jungle, coast, and Andes

  • Over 200 photos so that you know what you're eating

  • Personal restaurant recommendations

  • Personal anecdotes that provide cultural context

  • Practical advice about how to cope with challenges like the altitude and language barrier

Who is this book for?

This book was specially written for someone who is headed to Peru for the first time. However, I also wrote it so that it will hopefully satisfy readers who are just curious about Peruvian food and would be transported to another place.

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Table of Contents

The first few chapters, I list the sub-sections to give you a better feel for the content.


  • Plane Reading

  • Top Food Experiences in Peru

  • My Story

  • Peru’s Culinary Landscape

  • Peruvian Cuisine, a Melting Pot of Influences

  • Top Food Experiences in Peru

  • Useful Phrases for Ordering and Eating in Peru

  • How This Book Was Made (My Personal Journey Through Peruvian Food)


  • Ceviche and Friends

    • What exactly is ceviche? What makes a good ceviche? What makes a Ceviche Peruvian?

    • How to Enjoy Ceviche

    • Types of Ceviche

    • Other Dishes on the Cevicheria Menu

    • Where to try Ceviche

  • Criollo Food-Traditional Peruvian Food

    • What is Comida Criolla

    • Dishes to Try

    • Where to Try Criollo Food

    • Menú or How to Eat Like a Local

    • Useful phrases for Criollo food

  • Everyone Loves Sandwiches (including Peruvians)

  • Peruvian Chicken is taking over the world

  • Chifa, Peruvian Chinese Food

  • Nikkei: A Blending of Peruvian and Japanese Food Cultures

  • Peruvian desserts

  • Pisco and More-Peruvian Drinks

  • Tasting Menus: Embark on a Culinary Journey

Uniquely Peruvian Ingredients

Regional Guides

  • Lima, Peru's Gastronomic Capital

  • Cusco, Gateway to the Andes

  • Arequipa, a Town Steeped in Culinary Tradition

  • Welcome to the Selva

The Journey Continues …