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Gaston Acurio was born in Lima, Peru, in 1967. He has created an international empire, exporting Peruvian cuisine around the world. Acurio owns more than 44 international restaurants, including three locations of La Mar restaurant in the USA. He plans to open more restaurants around the world in the next two years, including in Washington, DC. Acurio is a television host in Peru and is met by tens of thousands of fans wherever he makes a public appearance. People have started endorsing Gaston Acurio as the next Peruvian president in several newspaper articles, Facebook fan pages, television debates and a new movie, Finding Gaston, from Peruvian director Patricia Perez. His main restaurant Astrid y Gaston is on the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants list at number 18. He won the lifetime achievement award at the Latin America Best Restaurants in 2013.
A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Cookbook for Spring 2015. Top 20 Cookbook in 2015 on Amazon "A tome of Peruvian food, by its most acclaimed ambassador." -Good Things "Gaston Acurio is Peru's answer to Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain."-Wall Street Journal "It's my new obsession... and a brilliant look at a cultural hegemony that is Peruvian food."-Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods "I never had any idea how varied and sophisticated the food from Peru could be. This beautiful volume is useful resource on a cuisine that's rapidly gaining in popularity north of the equator."-Library Journal "There are a whoppings 500 recipes in [Peru: The Cookbook], and it's a fascinating journey."-Tasting Table "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."-Publishers Weekly "Vivid photography, insightful captions, and precise preparations. The book and its contents are so stunning."-The Latin Kitchen.com "[T]his spectacular new cookbook features 500 recipes that serve as the perfect introduction to this cuisine, along with thoughtful observations from Gaston, who is not only a talented cook but also a talented writer."-RetailMeNot.com