Our Hand Picked Selection of Books, Cookbooks and Movies about Peru
Books are a great way to both learn about a destination and relive the memories once you return home. This month we hand pick the best of books, cookbooks and movies about Peru to help get you in the mood for the destination we will feature on Compass & Fork in early 2016.
We have 4 featured categories: fiction, non-fiction, movies and cookbooks. These are all listed below and are in the Compass & Fork shop as well. (You can find these collections from previous destinations in the shop as well.)
Many of these recommendation we have read or watched either to prepare or as we traveled through Peru. Others are popular recommendations. Often when you are in a destination, books will be available that are not distributed internationally, buy these to take home. A book or cookbook can make a great memory of your trip.
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So without further ado . . .
Fiction Books about Peru
A novel is a great way to explore a place, perhaps in a different era to get the history, or in the present day to help better understand the culture. A great story can really make a place come alive.
- Chasing the Sun, by Natalia Sylvester set in 1992 in Lima.
- Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo
- Conquest of the Inca’s by John Hemming
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
- Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa (author won a Nobel Prize)
- Conversation in a Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa
Non-Fiction Books about Peru
- Turn Right at Machu Picchu– Mark Adams- humorous personal travelogue of a New Yorker in Peru. Arecent publication, New York Times bestseller.
- Lost City of the Inca’s– travelogue by Hiram Bingham, the Yale academic that discovered Machu Picchu in 1911.
- The Celestine Prophecy (sort of fiction) by James Redfield. This book became a best seller when it was published in 1997.
- Last Days of the Incas– Kim MacQuarrie- a National Geographic pick
- Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness by Peter Mathiessen
Cookbooks featuring Peruvian Cusine
- Peru, the Cookbook
- The Fire of Peru: Recipes and Stories from My Peruvian Kitchen
- The Art of Peruvian Cuisine, Vol. I
- The Art of Peruvian Cuisine, Vol. 2
- The Food and Cooking of Peru: Traditions, Ingredients, Tastes and Techniques in 60 Classic Recipes
- Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Lomo Saltado, Anticuchos, Tiraditos, Alfajores, and Pisco Cocktails
Movies about (or filmed) in Peru
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (starts in Peru)
- Kon Tiki– the expedition searching for the Polynesian Islands, leaves from Peru
- The Emperor’s New Groove (animated- great one for kids)
- Anaconda– if you are headed to the jungle
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- The Motorcycle Diaries– The charismatic figure from the Cuban Revolution, Che Guavara, and his trip through South America
- Secret of the Incas– 1954, Charlton Heston movie, credited as inspiration for the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie
- Touching the Void– story of a climber’s experience in the Andes Mountains near Huaraz. This is a truly amazing and inspirational story
What are your favorite books, cookbooks or movies about Peru? One of these or a new one to share? Please let us know in the comments below. See you shortly with travel and food ideas from Peru.