Anticuchos Offer a Taste of Africa’s Influence on Peruvian Cooking

Chandra Ram

Like many Western cultures with a history of slavery, Peru’s cuisine boasts influences from Africa, from both the African kitchens the slaves were forced to leave behind and the ingredients they were allowed to cook with and eat in Peru.

The first Africans were taken to Peru by the Spanish conquistadors in 1521. By the time slavery was abolished in 1854, approximately...