From Japanese to African to Chinese and Beyond, Peru is a Crossroads of Culinary Influences

Anne E. McBride

No country perhaps better showcases its history through its cuisine than Peru. Incan, Spanish, African, Chinese, Japanese, even Italian, French, and German—the traces that are left on Peru’s menus speak of conquest, labor, and immigration just as much as they speak of flavors and ingredients.

Indigenous communities populated Peru thousands of years before the Incas arrived in the 12th century and began growing...