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"I like the way this book is structured. It reads like a magazine and breaks down each superfood by nutrient and/or what benefits they provide....This book has beautiful photography."

—Judy Trinh, Nutritionist

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"For years Peruvians have cultivated foods that offer exotic flavors and incredible nutritional and medicinal benefits.  This book reveals the secrets of these magical foods and the delicious ways to incorporate them into everyday cooking.  I am delighted to recommend this book"
Gaston Acurio, ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, chef and owner, Astrid y Gaston
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757317227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757317224
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great info on powerful foods details, pictures and recipes.
J. Grey
I literally want to try ALL of the recipes in this book, and already have tried the pichuberry bread (which was gone in one day).
morena
This book uses native fruits, vegetables and spices that are plentiful in the markets I shop at.
valerie neu

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lorena Drago on October 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
While quinoa has entered the American mainstream cuisine, there are other healthy Peruvian foods that have not yet been discovered. Villacorta is making sure that these hidden treasures find a space in your kitchen. Packed with tasty recipes and colorful pictures, you will learn about the nutrient composition of pichuberry fruit, sacha oil, and lucuma. If you are interested in tasty food as well as packing a nutrition punch in every bite, this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shelfishness on November 9, 2013
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Quinoa. Maca. Kiwicha. These sound like exotic vacation destinations, but are simply powerful, antioxidant-laden ingredients that are the superstars of Peruvian Power Foods byManuel Villacorta and Jamie Shaw. This beautifully photographed book is a true treasure as it is highlights ingredients both exotic and familiar that are nutritional powerhouses, and transforms them into delicious dishes. Each ingredient is given the spotlight to emphasize benefits, nutritional value, and preparation approaches taking this Peruvian Power Foods from a basic cookbook to a treasure trove of information.

While some of the ingredients may be a bit hard to find, others are readily available and awaiting the superstar touch provided in this book. Despite the fact that not every one of the recipes is vegan, with options like Drunken Cacao Truffles, Pichuberry Marmalade, Triple Berry Camu Shake, Purple Corn Pudding, Zesty Sacha Inchi Cilantro Dressing, Veggie Causa, and Orange Lucama Smoothie, you can make vegan dishes that are packed with nutritional value. Peruvian Style Canary Beans, Fava Pesto, White Bean Stuffed Portobellos, Tri-Colored Scalloped Potatoes, Tropical Smoothie, and Pico de Quinoa round out a dazzling selection of healthy recipes.

While not every ingredient is readily available in my local market, I love the exotic nature of the recipes and am enticed to locate them in co-ops a little further out. Not only is this book visually stunning and tantalizing in its offerings, but it finally affords me an opportunity to use up the maca powder I impulsively purchased at the health foods store - Maca smoothies anyone?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By morena on January 6, 2014
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I'm Peruvian, so I'm well acquainted with all these ingredients and know how to use them. However, opening this book was one surprise after another. I wasn't expecting to find so many fun and creative ways of incorporating all these super foods into my diet. I literally want to try ALL of the recipes in this book, and already have tried the pichuberry bread (which was gone in one day). Manuel has really let his imagination run wild when creating all these dishes, and the results are fantastic! I also love the nutritional description of each ingredient, with all his knowledge as a nutritionist in each of them. When people read these, they will understand why Peruvians have been eating all these foods for such a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lovelyevenstar on September 2, 2014
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I have not finished reading this yet on my Kindle fire but I am loving the great info I am getting. I will be starting my training as an herbalist soon so I get my hands on as much info on as many natural remedies that I can so that I can be a good source of knowledge for my family as well as my future clients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on November 10, 2014
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Peruvian Power foods; Great recipes that smell like "Abuelitas" kitchen. Food is not only nutritional but also comforting. I cooked the "Sweet Potato with Empanada Beef Stuffing" OMG-Delicious.
Left overs the next day; I created a great salad and warmed up two small corn tortillas-FANTASTIC!
Did I mention that I have lost 10 pounds since I started with MV Nutrtion? I have, down two sizes on waist, feeling energized, confident and clean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By valerie neu on November 11, 2013
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When I am in Peru, I cook a lot. This book uses native fruits, vegetables and spices that are plentiful in the markets I shop at.What is the best way to make Ceviche (a tasty Peruvian sushi), how to prepare Mazamorra Morada ( a popular Peruvian purple corn pudding desert)? It's all here and more. This book will make shopping and cooking a whole lot easier.
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Awesome. As I thumbed through this book, observing the amazing ingredients, and recipes here made me very eager to dive in and try every one. Literally, every recipe is so enticing.

This book is very well organized. It opens each chapter with a "power" ingredient, whether it be a fruit, veggie, etc. It gives a brief but thorough description of item and its subsequent health benefits, and then continues on to give many recipes using the particular food ingredient from Peru.

My wife is Peruvian, and although I really love the Peruvian cuisine, I am a vegetarian, and also very much interested in natural foods and welness in general, and this book is exactly what I have been looking for.

My wife who loves to cook the traditional Peruvian dishes, said she will make as many of these wonderful recipes to try and enjoy the benefits of Peruvian power goods.

Gracias Señor Villacorta for created a wonderful, very well presented compilation of healthy recipes.

Viva El Peru!!
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What is it that makes a good cookbook for me?
- A recipe that breaks down the instructions step-by-step and it's easy to follow
- Great visualization
- History, culture and origin of its unique ingredients
- Innovative recipes with healthy (but still tasty) ingredients

This cookbook has it all and has become one of my favorites. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try new foods that are highly nutritious and energy-imbuing. I can assure that you will fall in love with this delightful book as soon as you try your first recipe. I tried the Pichuberry pie first... Yum! What can I say? Delicious!
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