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In Peru even the poorest folk are serious foodies—so says this 2009 video documentary, which exalts cooking as the glue that binds the ethnically diverse, politically fragmented nation. Director Ernesto Cabellos seemingly leaves no aspect of the national diet unexamined: he peers with equal ardor into peasants’ stew pots and five-star Peruvian restaurants in Lima, New York, and Madrid; traces Peruvian traditions back to the ancient Incas; and follows local ingredients from ocean, farm, and forest as they make their way through open-air markets to the table. From a technical perspective this is no great shakes, but it’s fun and appetizing, and it really made me want to go to Peru. 75 min.


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