After Pizarro: Food in Colonial Peru and Today (Conclusion)

In Lima, a city more Spanish than perhaps any of the other seats of Spanish viceroyalties in the New World, the Spanish elite built huge mansions from the money raised by the tribute demanded of the natives and other less noble members of the society. Tribute usually consisted of the ubiquitous silver, but also included…

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After Pizarro: Food in Colonial Peru and Today

In 1531, the world of the Inca of Peru changed forever. That year, Francisco Pizarro and his three brothers, from Estremadura, Spain, began their successful conquest of Peru. Not only did the Pizarros bring Spanish law, culture, and religion to the region later known as the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included all of South America…

First You Settle the Pampas: Food in Colonial Argentina and Today (Conclusion)

Throughout the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata, the Roman Catholic Church proselytized the vast distances and founded convents. And the nuns who lived in those convents, and their Indian servants, soon became known for intricate sweets and other confections that had roots in the sweets that predominated in Moorish-ruled Spain for eight centuries until the…

First You Settle the Pampas: Food in Colonial Argentina and Today

What was cooking in colonial Argentina? What do cooks still cook there today? Answer: lots of dishes, but especially meat. Years ago, when I lived in Fram, Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer, going to Encarnacion, Argentina was the delight of the month --- as long as I went on a day when restaurants featured…