Not too long ago, quinoa was a humble seed eaten by rural people and the urban poor. In Peru’s cities people would turn up their noses at its site, given its lack of status, in their efforts to climb the social ladder.
Now quinoa is chic. It comes dressed with recommendations from Martha Stewart to Gwyneth Paltrow. Major newspapers trumpet it arrival. It graces the plates of elite restaurants. Quinoa is taking the world, one mouthful at a time.David Knowlton2 1911
The Inca presented many puzzles to the Spanish who invaded their land. Inca ways were not the same as European ways. And, the Europeans struggled to grasp them from the world of their own culture.
Bernabe Cobo wrote an important chronicle of the Inca in the seventeenth century, almost a century after they had disappeared. A Jesuit, he spent years in Peru, both upper and lower, and made use of exiting documents. As a result, his comments on Inca cuisine are both useful and intriguing.
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