Survival manual amazon for young ladies of the city
The feeling that you feel when you read the “survival Manual amazon for young ladies of the city” by Sara Porro, is to be sitting in the shade, in an open space, in front of a nice glass of Pisco sour (the famous cocktail of peru), together with the author and hear directly from her the story of his journey in Peru.
It is a relaxing read, and happy, and more than once tears a smile for the way in which he relates his adventures in the heart of the Amazon in close contact with tarantulas, and caimans, or his understandable apprehension when she decides to attend the ceremony of the ayahuasca, half-way between ritual shamanic and attraction for tourists.
In the book there is no lack of poetic images, like that of the darkness in the forest is described as a black liquid, impenetrable, very different from the pale darkness of our cities, or descriptions as realistic as those of the markets that the “smell of flowers, of putrefaction, of poultry and mango”. Anyone who has been to south America knows that this is so. A riot of smells, colors and noises that put together we call life.
And so among the beautiful cathedrals, travel later in the bus, the feast of ceviche, craft items which is not always true and coca leaves to fight the discomfort of the altitude, we discover that Peru is a Country with a rich cuisine huge, and home to celebrity chefs, renowned restaurants and a great variety of fruit. A Country that seems similar to Italy in many aspects – besides the love of food – but where it is easy to actually feel from the other side of the world. Under the “heaven backwards”.
The same feeling that I have tried in Mexico.
To match a dish in this book, I wanted a recipe authentic peruvian. That was easy to play, with ingredients easily found here in Italy, and possibly sweet. I'm lucky to have a cousin in peru (scanned of course) who told me – in Spanish – the recipe for this dessert of his home. Arroz con leche. Rice cooked in milk with sugar and cinnamon. Very simple and homemade, but definitely good.