The Story Behind Provecho Peru

Peruvian Hot SaucesMy adventure into foodblogs happened a bit by accident and a bit on purpose.

I don’t remember the how of how I happened upon the website Orangette, but I sat and read her stories and recipes for hours, night after night. It seemed like a dessert that I just couldn’t get enough of. I was beyond intrigued and inspired. I suppose at that time, I toyed with the notion of “I could do something like that!”

Whenever I attend a gathering, I would rather bring something than go empty handed. More often than not, I would get asked for the recipe. Rather than email recipe after recipe, I wised up one day and decided to just “start a blog” that would keep track of my recipes. If someone inquired, I would point them in that direction.

When I started, I chose the name Canela & Comino, a name I felt encompassed the combination of interesting flavors; represented the cultures I was cooking from at the time and leaned to both dinner and dessert. This all started while I was living in Peru, helping to film a traveling cooking show, and exploring the flavors and recipes of the Peruvian Culture.

My dream evolved into a cafe-restaurant (which I am not sure I would pursue anymore) and a coffee table cookbook (I still have designs and dreams) – both of which I had always thought to call Provecho Peru! More recently, my aspirations include making Peruvian recipes available in English, providing information about cooking comfort food to expats living in Peru and developing a line of signature Peruvian cupcakes.

Why Provecho Peru?

In almost every Latin country, food is served accompanied by the words “Buen Provecho!” or shortened simply to “Provecho!” The true meaning of provecho is “benefit” or “advantage.” By saying Provecho you are wishing them a good meal. It is similar to saying Bon Appétit in French or Enjoy Your Meal in English.

By starting Provecho Peru, I am inviting you to Enjoy Peru – whether you live in Peru or somewhere else in the world. Enjoy the many flavors, the richness of the culture, the colorful markets and the history behind them all.


Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

2 Responses

  1. Te felicito por hacerle caso a tus ganas y empezar este blog. Siempre es bueno compartir lo que a uno le gusta hacer y seguro que a partir de ese cariño que le pones a esto va a ir abriendose un abanico de posibilidades. Ademas la comida peruana me gusta y me alegra tener adonde buscar recetas. Nos seguiremos viendo en TWD! Suerte!

  2. Te lo voy a escribir en español porque mi ingles anda medio flojo. Me alegra mucho que hayas vuelto , de vez en cuando buscaba tu blog pero me salía un aviso de error, pero un día cuando revisé mi Google Reader y vi que tenias entradas nuevas no sabes lo feliz que me sentí porque hayas vuelto.

    Yo también me alejé de mi blog por un tiempo y aunque tenía otros planes para mi vida, el destino me trajo de vuelta a mis postres y mis recetas asi que te entiendo un poquito.

    Gracias por seguir compartiendo tus recetas del Perú con nosotros


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