Monday, February 24, 2014

Of gastrodiplomacy interest

-Public Diplomacy Magazine's much-anticipated edition on gastrodiplomacy has hit the newsstands.  You can get an advanced PDF copy here.  Congrats to the PDMag editorial board for putting out such a wonderful issue on this delicious topic!

-The Economist on the role of Peruvian cuisine as an incubator for cultural diplomacy, tourism and business:
The Peruvian capital has become a gastronomic mecca. Until recently, tourists headed straight for Cusco, the former Inca capital, and the ruins of Machu Picchu. Now some 75,000 visit Lima every year solely to enjoy its food, spending an average of $1,250 each, according to the tourist-industry association. Maximixe, a consultancy, estimates that restaurants alone account for 3% of Peru’s GDP and that the sector is growing faster than the economy as a whole. Gastronomy has become an export industry: several hundred Peruvian restaurants, many of them franchises, have been set up across the world in the past decade, according to Apega, the industry lobby.
-My culinary diplomacy colleague Sam Chapple-Sokol on American culinary diplomacy at the Milan Expo 2015.

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