Often, when we mention the AWLC to people native to Lima, their faces light up, and they launch into stories about photocopied or hand-me-down versions of their mother's 1954 AWLC cookbook, or their worn out 1960s or 80s version or mention a favorite recipe from later editions. Recently arrived expats often tell us about how the tips from the cookbook have helped them shop in Lima and navigate unfamiliar foods.

There have been various editions over time, with each version full of recipes that have become favorites. But the frosting on the cake through all these years has been the fact that the proceeds of the books support various AWLC education projects as well as a scholarship program for future teachers at the Instituto Pedagógico. Every book that goes home with a new owner offers a double blessing: a great resource for the cook, and a great support for education in Peru.    

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AWLC Classic Cookbook Series

Simple to Sublime, the current, 7th edition, (2018), is a huge collection of delicious recipes presented in English and Spanish that makes cooking in Peru simple and easy, featuring local ingredients and metric conversions. 

The exciting AWLC classic cookbook has over 400 pages of recipes, photographs, cooking tips, ingredient substitutions, and a whole section on Peruvian cuisine as well as an introduction to local fruits.

The diversity of AWLC members is reflected in the many international recipes included, right alongside Peruvian staples and superstar dishes. Practical information on native Peruvian fruits and herbs makes this an essential part of your Peruvian kitchen.

Thousands of New Recipes

Simple to Sublime, a Bilingual Cookbook, may be the only cookbook you’ll ever need. From appetizers to desserts, Peruvian dishes and international flavors, this big cookbook has it all. A combined effort of the talented membership of the American Women’s Literary Club, it offers a huge selection of recipes in Spanish and English, accompanied by gorgeous photography.

Learn multilingual cooking terminology; try great recipes; peruse the fruit section’s descriptive visual guide; take advantage of the helpful substitution chart—all the while enjoying the knowledge that you are also helping to support worthy education projects in Peru.

- Lauris Burns

Coconut Carrot Cake Recipe