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Luis Gómez-Acuña

was born in Lima, Peru, on 10 March 1934. Her mother, an immigrant from a southern coastal town called San Luis de Cañete who worked in Lima as a chef, taught Teresa how to cook. However, her mother did not want Teresa to spend her life in a kitchen; instead, she pushed her to obtain a professional degree. Teresa decided to become a midwife but quit after only a few classes.

Teresa Izquierdo dedicated the rest of her life to cooking. During the 1960s, she began to sell food in Lima during cockfight and bullfighting sessions, when attendees would consume what is known as comida criolla, a mix of pre-Columbian and Hispanic ingredients. Some of the criollo dishes that Izquierdo offered had been created in colonial times, such as anticucho, composed of small pieces of grilled skewered meat (beef heart) that is served with boiled potatoes.

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Robert Maxon

Kenyan herbalist, cook, farmer, and the paternal grandfather of US President Barack Obama, was born in Kanyadhiang near Kendu Bay on Lake Victoria in what is now Rachuonyo District in Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Onyango’s grandfather, Opiyo, had moved to the Kendu Bay region from Alego, north of the Nyanza Gulf, earlier in the nineteenth century in search of more and better land than was available to the family in Alego.

From an early age Onyango was characterized by a seriousness of purpose and a wanderlust His wandering off on his own and desire to learn led to study with specialists to become an herbalist Onyango s curiosity and thirst for knowledge also led him to leave his home for the port town of Kisumu Colonial rule was not established in the Kendu Bay area until some five years after the transfer of Nyanza Province from Uganda to the East Africa ...


Stephen Nepa

chef and restaurateur, was born Kassahun Tsegie in Amhara, Ethiopia. In 1972 Samuelsson, his sister, Linda (born Fantaye), father, Tsegie, and mother, Ahnu contracted tuberculosis. Unable to afford transportation, the family walked seventy-five miles to the capital Addis Ababa for treatment. Arriving at the hospital, Samuelsson's mother succumbed to the disease while he, his sister, and father survived. One year later both Samuelsson and Linda were living in Gothenburg, Sweden, with adoptive parents Lennart and Ann Marie Samuelsson, a geologist and homemaker, respectively. Though transracial adoptions were at the time uncommon in the United States, they had been practiced in Sweden since the 1950s.

Samuelsson s earliest exposure to cooking came from his adoptive maternal grandmother Helga who had worked as a domestic servant for a wealthy Swedish family In addition to learning cooking techniques such as plucking chickens and stringing rhubarb he accompanied Helga on mushroom foraging ...