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Open Access Thesis

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Degree Program

Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

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Month Degree Awarded



In Peru since the end of the last century, there has been a surge in new interest in cuisine in the country, due to the so-called Peruvian gastronomic boom. The novel Cocinero en su tinta employs this cultural phenomenon as its setting to articulate the personal conflicts of Rembrandt Bedoya, a recognized Peruvian chef, who searches for a récipe that represents the cultural polyhedral reality of his country to be presented in Madrid. This search is coupled gradually with the necessity of making peace with the memory of his father and establishing a relationship with his evasive and unattainable lover. The objective of this thesis is to investigate and analyze how the personal and national journeys of the protagonist is the recurring theme that links the narrative discourse. The first chapter is dedicated to analyzing the cultural importance of food in relation to the established ties with the protagonist, who identifies as much as a Peruvian as he does as chef. In the second chapter, Rembrandt’s personal and national conflicts are explored deeper, as well as his desire to find originality through his relationships with the other characters, estableshing and analyzing his search for the double meaning of origins. Key Words: Peruvian gastronomic boom, identity, creole from Lima, Gustavo Rodríguez


First Advisor

Luis A. Marentes

Second Advisor

María Estela Harretche