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HighLives has long been a fan of Bolivian food and in recent years many visitors and international chefs have joined us in their interest for the cuisine of the Andean people.
UK viewers can currently get a flavour for some of the more adventurous aspects of Bolivian food by watching the first in a new series on Channel 4 called “The Fearless Chef”.
I watched the show last night, it’s a very exciting programme that packs quite a lot into an hour-long show for adventurous food lovers.
The Fearless Chef himself Kiran Jethwa joins coca leaf farmers zooming over a steep valley on a zipline then taking a jeep up the precariously steep-sided ‘Death Road’ to get his precious cargo to market in the capital city of La Paz.
Kiran gained strength for his adventures with a breakfast of Caldo de Cardan (bull’s penis soup!). He later made a delicious looking feast of barbecued llama meat marinated in coca-leaf with a hearty pumpkin soup made with more of that bull’s penis stock, all cooked against the most stunning backdrop of the city and snow-capped Andes mountains just beyond.
As a La Paz native, I’ve cycled the Death Road but I don’t think I’d do the ziplining, I don’t have too good a head for heights. Bolivia has some great soups but I managed to grow up without missing the Caldo de Cardan either. But still, it was a great introduction to Bolivia’s food and culture surrounding it and I enjoyed this taste of home very much.
If you want to get inspired before planning to visit Bolivia, see here for a collection of images on Instagram of our March 2016 “photographic journey of Bolivia” or see our posts on our Facebook page.
If Kiran’s programme has inspired you to visit Bolivia, we have two suggested programmes to journey Bolivia highlights our Bolivian Odyssey or Bolivia Express. For hardcore food lovers, we have even put together a pan-Andean adventure – The Andes Gourmet - which also takes in some of the gastro-delights of neighbouring Peru.