Cook the Book: 'Rice & Curry'

20120507-205119-rice-and-curry.jpgHere at Cook the Book we're inundated with a barrage of cookbooks. Seriously, UPS and Fed Ex are ringing the doorbell at least once a day with a stack of newly released cookbooks covering every subject imaginable. Opening up these packages never gets old, because you never know what you're in for; could be gluten-free side dishes or 101 macaroni recipes, or perhaps a cookbook about Sri Lankan home cooking written by a record producing music journalist named Skiz Fernando.

Before delving into to the edible side of things, it's well worth a mention that Fernando, is obviously a man of many talents with accomplishments including filmmaking and penning a volume analyzing the social history of hip hop.

But back to the cookbook. A passion for eating led Fernando back to his roots, spending a year in Sri Lanka, researching his native cuisine and sourcing material for Rice & Curry, his cookbook/travel guide to this spice-rich South Asian island complete with primers on what to see, where to go, and most importantly, what to eat. Fernando was featured on the Sri Lanka episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations—we're pretty sure he knows his rice and curry.

For the next week we'll be eating our way around Sri Lanka courtesy of Rice & Curry. We'll be frying up egg filled sourdough pancakes known as Hoppers, snacking on chile spiked Deviled Shrimp, and simmering pots of Kukul Mas, a chicken curry that's the go-to of Sri Lankan home cooking.

Win 'Rice & Curry''

Thanks to the generous folks over at Hippocrene Books, we are giving away five (5) copies of Rice & Curry' this week.

All you have to do is tell us about the cuisine that you're dying to discover more about in the comments section below.