The Hawaii Book of Rice, by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi / Only in Hawaii would there be a book of rice. OK, maybe not, given the multitude of rice-eating cultures. But only in Hawaii would there be a rice cookbook that includes recipes like a Moroccan Scented Rice Salad, Chinese Pea and Jasmine Tea Rice Salad, Luau Risotto, Lilikoi Mochi and Bibingka (a Filipino sticky rice dessert), all under one cover.
The Hawaii Book of Rice, by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, is an ode to rice, covering the history of rice in Hawaii, sprinkling grains of rice wisdom and facts from around the world, and featuring recipes from Tokkuri Tei’s Seafood Risotto to Hawaiian Electric Company’s (a surprisingly excellent source of local-style home-cooked classics) Hapa Haole Puffed Rice.
The book will be in stores beginning May 20. On Saturday, May 21, Barnes and Noble Kahala will donate three cans of food to the Hawaii Foodbank for each copy of The Hawaii Book of Rice sold that day. For more information on book signing events, visit [www.bookshawaii.net]