The Adventure of Arrack tells the story of how Ceylon Arrack came to be. From fragments of records of explorers, traders and invaders who sailed to Lankan shores in centuries past and fell captive to the island’s enchantment, it seems that the island’s coconut Arrack – or at least a primitive version of it – is centuries old, making it one of the oldest distilled spirits in the world. The amazing book is written by Michelle Gunawardanal and it became the first Sri Lankan book to receive a prestigious Gourmand Award, when it won first place in the spirits category at the Gourmand Awards held in Yantai, China in May, 2016.
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995, and each year honors the best food and drink books as well as food television. These awards are considered the highest international accolade for books and television in this sector. In 2016, the competition received thousands of entries from all parts of the world in several different languages. Over 1,700 entries from 103 countries were shortlisted, with the competition coming down to 766 finalists for the “Best in the World’ title in 89 categories.
In case you want to get a copy of “Adventures of Arrack” ISBN 978-1-78280-483-3.