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Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes through Central Asia, from Hinterland to Heartland (Hardcover)

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Caroline Eden has followed up her award- winning book Black Sea (which featured Odessa, Istanbul, and Trabzon) with another excellent travelogue with recipes, Red Sands. Venturing into Central Asia (Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), Eden traverses mountains, sand dunes, and cities, and writes of the people, history, and culinary culture of the region. I love learning about a new-to-me part of the world through its food, and Eden is an excellent guide. Her captivating prose is matched by the book’s exquisite photography.


— S.B.


Red Sands, the follow-up to Caroline Eden's multi-award-winning Black Sea, is a reimagining of traditional travel writing using food as the jumping-off point to explore Central Asia. In a quest to better understand this vast heartland of Asia, Caroline navigates a course from the shores of the Caspian Sea to the sun-ripened orchards of the Fergana Valley.

A book filled with human stories, forgotten histories and tales of adventure, Caroline is a reliable guide using food as her passport to enter lives, cities and landscapes rarely written about. Lit up by emblematic recipes, Red Sands is an utterly unique book, delving into 'the last blank on the map' while bringing in universal themes that relate to us all: hope, hunger, longing, love and the joys of eating well on the road.

About the Author

Caroline Eden is a writer and journalist contributing to the travel, food and arts pages of the Guardian, Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. Specialising in the former Soviet Union, Caroline's previous book, Black Sea, won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book Award 2019, the James Avery Award at the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards 2019, the Art of Eating Prize for Best Food Book of the Year, and the Edward Stanford Travel Award for Best Food & Drink Book. She lives in Edinburgh.

Praise For…

"Red Sands" follows in the footsteps of Caroline Eden's previous volume "Black Sea." Both are pleasures to read, triangulating journalism, literary writing, and cookbookery: The recipes are part of the reporting, and Eden describes them as "edible snapshots." Devra First, Boston Globe

The meal was as beautiful and delicious as one in a high-end restaurant. Clean-up was as easy as promised. ~ Atlanta Journal Constitution

Caroline Eden, whose book Black Sea was showered with awards, is on the road again, this time traveling through the heart of Asia. It's not your usual cookbook, it's more a travel book with recipes, the recipes acting as postcards which she sends as she meets new characters, most of them involved with food... Eden travels quietly and lets you in on every encounter and every bite. A moving... as well as a fascinating read.' - Diana Henry, Daily Telegraph

Caroline Eden is an extraordinarily creative and gifted writer. Red Sands captures the sights, tastes and feel of Central Asia so well that when reading this book I was sometimes convinced I was there in person. A wonderful book from start to finish.' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads.

"Caroline Eden's prior work, The Black Sea, was one of the most awarded cookbooks of 2019, a sweeping travelogue told through the lens of food. This book moves east, roughly from the Caspian Sea to the Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan, again telling stories of Edens travels and histories of the region, studded with recipes. " -Stained Page News

Product Details
ISBN: 9781787134829
ISBN-10: 1787134822
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Pages: 288
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Created At: 3/2/2020 11:05am
Last Updated At: 10/19/2020 10:15am