Longlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2020
“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, whose book Black Sea was showered with awards, is on the road again, this time travelling 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, Telegraph
“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
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, bringing in universal themes that relate to us all: hope, hunger, longing, love and the joys of eating well on the road.
'Caroline Eden takes us through the heart of Asia as she eats sweet winter melons in Uzbekistan, gaudy cream cakes in Kazakhstan and rich lamb and quince plovs in Kyrgyzstan. Every character she meets and every meal she shares leads to a deeper understanding of place and people, every recipe is a postcard from a world few of us know. Beautifully written, quietly personal, generous, rich with detail, I absolutely loved this book.' Diana Henry
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