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Caroline Eden for Cold Kitchen: a Year of Culinary Journeys

Monday 20th May

Pilrig St. Paul's Church, 1B Pilrig St, Edinburgh EH6 5AH
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Please note, this event is now taking place at Pilrig St. Paul's Church.

We cannot wait to host Caroline Eden, friend of the bookshop and author of the wonderful, award-winning books, Samarkand, Black Sea and Red Sands. Caroline will regale us all with details of her latest blend of food and travel writing, Cold Kitchen: A Year of Culinary Journeys. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the wonderful local author!

Cold Kitchen

Home again. Home again to this subterranean kitchen, cold as a larder, quiet as figs...

In this new book, Caroline Eden finds comfort away from the road in her basement Edinburgh kitchen. With an alluring pantry, shelves of books and inquisitive dog, we join her as she cooks recipes from her travels, reflects on past adventures and contemplates the kitchen’s unique ability to tell human stories. This is a hauntingly honest, and at times heartbreaking, memoir with the smell, taste and preparation of food at its heart.

With its union of practicality and magic, a kitchen is a portal offering extended range and providing unlikely paths out of the ordinary. Offering opportunities to cook, imagine and create ways back into other times, other lives and other territories. Central Asia, Turkey, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, Russia, the Baltics and Poland. Places that have eased into my marrow over the years shaping my life, writing and thinking. They are here, these lands I return to, in this kitchen.

About Caroline Eden

Caroline Eden is a writer, book critic and multi-award winner. Before moving to journalism she completed an MA in Jewish Studies and Diaspora at SOAS, University of London. She has travelled extensively to countries such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Bangladesh, documenting her experiences across multiple publications, such as the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. Her first book, Samarkand: Recipes and Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus, was a Guardian Book of the Year in 2016 and won the Guild of Food Writers Food and Travel Award in 2017. Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes - Through Darkness and Light, Caroline's second book, has won numerous awards, including the John Avery Award in 2018 and the Art of Eating Prize in 2020. Her most recent publication, Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes through Central Asia, from Hinterland to Heartland, was a Book of the Year for The New Yorker and won the prestigious Andre Simon Award in 2020.

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