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Culinary Journeys with Caroline Eden

Wednesday 22nd May

Topping & Company Booksellers of St Andrews, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9HG
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Culinary Journeys with Caroline Eden

Following Samarkand, Black Sea, and Red Sands, her exquisite travel essay/recipe collections, Edinburgh local Caroline Eden joins us in St Andrews for her new memoir, Cold Kitchen: A Year of Culinary Journeys. Drawing on her years of award-winning food writing, Caroline embraces the transformative power of travel and near-eastern cuisine.

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.

A welcoming refuge with its tempting pantry, shelves of books and inquisitive dog, Caroline Eden finds comfort away from the road in her basement Edinburgh kitchen. 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. From late night baking as a route back to Ukraine to capturing the beauty of Uzbek porcelain, and from the troublesome nature of food and art in Poland to the magic of cloudberries, Cold Kitchen celebrates the importance of curiosity and of feeling at home in the world.

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 (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. She has travelled extensively to countries such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Bangladesh, documenting her experiences across multiple publications, as well as on BBC Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent'. She has contributed to 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 The New Yorker's Book of the Year and won the prestigious Andre Simon Award in 2020.