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Black Sea

Black Sea

Dispatches and Recipes, Through Darkness and Light

Quadrille Publishing

By Caroline Eden


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Shortlisted 2019 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards

This is the tale of a journey between three great cities –  Odessa, built on a dream by Catherine the Great, through Istanbul, the fulcrum balancing Europe and Asia and on to tough, stoic, lyrical Trabzon.

With a nose for a good recipe and an ear for an extraordinary story, Caroline Eden travels from Odessa to Bessarabia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey's Black Sea region, exploring interconnecting culinary cultures. From the Jewish table of Odessa, to meeting the last fisherwoman of Bulgaria and charting the legacies of the White Russian émigrés in Istanbul, Caroline gives readers a unique insight into a part of the world that is both shaded by darkness and illuminated by light.

Meticulously researched and documenting unprecedented meetings with remarkable individuals, Black Sea is like no other piece of travel writing. Packed with rich photography and sumptuous food, this biography of a region, its people and its recipes truly breaks new ground.

More Details

Pages: 288 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: May 2019
ISBN: 9781787131316
Caroline Eden is a travel and food writer focusing on the former Soviet Union and south Asia. She has written for various publications including the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and the Guardian. She writes a weekly travel page for London's Metro newspaper. Caroline's first book, Samarkand, won the Guild of Food Writers Award for best food and travel book in 2017. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Media Reviews

★"Erudite without being stuffy, Eden writes with finesse and subtlety about regional traditions … Enticing to home cooks and armchair travelers alike, Eden’s spectacular cookbook transports readers to the Black Sea."
Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

"Caroline Eden’s book is a fascinating journey from Odessa in Ukraine to Trabzon in Turkey via historical menus, personal stories, and hunger-stoking recipes. It’s a luminous piece of travel writing on the area."
—Meera Sodha, judge 2018 André Simon Award