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Thirty years on after the fall of the Soviet Union, Central Asia’s rich tapestry of food, culture and beautiful landscape have all contributed to making the region a prized destination for explorers, travelers and curious cooks.
Discover the delicious recipes, rituals around hosting, and sites to be seen along the Silk Road with travel writer and author of Red Sands, named a ‘book of the year’ by The New Yorker. Caroline Eden will introduce participants to these incredible countries, their people and religions, and share the recipes that explore the regions’ foodways, abundance of natural produce and classic dishes.
Landscape and Roots
Introduction to the different peoples, countries and varying landscapes: steppe, desert, mountains and waterways. Magical fruits (winter melons, sea buckthorn, rare pears), fruit in cooking (dried and fresh), botanical orchards, dachas and summer kitchens, pickling traditions, looking at the largest walnut forests in the world, apples and ancestral woodlands.
Food in the City, Flavors in the Arts
Teahouse traditions (the chaikhana), mosque kitchens, bazaars (traditional and modern — the old Silk Road versus the new ‘belt and road’ project), how cities such as Tashkent, Bishkek, and Dushanbe are rapidly changing, Soviet-era poets and artists and their love of abundant Central Asia, food in ceramics and fabrics (as dyes and in design).
Journey as Cradle, Food as Comfort
Food-centric travel accounts of the past (from the 15th century onwards) versus contemporary observations. Will include a look at food out on the steppe and remote desert kitchens, pilgrim food, unforeseen delights in far-flung corners, the Aral Sea and a tentative return to fishing.
Purchase Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes Through Central Asia from Hinterland to Heartland.
This class will take place on Thursday, December 2, 9, and 16 from 1-2 pm ET and recorded for later viewing by patrons.
Online programs:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase
In-person programs:Adults and children ages 12+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend our in-person programs.
Masks must be worn at all times by everyone over the age of 2.
This event is part of our Kitchen Arts & Letters series. In collaboration with the esteemed culinary bookstore, we present talks, demos and tastings with leading cookbook authors, chefs, food historians and farmers.
Caroline Eden is a writer and critic contributing to The Guardian, BBC and The Times Literary Supplement. Caroline’s books include Samarkand, Black Sea, and most recently, Red Sands, a ‘book of the year’ for the Financial Times …
Caroline Eden is a writer and critic contributing to The Guardian, BBC and The Times Literary Supplement. Caroline’s books include Samarkand, Black Sea, and most recently, Red Sands, a ‘book of the year’ for the Financial Times, Sunday Times and The New Yorker. She has been travelling to, and writing about, Central Asia for over a decade. Twitter and Instagram: @edentravels