ABOUT

Caroline Eden is a writer and critic contributing to The Guardian, BBC and The Times Literary Supplement. 

Her latest book, Red Sands (Quadrille, 2020), is the follow-up to Black Sea, and the second instalment of the ‘colour trilogy.’ A reimagining of traditional travel writing, using food as the jumping-off point to explore Central Asia, the book navigates a course from the shores of the Caspian Sea to the sun-ripened orchards of the Fergana Valley. The Financial Times, Sunday Times and The New Yorker selected as a ‘book of the year’ for 2020. It also won the André Simon Award for best food book 2020. You can buy it here

Black Sea (Quadrille, 2018), a wholly new format, fusing travel narrative with recipe book, 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. Exploring interconnecting culinary cultures, the book brings in the Jewish table of Odessa, a meeting with the last fisherwoman of Bulgaria and retraces the legacies of the White Russian émigrés in Istanbul, and more.

Black Sea won the Art of Eating Prize, the John Avery Award at the Andre Simon Awards, Best Travel and Food Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards and Best Food Book at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2019. It was also shortlisted for a James Beard award (international) and best food book at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink 2019 Awards. It was included in both spring and summer 2019 ‘best reads’ in the New York Times and in the Financial Times Books of the Year list. You can buy it here or in all good bookshops.

Her first book Samarkand - Recipes and Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus was published by Kyle Books in 2016. It was a Guardian book of the year 2016 and it went on to win the Guild of Food Writers Food and Travel award in 2017. You can buy it here or find it for sale in bookshops worldwide. It was translated into several languages, most recently Russian. 

Specialising in the former Soviet Union Caroline has filed stories from Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Haiti and Bangladesh for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and has spoken to audiences about her adventures at the Financial Times Weekend Festival, Royal Geographical Society, Asia House, Stanfords and the Frontline Club.

Caroline began her career writing travel book reviews for The Bookseller then working for Odyssey Guides and Steppe magazine, both companies with a focus on Central Asia while she studied for an MA from SOAS, University of London. 

Literary agent: Jessica Woollard at David Higham Associates