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“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” Orson Welles

Multiple cuisines; three writers; one talk. Join us for the launch of two new exciting books that seek to tease the taste buds, please the eyes and inspire the mind.

Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford will discuss their book Samarkand: A Culinary Journey through Central Asia ahead of its June launch. Copies will be available of the book, hot off the press.

The ancient city of Samarkand has been at a crossroad of cultures for centuries. Many ethnic groups have passed through, sharing and influencing each other’s cuisine and leaving their stamp. This book is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing both personal travel essays by journalist Eden and recipes little known in the West that have been expertly adapted for the home cook by food writer Ford.

Eden is a contributor to the travel pages of The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Financial Times with a weekly travel page in London’s Metro. Ford has been a recipe developer and editor for the Good Food Channel and BBC Good Food. She has judged The Guild of Food Writers’ Awards and has been a Time Out restaurant reviewer.

Meanwhile, food writer and cookery teacher Sumayya Usmani will take you further east with stories from her new book Summers Under The Tamarind Tree: Recipes & Memories from Pakistan. On top of capturing the rich and aromatic pleasure of Pakistani cooking, she celebrates the heritage and traditions of her home country. Sumayya was resident food writer for the Guardian COOK in February 2016. Read one of her recipes here.

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May 13, 2016
12:30 - 13:30
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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