Quadrille buys book on food and travel in Central Asia

Quadrille buys book on food and travel in Central Asia

Quadrille will publish food and travel book Red Sands by writer and journalist Caroline Eden. 

Publishing director Sarah Lavelle acquired world rights from Jessica Woollard at David Higham Associates. The title will be published in the UK, Australia and the US on 12th November 2020. 

Red Sands is Eden's third book and is an exploration of culture, history and food in Central Asia. The book begins on the shores of the Caspian Sea, in oil-rich Kazakhstan, travelling on through steppe, desert and mountain to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan exploring how food mirrors and shapes landscapes, history and culture. Topics include trekking in the largest walnut forests of the world, dining at Soviet-era sanatoriums, feasting at underground desert complexes and exploring the role of food in avant-garde art.

Eden commented: "My reason for writing Red Sands was to reveal a radically different portrait of Central Asia. I wanted to show how food has the exceptional ability to open windows to other worlds, how it can be used as a tool for exploring lesser-known histories and modern-day pleasures, and how it transcends and diminishes national frontiers. I also wanted to highlight how mealtimes are vital for travelling well, providing a much-needed rhythm and release during long journeys."

Lavelle added: "Caroline’s research and prose are peerless, garnering comparisons with Lawrence Durrell—Red Sands will cement her reputation as the most exciting food and travel writer working today."