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Launch: Black Sea by Caroline Eden

November 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

£5 – £25.00

Golden Hare Books is delighted to host the launch of Caroline Eden’s new book, Black Sea.

Come along and raise a glass – of Potemkin cocktail – and hear Caroline speak about the adventures and experiences that have combined to make this extraordinary new book.



“The next best thing to actually travelling with Caroline Eden – a warm, erudite and greedy

guide – is to read her. This is my kind of book.”

– Diana Henry

“A wonderfully inspiring book about a magical part of the world”
– Viv Groskop, author of The Anna Karenina Fix


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

With a nose for a good recipe and an ear for an extraordinary story, Caroline Eden travels from Odessa to Bessarabia and on to Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey’s Black Sea region, exploring its interconnecting culinary cultures. From meeting the last fisherwoman of Bulgaria, to tracing the legacies of the White Russian émigrés in Istanbul, Caroline charts a totally fresh course while giving readers a unique insight into a part of the world that is both shaded by darkness and illuminated by light.

Meticulously researched, and like no other piece of travel writing, BLACK SEA is a biography of a region, its people and its recipes. Packed with vivid photography throughout, it documents unprecedented meetings with remarkable individuals and features recipes inspired by meals, meetings and literature.

The recipes – such as Odessan Coleslaw, Mark Twain’s Debauched Ice Cream, Potemkin Cocktail, Sacred Onion Soup and Black Sea Börek – take the reader on Caroline’s journey.


Caroline Eden is a writer and journalist contributing to the travel, food and arts pages of The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and other publications. Specialising in the former Soviet Union she has filed stories from Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, 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.

Her first book ‘Samarkand – recipes and stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus’ is a food and travel title that was published by Kyle Books in June 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


November 14, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
£5 – £25.00
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Golden Hare Books
0131 629 1396


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68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ United Kingdom
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0131 629 1396

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