Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes, Through Darkness and Light by Caroline Eden

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  • Chestnut and sage pilaf

    • TrishaCP on February 16, 2020

      This was a lovely tasting pilaf, especially with the chestnuts popping up throughout to add a bit of sweetness and creaminess. Served with salmon.

  • Stuffed peppers (Ardei umpluti)

    • lkgrover on December 31, 2019

      I thought the chili powder overpowered the other spices; next time I will reduce by half. Otherwise, I liked this version of stuffed peppers. Unlike many stuffed pepper recipes, the raw pork and rice are cooked in the peppers -- requiring over 2 hours in the oven.

  • Shepherd's bulz

    • Frenchfoodie on March 10, 2019

      These have potential though were pretty stodgy. I got only half the cheese inside them though adding on top as the recipe suggests gave a nice bit of crunch. I made up the day before and then cooked from cold.

    • jungliemonkey on November 24, 2020

      Black Sea is one of my absolute favourite cookery books. However, these bulz, while tasty, were way more fiddly than the excellent recipe in Carpathia. As such, I will stick with the latter going forward...

  • Black Sea börek

    • jungliemonkey on October 28, 2020

      The balance of flavours here is just perfect. A wonderful, savoury delight, which I have made a few times now. In terms of options, I used filo pastry and nigella seeds. Also, out of necessity, I substituted chopped kale for the chard, and this works well.

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Reviews about this book

  • Kitchn

    A roundabout of history, geography, stories, and recipes, it’s a wild ride and a whole new perspective on a surprisingly rich culinary crossroads.

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Few can weave a tale like Caroline Eden. Her latest book Black Sea is filled with gorgeous photography, prose, and recipes.

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  • ISBN 10 1787131319
  • ISBN 13 9781787131316
  • Published Nov 01 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Quadrille Publishing

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This 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.

With a nose for a good recipe and an ear for an extraordinary story, Caroline Eden travels from Odessa to Bessarabia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey's Black Sea region, exploring interconnecting culinary cultures. From the Jewish table of Odessa, to meeting the last fisherwoman of Bulgaria and charting the legacies of the White Russian émigrés in Istanbul, Caroline gives readers a unique insight into a part of the world that is both shaded by darkness and illuminated by light.

Meticulously researched and documenting unprecedented meetings with remarkable individuals, Black Sea is like no other piece of travel writing. Packed with rich photography and sumptuous food, this biography of a region, its people and its recipes truly breaks new ground.

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