Surprising, humane and utterly original, Red Sands presents a beautifully-written gathering of prose, recipes and photographs, all expertly capturing the spirit of Central Asia, a region so often misrepresented and misunderstood.
Following a decade of writing about Uzbekistan and its neighbouring countries (the ‘stans), during the spring and autumn of 2019 Caroline spent six months on the ground developing stories and chasing leads. Her primary aim for Red Sands is to reveal a different portrait of Central Asia, using food as an agent, device and theme, while also preserving on paper something of these countries as they rapidly develop and open up to the world.
Lit up by emblematic recipes, Red Sands is filled with human stories, forgotten histories and tales of adventure, while bringing in universal themes that relate to us all: hope, hunger, longing, love and the joys of eating well on the road.
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