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An Interview with Caroline Eden
authorsWriter and photographer Caroline Eden provides an excellent introduction to Central Asian flavors in her new book Samarkand, co-authored with Eleanor Ford and with photography from Laura Edwards. The beautifully produced cookbook includes travel essays and photos alongside mouth-watering recipes that place Central Asia and the Caucasus back on the culinary map.
  Longitude. Uzbekistan may not be on every traveler’s bucket list. What first drew you to Samarkand? Eden. The wonderful Islamic architecture primarily, but also just the name…“Samarkand.
The Woman in Cabin 10
woman in cabin ten coverA luxury cruise with a small number of guests takes off in search of the Aurora Borealis by way of the North Sea. All goes well until a woman vanishes, pushed off a balcony into the freezing waters below, with only one witness: travel journalist Lo Blacklock, who scrambles to piece together the clues and uncover the truth. Sound like an Agatha Christie tale? Not quite, but The Woman in Cabin 10, by English novelist Ruth Ware, has earned favorable—and apt—comparisons to the works of the reigning queen of the mystery genre.
Top Ten Fall Travel Titles
BCY45Autumn is the season for armchair travelers. As the weather cools, the imagination sharpens, ready to transport us to distant lands. We've selected ten travel titles that we're looking forward to curling up with this fall as we dream up new destinations.   Epic Bike Rides of the World. The discerning editors at Lonely Planet organize 200 top places to pedal in this beautifully illustrated coffee table book. From family friendly rides in Buenos Aires to downhill trails near the Arctic Circle, to France, Spain, Mongolia, Italy and beyond, it's sure to contain a spark the interest of any cycling enthusiast.
Coming Home to Tibet
TBT177“China drew a blanket of complete silence over Tibet,” writes Tsering Wangmo Dhompa of the twenty years following the 1959 Tibetan Uprising against Chinese presence in Tibet. Since that time, the country has gradually opened to travelers, who discover the formerly isolated state transformed by the Chinese intrusion. For those who have yet to access the border, Dhompa acts as an intermediary. The daughter of a prominent Tibetan nomadic family, born in exile and raised in Nepal and India and now residing in San Francisco, she effortlessly ushers readers across borders and between worlds. Dhompa’s circumstances also leave her at a loss, searching for home and identity in her mother’s country.
Belize Barrier Reef
Kindly contributed by Longitude Assistant Editor Ben Hankey who recently returned from Belize and Guatemala where he discovered this favorite spot.
coast We were a long way from Minnesota now, in the teal waters off the Belize Barrier Reef. Up at the lake where I spend many summer days, the water is usually forest green or slate blue. This shade of water, a lustrous, Caribbean hue, had to be savored. Under sail from Caye Caulker, we had ridden for over an hour above the sun-filled shallows, a bottom of sugar sand, in which the tails of whale sharks slipped beneath the hull. Now we were within sight of Ambergris Caye and about half a mile from the breaker that surged white over the hidden reef. The foam rushed over the head of the coral wall.