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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 Conquerors
Early on in his new book The Conquerors, How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire, historian Richard Crowley describes a gorgeous work of cartography, housed in Lisbon’s Castle of St. George, depicting the topography of the known world from the perspective of fifteenth-century Europeans. The ten-foot map—commissioned by King Afonso and produced by Venetian cartographer Fra Mauro—is described by Crowley as “microscopically detailed and brilliant with gold leaf, wavy seas of vivid blue and the images of castellated cities.