Travel Food & Drink Book of the Year

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

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.

Caroline Eden is a travel and food writer focusing on the former Soviet Union and South Asia. She has written for various publications including the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and the Guardian. Caroline's first book, Samarkand, won the Guild of Food Writers Award for best food and travel book in 2017. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

SHORTLIST:
Copenhagen Food: Stories, Traditions and Recipes by Trine Hahnemann 

The food culture of Copenhagen is woven into the fabric of Trine's daily life; she has lived in the heart of the city for more than 40 years. There is no smørrebrød, hot dog, ice cream, or coffee she hasn't tasted in this quietly gastronomic capital city. She has hosted summer parties, Christmas dinners, street parties, picnics and long, leisurely breakfasts for close friends and huge gatherings, and she has written and talked about the Danish way of eating for publications all around the world.
Now, in this ground-breaking book, Trine takes us on a tour of her home town, introducing us to all the best spots to eat, drink, and catch up with friends. We learn about the old bakeries and food markets, the burgeoning street food scene, the coffee culture, and the world-famous restaurants – and along the way, Trine will offer 70 recipes for some of her very favourite dishes.

A chef and food writer, Trine Hahnemann is an enthusiastic advocate for sustainable solutions, organic sourcing and food cooked with love. With her great knowledge of Scandinavian food and food culture, she writes for and appears regularly in the media in America and Britain. Trine has written ten cookbooks in her native Danish and four in English: The Scandinavian Cookbook, Scandinavian Christmas, Eat Nordic and Scandinavian Baking, all published by Quadrille.

Khazana: A Treasure Trove of Indo-Persian Recipes Inspired by the Mughals by Saliha Mahmood Ahmed 

Saliha won over the MasterChef judges in 2017 with her fusion of Indo-Persian food. Khazana, which means treasure trove, draws on the rich culinary heritage of the region as well as Saliha’s own travels in modern-day India and Pakistan. Steeped in Persian flavours, Khazana promises to become a much-loved classic.

After facing off competition from 63 other determined contestants, through seven gruelling weeks of culinary challenges and an exhilarating final cook-off, Saliha became the thirteenth amateur cook to lift the MasterChef trophy in 2017. She is also a junior doctor working in the NHS, training to specialise in Gastroenterology, married to fellow doctor Usman and mum of one boy. In the future, she hopes to combine her work as a doctor with her passion for gastronomy to help drive the country towards healthier meals and work on national campaigns to tackle obesity, particularly in children. 

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Nightingale & Roses: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen by Maryam Sinaiee

Iranian food blogger and cook, Maryam Sinaiee, takes us through a full year in the Persian kitchen, explaining the stories and traditions behind over 100 delicious dishes. From Lamb and Aubergine Stew and Baked Fish with Tamarind to Rosewater Ice Cream and Saffron Rice Pudding, Maryam's recipes reveal the diverse range of flavours that make up this unique cuisine. Beautifully photographed throughout, this is the perfect introduction to real Iranian food. 

Maryam Sinaiee was born in Tehran, Iran. She learned to cook from her mother and extended family, and is passionate about Persian history and cuisine. She studied ancient Iranian languages at Tehran University and went on to work as a journalist and political analyst. She moved to the UK in 2011 and started a food blog, The Persian Fusion, which is now one of the most popular Persian food blogs in English. This is her first book and Maryam is soon to open her own café in Chiswick.

Pasta, Pane, Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy's Food Culture by Matt Goulding

Pasta, Pane, Vino is not a cookbook. This is something more: a travelogue, a patient investigation of Italy’s cuisine, a loving profile of the everyday heroes who bring Italy to the table. Town by town, bite by bite, author Matt Goulding brings Italy to life through intimate portraits of its food culture and the people pushing it in new directions: Three globe-trotting brothers who became the mozzarella kings of Puglia; the pizza police of Naples and the innovative pies that stay one step ahead of the rules; the Barolo Boys who turned the hilly Piedmont into one of the world’s great wine regions.

Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World by James & Tom Morton 

Shetland is where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea hits the Atlantic Ocean. Isolated, unspoilt and rich in history and tradition, Shetland is a truly singular place. And for James and Tom Morton, it’s home.
Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World explores life on an island with food, drink and community at its heart. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, Shetland seafood is second to none. The native sheep roam freely. Here cooks, farmers, crofters and fishermen toil following traditions that go back hundreds of years.
This is a heartfelt book, full of passion for place and community. The recipes celebrate the very best the isles have to offer, feasting on the ocean’s harvest and the treasures of croft land and cliff face. There is cooking fuelled by necessity and thrift and, as you might expect on Scotland’s Norse edge, there are drams and parties galore. With spectacular photography by Andy Sewell, Shetland celebrates a very different kind of island paradise.

James Morton rose to fame in 2012 when he reached the final of the Great British Bake-Off. Since then he has become a columnist for the Sunday Mail, founded his own popular baking blog, written for the Good Pub Guide, amassed a huge social media following and written several best-selling food & drink books. In addition to baking and writing he also loves brewing his own beer and has won several national home brewing awards. 

Tom Morton is a writer and broadcaster. He hosted his own show on BBC Radio Scotland for 20 years and is a former journalist on publications including the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Sunday Herald and New Statesman. Tom is the author of Shetland: Tales from the Last Bookshop, and lives in Shetland. He is James's dad.

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