News, Notes, Events 



Guardian Food Book of the Year

December 2016:  Felicity Cloake has picked our book as one of the Guardian food books of 2016. What a way to end the year!

Foreign Editions

November 2016: Samarkand has launched in The Netherlands with a brand new cover. Watch out for the German edition coming soon.

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Abergavenny Food Festival

August 2016: The 2016 Abergavenny Food Festival took place in glorious sunshine. I joined a lineup of passionate ranters for Rude Health (don’t subject your babies to bland mush, excite their taste buds from a young age!). I also gave a cooking demonstration where we took on pilaf cooked under a Shah’s crown.


In My Kitchen

July 2016: I welcomed Vice writer Johanna Derry to my kitchen in London where we talked about the food culture of Central Asia and ate a whole platter of plov between two.

Splendid Table Podcast

June 2016: The city of Samarkand is on the storied Silk Road, but off the beaten path for many tourists. We make the case for the ancient Uzbek city's food and culture on the Splendid Table podcast with Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Listen now.


Where to Eat in Uzbekistan

June 2016: I’ve picked eight great places to eat and drink in Uzbekistan for Olive magazine. Get ready for crisp pastry triangles filled with lamb and fresh doughnuts with homemade apricot compote.


Evening Standard Interview

June 2016: Read my interview with Victoria Stewart here.



Dizzying Press for Samarkand

June 2016: The press coverage for our book has been overwhelming. Amongst others we have been highlighted and reviewed in The Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Guardian, Waitrose Weekend, Food52, Delicious, Olive, The Metro, The Week, Vegetarian Living, House & Garden.

Read some of the quotes here.

Book Launch at Daunt Books

June 2016: Co-authors, flushed with pride at our book launch party. Daunt Books is truly the ultimate of travel bookshops and a perfect setting for a book that is as much travelogue as cookbook.

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Samarkand Published

June 2016: Years in the making, it’s been a thrilling journey with an amazing team. Samarkand is finally on sale! The first copies are in book shops now or find online.


Talks at Asia House and Stanfords

May 2016: Join me for talks at the Asia House Literature Festival and Stanfords in London next month.