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Samarkand sits in Uzbekistan on the ancient Silk Road, where travelers and merchants once hawked their wares from China to the Mediterranean Sea. Food and travel writer Caroline Eden uses the Russian nesting dolls matryoshka as a metaphor to describe the Uzbeki cuisine of this region: as soon as you unveil one culinary tradition, another reveals itself. Eden’s new book is Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus. She wrote the book with Eleanor Ford. Find a recipe for Samarkand beef plov on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Ciudad del Swing" and "Harlem 2 Bole" (Instrumental) by BOLE 2 HARLEM