From Salted: a Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral by Mark Bitterman. Copyright © 2010 Mark Bitterman. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The city of Samarkand is on the storied Silk Road, but off the beaten path for many tourists. Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford make the case for the ancient Uzbek city's food and culture in their new book, Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus. They spoke with Lynne Rossetto Kasper about it.