Historian's Cookbook


Though long established as the national dish of Hungary, its origins lie with the rootless, itinerant stockmen who roamed the plains of medieval Mitteleuropa


The staple dish of the Middle East is as contested as the region, with different peoples claiming it as their own.


The long, often troubled relationship between Britain and India has led to some extraordinary cross-cultural innovations in cuisine.

From Russia with Borscht

A staple of Russia and the Slavic world, borscht has inspired films and novels – and has even reached outer space.

A History of Pizza

The world’s most popular fast food has ancient roots, but it was a royal seal of approval that set it on the path to global domination.