Historian's Cookbook

Don Cossacks in army uniform wait in line for borscht, 2006.

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

Fast food outlet: a Neapolitan pizza seller, 19th century.

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.