Alexander Lee

The story of the ‘mythical centre’ of French cuisine reflects the triumphs and tribulations of its people. 

Sweets made of ice or snow have been with us for millennia, evolving slowly into the modern chilly treat.

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

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.

A children’s opera brought a brief respite from the terrors of the Holocaust.

Ethel Smyth took on the forces of inequality, in both politics and culture, producing highly acclaimed works of music that are now all but forgotten.

Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.

The French emperor was a hero to the composer, inspiring a revolutionary symphony. But disillusionment was soon to follow.

Historians set great store by what people heard in the past, but what about those things they misheard?