The Historian's Cookbook

The Ice Cream Seller, Austria, 1895

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

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.

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.