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The Historian's Cookbook

Advertisement for Marshall’s curry powder, 1899.

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

Stock in trade: an advertisement for pot-au-feu beef cubes, illustration by Severo Pozzati (Sepo), 1957.

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

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.