Cheesecake

Creamy, sweet and dense, cheesecake has long had the last word on decadence. Modern cheesecake is a sweetheart of American cuisine (today, July 30 is their commerce-friendly National Cheesecake Day), but cheesecakes go back to Antiquity. Athletes at the Ancient Greek Olympics were given cheesecake – a baked concoction of soft white goats or sheep…

Biryani

Peeling back the lid of a biryani, the exquisite Indian rice dish, releases a steam headily floral with saffron and cardamom, underscored by earthier coriander seed, cumin and ginger.   It’s a steam that recalls its Persian heritage. Biryani is one of the key dishes of Mughlai cuisine, a strand of Indian cookery developed in…

Pizza

Pizza is popular culture’s prevailing symbol of Italy, known with affection in every corner of the world.   Yet outside its home city of Naples Italians only really started eating pizza in the 1950s – before then, if it was known at all, it was for the wrong reasons.   It was in America that…