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 โ€“ 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.   Itโ€™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 cultureโ€™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 โ€“ before then, if it was known at all, it was for the wrong reasons.   It was in America that…