The ingredients, cooks, techniques and tools that have shaped our love of food. We all love cooking - to some degree - and each one of us has a favourite meal, or ingredient we favour above all others. In today's world it is easy to get what we desire to eat in our 24-hour consumer society. But do we know how these everyday recipes came from, who invented them, from which countries, and using what techniques? This book will provide a colourful and entertaining whirlwind journey through the history of cuisine, as described by the rising star of the subject in William Sitwell, editor of Waitrose Food Illustrated. It will be equally a celebration of the great dishes, techniques and indeed, the great chefs who have innovated over the centuries. He will also bring it right up to date to discuss the rise of the Michelin Star, gourmet cooking, and of course the 21st-century phenomenon of the celeb chef.