BOOK SERIES | Around the World in 80 Legendary Dishes


What makes a dish memorable does not always lead to culinary immortality. Some legends are created, others simply evolve and over time come to be seen as something special. Usually there is a theme. It might be raging controversy, which certainly applies to chicken tikka masala. Is it British or Indian?

It might be outrageous quality, which is the only reason why green salad is so popular, especially in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland where the ingredients are always fresh and always tasty.

It might be quaint elusiveness, which is the case these days with headcheese. Once popular throughout Europe, now it is only the French and Italians who persist in the production of a meat product that is an acquired taste.

It might be culinary snobbery, which the famed Spanish omelette seems to garner from people who should know better. This is a dish that needs both quality ingredients and considerable experience. One of these days we will reveal the story behind Fricot photographer and writer Aynia Brennan’s excursion to Ibiza where she ‘found the secret to the perfect tortilla!’ Nevertheless there are those who will say that the best omelette in Europe is the seafood omelette served on the French Riviera!

It might be long history, which is something that definitely applies to spaghetti con colatura di alici, especially if it is made with Gragnano spaghetti. This famous pasta is a culinary marriage with the fish sauce they make on the Amalfi Coast.

It might be the rice dish from west Africa called jollof with its Caribbean influences and countless controversies.

It might be the barbequed beef of Argentina, a tradition shared with all the Latin countries.

It might be a clever story, a once apon a time fairy tale that sounds too good to be true, which is what most people think when they hear about gogel mogel.

Or it might be nothing less than longevity, and the fact that a particular dish is still popular and tasty. Here are a few to whet your appetite.

Candidates for Volume 1

Äädäppelschlot GERMANY potato salad with bacon, cutlets, meatballs, sausages and fresh bread
Aaloo Chole / Aaloo Cholay / Aloo Cholay PAKISTAN spicy chickpeas and potatoes
Acarajé BRAZIL bean and onion cakes
Almuruzia / المروزية / M’assal / M’rouzia / Tajine de Mrouzia NORTH AFRICA sweet lamb tagine
Aloo Saag BRITAIN INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT spinach and potato curry
Al Sayadiyah صيادية ARABIA EGYPT LEVANT SYRIA fish with rice, onions, almonds, pine nuts and saffron
Apfelsalat GERMANY apple salad
Apfelstrudel AUSTRIA apple pastry
Älplermagronen LIECHTENSTEIN SWITZERLAND macaroni, cheese, cabbage / potatoes with onion rings
Apfel, Rhabarber und Ingwer Streusel GERMANY apple, rhubarb and ginger crumble
Attiéké au Poisson / Alloco au Poisson / Attiéké et Alloco au Poisson / Poisson Braisé CÔTE D’IVOIRE fermented cassava, fried plantain with baked / fried / grilled / steamed fish
Atzem Pilaf TURKEY rice with orzo


Banitsa BULGARIA cheese spiral pie
Bärlauchknödel / Knödelen AUSTRIA GERMANY wild garlic dumplings
Bergensk Frokostbuffé / Lefse NORWAY Bergen Norwegian buffet breakfast featuring potato pancakes
Beyssara / Bissara / Talakhcha EGYPT MAGHREB MOROCCO NORTH AFRICA fava, chilli, cumin, garlic dip / soup + Ful Medames EGYPT fava, cumin, lemon juice, olive oil, onions and tahini
Bigos POLAND meat, mushroom, cabbage, sauerkraut, sausage stew / hunter’s stew
Blini RUSSIA pancakes
Bobotie and Geelrys SOUTH AFRICA baked spiced meatloaf with yellow rice
Boerenkoolstamppot met Rookworst NETHERLANDS mashed kale and potatoes with smoked sausages
Böreği / Börek BALKANS TURKEY pastries filled with wild greens
Botvinja BELARUS BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA RUSSIA beef and beet vegetable soup
Boxty IRELAND potato dumplings
Bratkartoffeln mit Speck und Zwiebeln und Bratkartoffelgewürz GERMANY fried potatoes with bacon and onion and spice mixture
Bratwurst mit Alt-Art Zwiebelsauce und Rösti SWITZERLAND St Galler sausages with old-style onion sauce and potato cake
Brav u Mlijeku MONTENEGRO lamb in milk
Brisolée SWITZERLAND autumn harvest buffet with chestnuts, cheese, fruit and wine
Bryndzové Halušky SLOVAKIA potato dumplings with cheese
Bubur Ayam INDONESIA chicken and rice pudding
Bubur Cha-Cha MALAYSIA SINGAPORE coconut, sago / sweet potato / taro dessert
Buckwheat pancakes with bacon and maple syrup CANADA
Byrek me Spinaq / Pita Zeljanica ALBANIA BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA KOSOVO TURKEY cheese and spinach pies

Cachupa CAPE VERDE fish / meat stew
Caldeirada de Cabrito ANGOLA MOZAMBIQUE spicy goat stew
Caldo Verde PORTUGAL hot green soup
Callaloo IVORY COAST / WEST INDIES green stew
Calentita / La Farinata de Ceci / L‘oro di Pisa / Panelle GIBRALTAR ITALY SICILY chickpea fritters
Cappelletti in Brodo SAN MARINO filled pasta hats in beef broth
Carbonnades Flamandes / Stoofvlees op Vlaamse Wijze BELGIUM NETHERLANDS beef and beer stew
Caruru BRAZIL okra in spicy nut and shrimp paste
Caws Pobi Welsh rarebit WALES cheese on toast
Ceviche SOUTH AMERICA marinated raw fish
Chakchouka / Menemen / Oeufs à la Pipérade / Şakşuka / Shakshuka / شكشوكة ALGERIA BASQUE PALESTINE TUNISIA TURKEY eggs with spicy vegetables
Chaudrée / Chowder FRANCE IRELAND NORTH AMERICA aromatic fish soup
Chervonyy Borsch UKRAINE red stew
Chicken Tikka Masala BRITAIN chicken in spices and yoghurt
Chicons au Gratin BELGIUM chicory / endive with cheese and ham
Chilaquiles Rojos / Chilaquiles Verdes MEXICO tortilla breakfast with red or green sauce and accompaniments
Chilli con Carne / Cowboy Stew EUROPE / MEXICO / USA chilli with beef and beans
Churrasco BRAZIL grilled meat
Ciorba Rădăuțeană ROMANIA sour chicken and vegetable soup
Cocido SPAIN CENTRAL AMERICA SOUTH AMERICA chickpea, potato, meat stew
Colcannon IRELAND kale and potato mash
Cullen Skink SCOTLAND smoked haddock and potato soup

De Kapsalon BELGIUM NETHERLANDS the hairdresser – French fries with shoarma meat, melted gouda cheese, salad and sauce
Diǎnxīn 点心 (Dim Sum) CHINA sweet and savoury snacks
Didžkukuliai (Cepelinai) LITHUANIA potato zeppelins
Doldurulmuş Tarihler / Tarih Topları / Hurmali Rulo TURKEY filled dates / date balls / date roll
Dum Biryani INDIA rice with chicken / lamb / vegetables
Dolmades / Koupepia EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN rolled vine leaves stuffed with meat and rice

Ekşili Pilav TURKEY bulgur with greens and yoghurt
Empanadas SPAIN ARGENTINA pies

Farçon FRANCE puréed potatoes with fruit, eggs, herbs and spices
Farka TUNISIA couscous, dates, toasted nuts, milk and sugar
Farshirovannyye Gusinoy Kasha Фаршированные Гусиной Каша RUSSIA stuffed goose with cream, nut, semolina skin
Fegato di Vitello alla Veneziano ITALY Venetian veal liver in onion sauce
Feijão Tropeiro BRAZIL beans, bacon, sausages (and greens)
Fiskefars / Fiskefarse DENMARK DENMARK ICELAND SWEDEN NORWAY fish fillet mince
Flamenquines SPAIN pork rolls
Fondue Rustique FRANCE SWITZERLAND Appenzeller, Emmental, Gruyère, Vacherin Fribourgeois
Fyrstekake NORWAY prince cake with almonds
Fufu GHANA IVORY COAST WEST AFRICA ground or pounded starches featuring cassava
Ful Medames EGYPT fava beans with cumin, lemon juice, olive oil, onions and tahini

Gado Gado SINGAPORE steamed vegetable salad with a spicy peanut dressing
Galllina en Pepitoria SPAIN sautéed chicken with almond sauce
Gizzada JAMAICA coconut custard tarts
Gjel Deti me Përshesh ALBANIA turkey with corn bread
Gomen Wot የጎመን ወጥ ETHIOPIA spiced green stew
Gommer Cholera SWITZERLAND apple, cheese, pear, potato pie
Gosht INDIA mild lamb curry
Grønlangkål med Skinke DENMARK kale with ham and caramelised potatoes
Gumbo USA Cajun / Choctaw soup / stew
Gumbo aux Herbes (Gumbo Z’herbes) USA aromatic greens with rice

Halep Dolması TURKEY stuffed dried aubergines, Gaziantep style
Hobotnica Ispod Peke BALKANS slow-cooked octopus
Hurmašice BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA syrup cakes

Icli Köfte SYRIA LEVANT beef and bulgur meatballs
Imqarrun il-forn MALTA pasta, cheese and meat bake – old and new versions
Injera ERITREA ETHIOPIA sour pancake bread
Irish Stew IRELAND lamb, onion and potato stew
Isombe RWANDA cassava, palm oil, peanut

Jalfrezi Chicken ENGLAND INDIA spicy chicken
Jerk Chicken / Pollo Jerk JAMAICA spiced chicken
Jegulju na Orizu MONTENEGRO roasted eels on rice
Jollof WEST AFRICA spicy tomato rice with beef / lamb
Judd mat Gaardebounen LUXEMBOURG smoked pork collar with broad bean sauce

Kachumbari BURUNDI KENYA RWANDA UGANDA chilli, lemon, onion tomato salad
Kalamarákia Yemistá AEGEAN MEDITERRANEAN squid stuffed with rice
Kalbsrahmgulasch mit Sauerrahmspätzle LIECHTENSTEIN veal stew with sour cream dumplings~
Kartofel’nyy Calat Картофельный Cалат BELARUS RUSSIA UKRAINE potato salad
Kerala Parotta / Paratha INDIA flaky flatbread
Khichuri BANGLADESH eggs with lentils
Khorovats / Mtsvadi / Shashlyk / Šašlykai Шашлык / Shish ARMENIA, GEORGIA, LITHUANIA, RUSSIA, UKRAINE skewered marinated lamb, beef or pork spit-roasted
Kibbeh LEBANON SYRIA TURKEY spiced bulgur and meat
Kilawing Tanguigue / Ceviche / Ota Ika PHILIPPINES SOUTH AMERICA POLYNESIA marinaded raw fish
Kilusalat ESTONIA sprat, potato and onion salad
Klopsiki w Sosie sery Plesniowe POLAND meatballs with blue cheese sauce
Kolokythokeftedes Κολοκυθοκεφτεδες GREECE courgette cheese balls
Kostica Костица MOLDOVA barbecued juicy pork on the bone
Kraška Jota SLOVENIA thick bean, potato, sausage and vegetable soup
Kuru Kiyma ve Patlicanli Pide TURKEY aubergine and meat flatbread

Loc Lac, Lok Lak, Lúc Lắc CAMBODIA THAILAND VIETNAM FRANCE aromatic beef, chicken, tofu
Lu Pulu / Lu Sipi TONGA meat marinated in coconut milk, baked in taro leaves in umu (underground oven)
Laksa Lemak MALAYSIA noodles in coconut soup
Lečo / Leczo / Lescó / Letscho AUSTRIA CZECHIA GERMANY HUNGARY POLAND SLOVAKIA SLOVENIA UKRAINE onion, paprika, red pepper, tomato sauce / stew
L’estocafic / E’stocafi FRANCE MONACO stockfish stew 
Leverpostej DENMARK liver pâté with anchovy

Mâche et de Roquette dans l’écrou Vinaigrette FRANCE SWITZERLAND dressed rocket leaves and valeriana leaves
Mackerel and Potatoes IRELAND
Mămăliguţă cu brânză şi Smântână ROMANIA cornmeal, curd cheese, sour cream with bacon
Mani Plov مانی پلو IRAN lentils, rice, fruit and meat with rice-yoghurt base
Marengo Viande de Veau FRANCE veal with garlic, wine, tomato sauce
Mee Goreng INDONESIA MALAYSIA SINGAPORE fried noodles with bean curd, chicken, fish cakes, potatoes, prawns and squid in an aromatic sauce
Ménggǔ Huǒguō 蒙古 火锅 CHINA Mongolian hot pot
Merluza en Jamón Serrano SPAIN hake in ham
Mešano Meso SERBIA mixed grill
Moambé Chicken / Nyembwe Chicken ANGOLA CONGO GABON chicken stew
Moros y Cristianos CUBA CARIBBEAN SPAIN black beans with white rice
Mousakás / Μουσακάς / Moussakás / Moussaka BALKANS GREECE MACEDONIA MOLDOVA MONTENEGRO TURKEY aubergine bake
Muschiulet de Porc Impletit ROMANIA braided pork fillet

Nasi Ayam Hainan MALAYSIA rice and chicken
Nasi Goreng BALI INDONESIA breakfast rice
Nasi Kuning INDONESIA yellow rice made with coconut milk and turmeric


Oeufs à la Pipérade BASQUE COUNTRY PAYS BASQUE sweet peppers with eggs
Oie Rôtie aux Fruits FRANCE roast goose with apple, pear / dried apricot, prunes
Orecchiette alla Cime di Rapa / Broccoli e Acciughe ITALY ear pasta with turnip tops / broccoli and anchovy
Ostfriesische Grünkohl GERMANY kale with bacon, onions and sausages
Ota Ika TONGA marinaded raw fish

Paella Mixta a la Valenciana SPAIN rice with beans, chicken and fish
Pak Bung Loy Fa THAILAND stir-fried greens with bean paste and oyster sauce
Paletilla de Cordero Confitada ANDORRA CATALONIA SPAIN slow cooked lamb with crispy vegetables
Pangasius Knusperli im Backteig SWITZERLAND VIETNAM SWITZERLAND VIETNAM pangasius (catfish) nuggets
Pastél / Pastél Anógaras CYPRUS GREECE honey brittles
Patatnik BULGARIA cheese and potato pie
Patta Gobhi aur Gajar INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT cabbage, carrot and coriander
Pečená Kachní Prsa CZECHIA roast duck breasts
Pel’meni Пельмени BELARUS MOLDOVA RUSSIA UKRAINE boiled / steamed stuffed dough
Peposa di Daino ROMAN ITALY venison in Roman-style aromatic red wine sauce
Pepperpot CARIBBEAN spicy pepper, salt beef, vegetable, coconut soup
Pepper Soup NIGERIA spiced assorted meat soup
Peshwari Naan INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT aromatic flatbread
Petits farcis Sardines et Thon FRANCE tomatoes stuffed with sardines and tuna
Picadillo CARIBBEAN SOUTH AMERICA piquant minced meat
Piperópita Pilíou Πιπερόπιτα Πηλίου GREECE Pelion pepper pie
Plasas GAMBIA SIERRA LEONE meat and vegetable stew
Platsindy / Plăcintă / Плацинды MOLDOVA ROMANIA UKRAINE pies
Plovlar Xocalı as Qarası AZERBAIJAN Khojali lamb rice with apricots, chestnuts, cranberries, onion, plums / prunes, raisins, turmeric
Pohane Bučke SLOVENIA fried courgette slices
Poronkäristys FINLAND reindeer, potatoes and lingonberry sauce
Pweza Wa Nazi ZANZIBAR octopus coconut curry
Pyshki Piterskiye RUSSIA St Petersburg ‘donuts

Ribarski Brodet CROATIA prawns, squid, white fish stew with beans and lemon juice
Rillettes de Fumé Haddock et Cuillères Citronnées FRANCE potted smoked haddock on bread spoons
Riñones al Jerez SPAIN kidneys in sherry sauce
Risotto al Tastasal / Risotto alla Veronese ITALY vialone nano rice with seasoned ground pork, parmigiano, rosemary, cinnamon in beef broth and white wine
Risotto alla Buranella / Risotto di Gò (ghiozzo di laguna) ITALY creamy rice in fish stock
Roast Pork and Apple Sauce, Onions with Crackling ENGLAND DENMARK
Rogan Josh ENGLAND spicy almond and lamb curry
Roggenbrot / Pains de Seigle SWITZERLAND rye bread
Ro Mazava de Zébu ao amin’ny Mafana Brèdes MADAGASCAR beef / chicken soup / stew with ‘hot grass’
Rosto GIBRALTAR pasta with meat and vegetables in tomato sauce

Samosa AFRICA (KENYA TANZANIA) EUROPE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT deep-fried spicy meat / vegetable pastries
Scampi IRELAND ITALY battered prawns / prawn dumplings
Shapkat ALBANIA cornmeal, cheese and leek / spinach pie
Shirin Plov AZERBAIJAN sweet rice
Smörgåsbord SWEDEN buffet
Spaghetti alla Carbonara ITALY USA pasta with bacon and cheese
Speķa Pīrāgi LATVIA bread rolls stuffed with pork crackling / bacon
Steikt Ýsa í Raspi ICELAND pan-fried haddock
Štruklji Sirovi SLOVENIA savoury / sweet filled pastries
Svinina s Chernoslivom Свинина с Черносливом MOLDOVA RUSSIA pork with prunes


Tajin Aldijaj طاجن الدجاج ARABIA LEVANT NORTH AFRICA sweet chicken tagine
Táng Cù Jī Sī 糖醋鸡丝 CHINA sweet and sour chicken shreds
Tarka Dal EUROPE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT spicy lentil soup
Teriyaki / Teri Chicken POLYNESIA chicken in sour-sweet fruit sauce
Testenine z Bob in Zaseka SLOVENIA pasta with beans and garlic pork fat
Thalassiná GREECE seafood pilaf
Thieboudienne SENEGAL rice and fish
Tinolang Bangus PHILIPPINES gingered milkfish soup
Tira de Asado / Chimichurri ARGENTINA CHILE PARAQUAY URUGUAY barbecued short ribs / parsley spice mixture
Tiroler Schmarrn AUSTRIA torn sweet pancake
Tokany HUNGARY paprika stew
Topik ARMENIA LEVANT stuffed chickpea and potato balls
Tortillitas de Camarones de Gaditano SPAIN shrimp fritters
Tortellini di Valeggio in Brodo ITALY handmade filled pasta in meat broth
Trinxat ANDORRA CATALONIA bacon, cabbage and potato
Truita de Patata i Ceba SPAIN potato omelette

Vatapá BRAZIL chicken with prawns in coconut and peanut sauce
Vindaloo INDIA PORTUGAL spicy meat stew

Walliser Käseschnitte SWITZERLAND Wallis baked cheese, ham and tomato slices with fried egg, gherkins and onions
Warri Mama Put aka Ofada NIGERIA tomato stew with fish / meat / vegetable
Wellington Pies NEW ZEALAND lamb pies

Yellow Man IRELAND sugar-syrup candy
Yú Dòufu Tāng 鱼豆腐汤 CHINA fish beancurd soup

Zhīma Dàngāo hé Zhūròu Mò 芝麻蛋糕和猪肉末 CHINA sesame cakes and minced pork

PLUS condiments and side dishes

Alicha Kimem አልጫ ቅመም ETHIOPIA spice mixture
Berbere በርበሬ ETHIOPIA spice mixture
Nit’ir Qibe የቅቤ ቅመሞችና ንጥር ቅቤ ETHIOPIA butter spices, clarified butter
Orange and Onion Salad سالاد پرتقال و پیاز IRAN orange and onion salad
Platanos Maduros CUBA CARIBBEAN WEST AFRICA fried sweet plantains

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