This young male, buried at a prehistoric site in Central Sudan, probably munched on the roots of a plant called purple nutsedge. Donatella Usai/Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani hide caption

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Stargazy Pie, a cornish dish named for the way the fish heads poke through the crust towards the sky. Courtesy of Sandy Levins hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of Sandy Levins

How a wealthy table set with a second course in the month of January would look, according to Mary Smith of Newcastle, in her 1772 book, The complete house-keeper and professed cook. British Library hide caption

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