YOU wouldn’t find the ancient Greeks encouraging their children to have their five-a-day. They believed that too much fruit could cause fevers. And if you happened to be an ancient Egyptian, mushrooms would be off the menu unless you were one of the elite. Only Pharaohs ate the precious fungus as they were associated with immortality. Those are just two of the stories told in The Story of Food, a fascinating and beautifully illustrated history of everything we eat, which is published by DK. It costs €28 in hardback.