What do the Queen of British Empire, Count de Talleyrand who negotiated keeping France as one country after Napoleon's defeat, and Russian aristocrat Count Alexander Stroganoff have in common? Their chef, the cook.
The cuisine of aristocratic families across Europe was truly international. Whenever rich gourmets of XVIII or XIX century (or their cooks) invented something new and delicate, it spread across Europe like wildfire. Unless, of course, the cooks kept it as a heavily guarded secret. Even then, the secret came out sooner or later and the recipes were added to the cookbooks used to satisfy the delicate taste and picky gourmets.
Here are some of those recipes.