I am a cultural historian of food and early modern religion, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2020). Using food as a lens through which to view the past offers unique insights into the daily lives of ordinary people as well as wider cultural, economic, political, and religious historical processes.
My doctoral thesis explored the relationship between food and religion in the English Protestant Reformation and the Italian Catholic Reformation, c.1560 – c. 1640. I am currently working on turning this into an academic book entitled The Reformation of Food.
I am also currently writing a trade book on the history of food waste, which will be published by Head of Zeus.
My new project, ‘Eating Exchanges: Food and Religious Encounter in the Early Modern World’ is funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Cardiff University.
As @historyeats on Instagram, I post daily food history facts, art, and recipes to a wonderful community of over 20,000 people. I am co-founder of the AHRC- funded research group Cambridge Body and Food Histories, and a past convener of the IHR’s Food History seminar.