About

I am a cultural historian of food and early modern religion, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. 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 leftovers and food waste, which will be published by Head of Zeus.

In early 2022 I will take up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Cardiff University, for my next research project, ‘Eating Exchanges: Food and Religious Encounter in the Early Modern World’.

As @historyeats on Instagram, I post daily food history facts, art, and recipes. I am co-founder of the AHRC- funded research group Cambridge Body and Food Histories, and I am currently co-convening the IHR’s Food History seminar.

Enjoy browsing my site!


Recipes In this section I share unusual recipes that I’ve discovered during the course of my research! Read more
Hidden History Maps Use the interactive maps to follow my hidden history journeys!  Read more
Blog Posts – A selection of blog posts from must-visit museums to a history of Easter eggs! Read more