Here you’ll find updates on research projects and news of any upcoming events & publications.
I opined about various food-related aspects of the coronation
A few weeks ago I was invited to speak on the inaugural episode of The Warwick History Hour
I spoke at a fascinating conference about the ‘Leicester’ Casta Paintings
Links to more interviews and talks about my research
Listen to an interview with Rocio Carvajal
I talked about the global history of potatoes with Natalie von der Lehr, from the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Studies, for an episode of the SCAS Talks podcast.
Watch an online talk about the surprising history of vanilla, delivered as part of the British Library’s Food Season.
It’s deeply dismaying that the inequalities in today’s Britain are in so many ways returning us to the early 19th century.
Old cookery books can tell us a lot more than just how to cook a meal. What do they reveal about topics as diverse as access to technology and the concept of truth?
On Thursday I will be participating in a roundtable discussion, hosted by the KJCC.
New article published in The Conversation
Earlier this month I discussed the history of mulled wine and other Christmas drinks for Resonate Festival. The talk is now free to watch on YouTube. Grab a glass and hear how these drinks have been part of Christmas celebrations over the centuries!
Katharina Delling and I explored the appeal of the full English breakfast, for her German food history podcast. Listen below!
I discussed Feeding the People with Daniela Gutierrez Flores for the New Books Network. You can listen to the interview online below, or via https://newbooksnetwork.com/feeding-the-people
Read a new article on clothing and colonialism, written for Psyche
On Tuesday I will be giving a lecture on the subject of Resurrection Rolls and other metaphorical recipes
Watch an online talk about my latest book, Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato
I was recently invited to speak about potatoes on the Earth Ideas podcast. Curated by environmental filmmaker Laura Mahler, Earth Ideas features long-form, unscripted interviews with academics, scientists & journalists about their areas of research. You can follow the...
A recent interview for Gastropod, on the subject of potatoes, is available to listen to now.
Links to some recent features and media appearances, in connection to the publication of Feeding the People
I am utterly delighted and surprised to learn that I have today been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.
My research was cited in an article by Michael Snyder, titled ‘What We Eat During a Plague’.
My latest book, Feeding the People, has been published today by Cambridge University Press.
My interview with Dan Snow, for the History Hit podcast, is available to listen to now.
‘Baked potato saved my life’, sang Matt Lucas, in a fundraising video for the NHS that brought smiles to faces across the UK. The joyful silliness helps explain its appeal. Of course a baked potato can’t save anyone’s life. Or can it?
A kind review of Feeding the People was published in The Telegraph today.
I shared my deep knowledge of the chip butty with Sam Hancock for Vice magazine.
Cambridge University hosted an entertaining two-day conference last week, 'Power, Promise, Politics: The Pineapple from Columbus to Del Monte'. The conference earned a mention on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, and I was very happy to be invited to speak about my...