During my master’s programme in Cultural History at Utrecht University I became fascinated by the history of food. Consequently, I wrote my thesis on food habits in the Netherlands. Its main question: why did it take so long for ready-made meals to become a success?
After my master’s, I did research at multiple universities on a variety of projects. This lead to several presentations and publications on food history. In these years, I focused on several questions: how much do people care about convenience, and why is a healthy diet so important to many? And what is the appeal of ‘exotic’ foods? The main point, though, was always : why do we eat what we eat? If you want answers to these questions, you can find out more in the menu above.
I received my PhD from Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in June of 2022. My PhD project (2017-2021) expanded my interest in food with a more general aim at analyzing the history of everyday life. It focuses on the promotion of ‘healthy’ lifestyles, thereby showing how our most basic choices in life are influenced by important ideas and values. You can read more about this project here.