Food historian and writer. She studied at Sussex and Cambridge where she completed her PhD on the nabobs of the British Raj. After teaching at the University of Warwick she became a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. Books include Imperial Bodies: the Physical Experience of the Raj. c. 1800–1947, Curry: A Tale of Cooks & Conquerors and her latest, The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World. She also teaches at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, is an Associate Fellow of Warwick University, and Royal Literary Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge.