Dr. Marta Manzanares Mileo
I am a historian of the cultural history of food in early modern Europe, focusing on early modern Spain. I received my Ph.D in 2018 from the University of Barcelona, with a dissertation on the history of sweets and the confectionery trade in early modern Catalonia. I also hold a BA in History from the University of Barcelona and a MA in History and Culture of Food (University of Barcelona/University of Bologna/University of Tours). In 2019, I was a visiting fellow at the Northrop Frye Centre (Victoria College, University of Toronto), and I currently hold a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship.
My main research interests include the history of (food) guilds, recipe books writing, and food production and marketing in urban contexts. More widely, I am also interested in cultural history, gender history, the history of emotions, and material culture. Currently, I am working on a research project that explores women’s food practices in domestic and urban spaces in Barcelona, exploring the many connections between gender and taste, but particularly the relationship between women and sweet taste in the early modern period.