Laura hails from the deserts of Arizona but has been spending the last few years in the Great White North of Toronto.

She first got her taste for history during her undergraduate in sunny San Diego but gave up the sun & surf to study medieval history, first at the University of Toronto and then at the University of Oxford.

While she was completing her master's and doctorate, she found a passion for productive procrastination through cooking for her friends and colleagues. She started a food blog, A Foodie's Footnotes in 2009 as a way of tracking her procrastination creations. 

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After her doctoral work, Laura headed to Canada where she taught history & classics at Queen’s University for five years, winning the W.J. Barnes Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016 and the History Department’s Teaching Award in 2017. 

Her love of history and food finally came together when she started The Feast Podcast in May, 2016, an exploration of the great meals that made history.

Since then, she has also developed and led culinary tours and adventures through Toronto and southern Ontario with The Foodies Group and Heritage Toronto.

She has also written articles on great moments in food history. 

You can get in touch with her here or learn more about her academic research and publications here


Doctor of Philosophy in Medieval History (2012) Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Master of Studies in Medieval History (2008) Oriel College, University of Oxford

Master of Arts in Medieval Studies (2007) University of Toronto: Centre for Medieval Studies

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (2006)  University of San Diego