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Bryan Laird

Biography

Bryan Laird is a PhD Candidate studying early modern Spanish history and food history. He is currently writing a dissertation titled “Flavors of Empire: Spanish Foodways after the Bourbon Succession”, which explores the influence of French cuisine on their new dynastic neighbors in Spain, in a period typified by the rise of complex haute cuisine and more modern cooking methods. The monograph also discusses the continued culinary exchange between Spain and her imperial possessions in Italy, the Americas, and beyond.

Bryan was awarded the Paul and Elizabeth Selley Dissertation Year Fellowship in 2017.

Interests

Early Modern Europe, Spain, Food History, Colonial Latin America.