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    Dr Lara Anderson

Dr Lara Anderson is a senior lecturer in Spanish at the University of Melbourne. Dr Anderson’s main research focus is Spanish culinary culture, from the role of gastronomy in Spain’s fin-de-siecle identity formation to Spanish cookery television shows as a site for gender critique. Dr Anderson has recently embarked on a new project looking at historical memory and culinary nostalgia. This builds on her interest in cookery books written during the Spanish civil war, as well as her research into contemporary Spanish gastro-tourism and the ways culinary culture is used to project and construct national identity. Dr Anderson teaching includes a subject on cuisine and identity in Spain and Peru, and her publications include the book Cooking Up the Nation: Spanish Culinary Texts and Culinary Nationalization in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century (2013).