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Helen Leach

Helen Leach is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago. Her research interests include the evolution of human diet and prehistoric horticulture.

Leach’s book The Pavlova Story was shortlisted in the Montana NZ Book Awards 2009. With food-writer Mary Browne and food history researcher Raelene Inglis, she has also written an illustrated history of the Christmas Cake: The Twelve Cakes of Christmas: an evolutionary history, with recipes (2011).

Helen Leach has also written two garden history books: Cultivating Myths: Fiction, Fact and Fashion in Garden History (2000) and 1,000 Years of Gardening in New Zealand (1984), co-authored ten others, and published over 60 articles in international and New Zealand journals.