Rachel Rich works on the history of food, eating and etiquette in nineteenth-century Europe. Her interests centre on class and gender, and how the food we eat, and the way we eat make us who we are. She is interested in cookbooks, diet fads and self-help manuals from the Victorian era. She is also interested in clocks and timekeeping, and in how people thought about and organised their time in the nineteenth century. As well, her research has led her to look at a range of spaces, both public and private, including dining rooms, restaurants, clubs and banqueting halls. She is interested in nineteenth-century interior decoration, and has had work published in the Journal of Design History.
Rachel has written on the history of food and eating among the English and French middle classes in Bourgeois Consumption: Food, Space and Identity in London and Paris, 1850-1914 published by Manchester University Press in 2011. Her more recent research is on ideas about time management, looking in particular about how cookbook writers advised women about timekeeping in the home.