Book Prize! The Viking Immigrants

The Viking Immigrants snatches the crown for “Best Book in Regional History (Prairies)” from the Canadian Historical Association!

Podcast Feature: Meant to be Eaten

Kind thanks to the fab food studies podcast, “Meant to Be Eaten,” for having me on to talk about The Viking Immigrants and “Icelandic Cake Fight,” my recent article on the history of vínarterta in Gastronomica. Check out the interview here! Image: Vínarterta by Arden Jackson, photographed by Nelson Gerrard, Eyrarbakki Icelandic Heritage Centre  


Books The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North Americans. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020 Articles “Icelandic Cake Fight: History of an Immigrant Recipe.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies 19, no. 4 (2019): 28-41. “‘Eskimo’ Immigrants and Colonial Soldiers: Icelandic Immigrants and the North-West Resistance, 1885.” Canadian Historical Review 99, no. 1 (2018): 63-97. (Winner of the 2019…


One of the most common markers of modern Icelandic North American identity is a seven-layered torte called vínarterta (vee-nar-terta), also popularly (mis)spelled “vinatarta” or “vinaterta.” For this English speaking and seemingly assimilated ethnic group, vínarterta is a remarkably consistent and popular symbol of ethnic identity. This torte is regularly served during special occasions, particularly at Christmas,…


Biography L.K. Bertram is a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Toronto specializing in the delivery of critical historical data through social media algorithms and the history of migration, gender, sexuality, and colonialism in the 19th century North American West. She is the author of The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North…