Karin Vaneker graduated from the AKI Academy of Visual Arts in Enschede, the Netherlands and later attended Sint-Lukas, Higher Institute for the Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Since 1999 she has written articles about food for numerous Dutch newspapers and magazines, specializing in the cultural and other histories of ingredients and cuisines. In recent years she has written books, and contributed to several publications and reference works, including the Encyclopedia of Food Cultures of the World (ABC-Clio); They Eat That? (ABC-Clio); Reimagining Marginalized Foods: Global Processes, Local Places (University of Arizona Press); Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America; Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (Springer); Ethnic American Food Today Encyclopedia. (Altamira Press); The Encyclopedia of World Street Food (ABC-Clio) and Food : an Atlas. (UC Berkeley). In 2003, Vaneker started researching edible aroids (taro), a venture that, in 2007, resulted in an exhibition in Amsterdam, and several presented papers and publications.