Regula = Latin for law, rule or ruler (see Regula Benedicti) and also the female form for Regulus which means King.
Origins: 3rd century Roman Switserland. The only country where Regula is a name.
Ysewijn = Old East-Flemish – Germanic îsan-win ‘ijzer-vriend’ which means ‘iron friend’.
Regula Ysewijn was born in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of the trilingual Belgium in 1983. As a child she taught herself English at 8 years of age by reading Jane Austen and watching historical documentaries and costume dramas on the BBC. In her native language she has dyslexia.
Regula graduated art school as a graphic designer and specialised in ancient printing techniques like the art of lithography and wood cutting. Wanting to pursue the applied arts she then studied two specialist years in fashion design for which she designed and created a collection inspired by the complexity of the human mind based on historical clothing.
She briefly worked in fashion but disappointment in the industry she turned back to her roots in Graphic design. She worked as a senior graphic designer for large advertising agencies in Antwerp for 7 years during which she started writing and photographing for her blog (2010) as a creative outlet and a reaction against the commercial designs of her day job.
In the winter of 2013 she was offered her first book deal which resulted in becoming a freelance writer and turned into an extensive historical research and finally in 2016 the book Pride and Pudding The history of British Puddings Savoury and Sweet which was shortlisted for the prestigious Andre Simon Memorial Award, Fortnum & Mason Award and it was also a winner in the Gourmand World Book Awards for ‘Culinary Heritage’.
In 2016 Regula graduated from Culinary school which she had been attending in the evenings for 6 years, she also has a beer sommelier degree.
Her next book was ‘Belgian Café Culture – A Portrait of the iconic café’ (Luster) – it won the Gourmand world book award in the ‘Culinary History’ category in 2018. It is an ode to a fading culture and her Belgian roots. It was published in a bilingual edition English & Dutch.
In 2017 Regula took a break from writing books to focus on the first season of the Flemish version of The Great British Bake Off (Bake Off Vlaanderen) for which she is one of the two judges.
In 2018 the National Trust asked Regula to write the National Trust Book of Puddings. The book features the pudding recipes that she had wished she could have included in the already extensive Pride and Pudding she published in 2016 so this gave her the chance to finish her work in British puddings.
Her next book was published in Dutch in may 2019 and was called Brits Bakboek, a book with British baking recipes for a Flemish and Dutch audience.
She is currently writing her fifth book called Oats in the North, Wheat from the South with Murdoch Books. It will be published in the spring of 2020.
Regula lives in Antwerp with her husband Bruno Vergauwen who is a designer and illustrator who also creates the artwork for Regula’s books and projects. Regula is always found with her nose in historical cookery books and social studies and spends all her hard earned cash on antique kitchenalia like pudding and cake moulds but also has a weakness for vintage fashion.
Regula’s work has been featured by and she has made guest appearances for BBC One, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and The Food Programme, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Independent, Jamie magazine, delicious magazine, BBC History, and more. She is also a Great Taste Awards judge and a member of The Guild of Food Writers. For television she judges ‘Bake Off Flanders’.
- Pride and Pudding (Murdoch Books 2016, Carrera Culinair)
- Belgian Café Culture (Luster Books 2016)
- The National Trust Book Of Puddings (Pavillion 2019)
- Brits Bakboek (Book of British BAking) (Carrera Culinair 2019)
- Oats in the North, Wheat from the South (Murdoch Books 2020)
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