Allen James Grieco

Allen James Grieco

Senior Research Associate Emeritus
The language of food: natural philosophy and sumptuary laws in Renaissance Italy


Allen J. Grieco (PhD École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) has published extensively on the cultural history of food in Italy from the 14th to the 16th centuries. Currently co editor-in-chief of Food & History (Turnhout, Brepols). He is also series editor of “Food Culture, Food History before 1900” published by Amsterdam University Press as well as of the largest available online bibliographic database on the history of food in Europe.

Project Summary

Currently working on two new book projects. The first centers on food culture in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The second, in collaboration with two specialists of pre-Columbian and early colonial South America, examines the transitioning food systems that characterised these periods. This work will demonstrate how the taxonomic order first developed by the authors of medieval encyclopedias ultimately informed natural philosophers as well as Italian and Colonial consumers in a transatlantic cultural dynamic.

I Tatti Appointments

Fellow: 1988-1989
Research Associate: 1989-2003
Senior Research Associate: 2003-2015
Senior Research Associate Emeritus