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 (13th-19th centuries)” 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 a new book on food culture in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. I hope to show how the taxonomic order developed by the authors of Medieval encyclopedias informed 16th century natural philosophers such as C. Gessner and U. Aldrovandi but also, more prosaically, sumptuary laws in formulating what was deemed to be excessive luxury.

I Tatti Appointments

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