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Annamaria Valent



Early Modern Anglo-Iberian Food and Recipes: Reception, Resistance, Identity

Supervisor: Professor Helen Smith (York) and Dr Iona McCleery (Leeds)



I am a WRoCAH-funded PhD student working within the network “Cultures of Consumption in Early Modern Europe”. I completed my BA (History and Philosophy) and MA (History and Philosophy) at the University of Udine in 2007 and 2009 respectively. I also hold a Diploma in “Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Sciences” at the State Archive of Trieste, 2011. After teaching Italian in Spain and Australia I moved to the University of York where I completed the MA in Early Modern History in 2014.

My PhD offers the first detailed account of the reception of Iberian culinary and related knowledge in early modern England, rooted within a broader understanding of food as medicine, recipe translation and transmission, in print and manuscript, and the movement of foods between the New World and Europe, from 1500 to ca. 1680. My thesis shows the networks of people at the heart of such reception ultimately demonstrating the crucial relation between food choices, national culture and religious identity. I thus contribute to the developing field of Anglo-Iberian studies, according to which a better understanding of early modern England’s relation with Iberia, and with Spain in particular, is of key significance in appreciating English culture.

I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary and multi-lingual research, rooted in a comparative approach to sources and historiographies as well as in the theme of “fictionality in historical writing”. Dante’s Comedìa remains my lifelong passion.

Papers and publications


  • 19 May 2018 | Workshop | “Late Medieval Textual Sources for The Study of the Diet of Wealthy Spaniards,” The Diet Group Annual Meeting, University of Oxford – invited speaker.
  • 21 October 2017 | Conference | “‘The Author’s Journey After Oranges’: Early Modern Food and Food Ways in Anglo-Iberian Perspectives,” in panel “Anglo-Iberian Food for Thought,” Anglo-Iberian Relations: From the Medieval to the Modern Conference, Zafra (SP), 19-21 October 2017.
  • 16 November 2016 | Seminar | “Not Only Don Quijote: The Reception of Iberian Culinary and Medical Knowledge in Early Modern England,” The Department of History Research Seminar, University of York – invited speaker.
  • 1 April 2016 | Conference | “Anglo-Iberian Reception of Food knowledge from the New World: Stubbe’s The Indian nectar,” in panel “Food Cultures in a Transatlantic and Transnational Perspective,” The Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, 31 March -2 April 2016.
  • 12 October 2015 | Conference | “Anglo-Iberian Networks and the Exchange of Medical and Culinary Knowledge 1500-1650,” The department of History Graduate Conference, University of York.


  • Forthcoming, July 2018 | Book Review | Christopher Kissane, "Food, Religion and Communities in Early Modern Europe," in Journal of Early Modern History.
  • 5 June 2017 | Book Review | Jodi Campbell, “At the First Table: Food and Identity in Early Modern Spain,” in Renaissance Studies – online version.
  • 2 Sep 2016 | Blog: The Great Fire of London Viewed From Abroad,” in The National Archives website.

Contact details

Ms Annamaria Valent
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD