PPC (Petits Propos Culinaires)

Our journal of food studies and food history appears three times a year (since 1980). Please send review copies of books for PPC to Tom Jaine, Allaleigh House, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DL. If you would like to write or submit something for publication, please contact Tom Jaine on tom.jaine@prospectbooks.co.uk.

Quick link: To browse the contents of the back issues of Petits Propos Culinaires, use this link:



Please use the links here to subscribe:

Individuals – UK 3 issue (one year) subscription £30.00


Institutions and Universities 3 issue (one year) subscription £ 55.00

https://Universities/Institutions 3-issue subscription from 2020

Individuals – UK 6 issue (two year) subscription £ 50.00


Individuals – Overseas 6 issue (two year) subscription £ 60.00


Individuals – Overseas 3 issue (one year) subscription £50.00



Use this link to see the whole back catalogue for Petits Propos Culinaires, the Contents page of each, and a sample article. Happy reading and ordering!


PPC is edited by Tom Jaine. PPC was founded by Alan and Jane Davidson. The late Alan Davidson was author of three standard works on seafood and fish cookery, as well as author of The Oxford Companion to Food. The editing of PPC was taken on by Tom Jaine in 2000, from issue number 64. PPC is A5 format and normally contains 128 pages. As well as articles on food history, an issue will contain several book reviews.  If you go to http://members.tripod.com/rdeh, you will find a consolidated index to numbers 1–55 as well as other information about the journal. Back numbers of the journal are available from Prospect Books in London (most are in stock, but not those listed below). Their individual price is £7 per issue, plus postage, but £10.00 per issue for the last three issues. If anyone wishes to buy over 3 back issues at one time, they are advised to contact Catheryn direct by email to secure a better price on the postage. Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 21, 33, 48, 49, 51, 52, 60, 61, 73, 86, 90, 96, 97 and 102 are out of print. We will supply a PDF of any of these issues, by email, for a price of £7. We will also supply any individual article as a PDF file for £5.00. Please use this link to buy, but then email us with the details of which article, and issue of PPC it comes from, so we can email it to you.


Note that the quality of the PDF is not quite as good as the original printing since the pages have been scanned, but the information is as good as ever. 

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