PPC (Petits Propos Culinaires)

Our journal of food studies and food history appears three times a year, and the editor is Sam Bilton, author of three books on the history of food. Our publication dates for 2023 are 6 April, 23 August and 13 December.
Books for review: email Sam Bilton on sjfbilton@gmail.com in the first instance, and by agreement post books to her. Please do not post books to Catheryn Kilgarriff, at Prospect Books, London as they will not reach Sam Bilton. If you would like to write or submit for publication, please contact Sam Bilton at sjfbilton@gmail.com.
If you have reviewed for PPC before, please contact Sam Bilton also, you are very welcome.


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PPC is edited by Sam Bilton. It was founded by Alan and Jane Davidson, Alan was the author of The Oxford Companion to Food. Tom Jaine was the editor of PPC from issue 64 to 126, August 2023. PPC is A5 format and normally contains 128 pages. As well as articles on food history, an issue contains 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 from PPC 114, (2019). 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, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 21, 27, 32, 33, 34, 39, 48, 49, 51, 52, 56, 60, 61, 73, 76, 77, 83, 84, 86, 90, 94, 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 £7.00. Click here to buy, then advise (catheryn@prospectbooks.co.uk) with the details of which article, and issue of PPC it comes from, so we can email it to you.

KITCHEN ARTS & LETTERS BOOKSHOP, New York commented in 2023:
‘Some of the world’s most adventurous food historians contribute to this thrice-yearly journal of articles and excerpts from works in progress… Although PPC may occasionally be noteworthy for its focus on arcana such as references to teapots in the novels of Laurence Sterne (we made that example up), this issue ranges widely… (it) includes Blake Perkins’ examination of the way citizens of Mobile, Alabama invented a cultural and culinary identity in the late 19th century. The 17-page article is never dry.’


View the whole back catalogue for Petits Propos Culinaires, the Contents page of each, and a sample article, by clicking on the numbers here.

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