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  • "A rare exception to the generally upper-class tenor of medieval cookery books is the mid-fifteenth-century Liber cure cocorum, written for those who could afford to practice only economical 'petecure,' literally 'small cooking.'* The preface outlines the principles of cooking on a budget: 'This craft is set forth for poor men, that may not have spicery as they would like.' The history of cooking is the history of class cooking."

    "* from the Old French <i>petite queuerie</i>."
    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 136

    December 2, 2016

  • Modest cooking; cooking on a small scale.

    May 2, 2009