"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 petite queuerie." --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 136