Exact Editions is pleased to announce Petit Propos Culinaires (PPC) is now available to individual and institutional subscribers on its digital platform. Readers will have access to the full archive spanning over 100 back issues going back to the very first issue published in 1979. 

Users will have access to all back and forthcoming issues

Published three times a year by Prospect Books, PPC is an international journal on food, food history, cookery and cookery books. Edited and produced in Britain, PPC started in 1980 by Alan Davidson, Elizabeth David, and other writers involved in food history. The late Alan Davidson was the author of three works on seafood and fish cookery, as well as the author of The Oxford Companion to Food. The editing of PPC was taken on by Tom Jaine in the year 2000, from issue number 64. 

Exact Editions digital stacking interface allows for ease of access viewing the archive

The title translating as ‘little culinary matters’, PPC’s content is filled with thoroughly researched and unique food writing. With essays and notes on food, cookery and cookery books, each back issue normally contains 128 pages with articles on food history as well as book reviews. Food experts contained within its covers in the 2020s include Peter Brears, who writes on Yorkshire baking and traditional foods from all around the United Kingdom, Mary-Anne Boermans, and Sally Grainger whose works on Roman cookery are well known.

Essays and notes on food, cookery and cookery books are included in each issue

With a subscription to PPC, readers will discover a range of features including:

  • Fully searchable back issues.
  • Syncing issues for offline reading.
  • Cross-platform availability across web, iOS and Android devices.
  • A clean, high-quality interface faithful to the print edition.
  • New issue notifications alerting readers to the availability of the next issue.

Subscribers will have access to over 40 years of back issues with content on the origins and history of a variety of foods. Any food type can be searched across a single issue, year, decade or across the entire archive at a click of a button with an instant list of results, allowing for a quick and efficient way to research particular food subjects, making this digital resource a must-have for students of food history. 

Back issues span over 40 years including over 100 issues 

For institutions interested in requesting a free trial of the PPC, please click here.

Individuals can purchase an annual or quarterly subscription by clicking here.