Powder-douce (poudre-douce), literally “sweet powder,” is a spice mix used in Medieval and Renaissance cookery. Like modern spice mixes such as “Italian seasoning,” “garam masala,” “taco seasoning,” etc., there was not a set ingredient list, it varied from cook to cook. The author of the 14th-century manuscript Le Menagier de Paris suggested a mix of grains of paradise, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and galangal.
- The Gentleman’s Magazine. Early English newspapers. F. Jefferies. 1905. p. 325. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- Breverton, T. (2015). The Tudor Kitchen: What the Tudors Ate & Drank. Amberley Publishing. p. pt268. ISBN 978-1-4456-4875-0. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- The Goodman of Paris (Le Menagier de Paris): A Treatise on Moral and Domestic Economy by A Citizen of Paris, c.1393