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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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friandise a French word meaning a dainty or delicacy, usually a small item of sugar confectionery or a little cake eaten from the fingers. This word, having been out of fashion in English for some centuries, recently came back into vogue for describing petits fours and sweetmeats taken with coffee after dinner.


  1. Reading Perrier-Robert (1986).