Pocketbook Guide to
that translates American food names
and measurements to British English.
The Pocketbook Guide
to American Cooking in England is an abridged version of the main book, American Cooking in England.
It contains two principal sections: a condensed
Names section plus the full Measurements
section from the main book (but no Recipes section).
The Pocketbook Guide was initially
designed as an aid to use when grocery
shopping in the UK, but it's also very handy at the DIY shops (to convert metric
measurements) and also as a quick reference right by the cooker (stove, US), for
checking yet again what gas mark to use for 450°F.
This 60-page section translates American food names and supermarket items to
British English, and offers advice regarding substitutes for American
ingredients. The translations (or brief descriptions)
are only of those American or American-named items one might have trouble finding
when grocery shopping in England. For example, it includes the British
equivalent of shortening and says where to find it, but for oleo,
it gives only the translation -- not the background behind the term, nor does it
include descriptions of American dishes like clam chowder (these all appear in
the main book).
The 19-page Measurements section contains equivalent weights and volumes (American;
metric), as well as other measures and guides such as egg sizes, can sizes,
cream and milk fat-content charts (so you can find the rough equivalent to
say, half & half), etc.
Author's note: Although this book is
titled The Pocketbook Guide to American Cooking in England, I think you
will find many of its entries apply to other parts of the British Isles as
well. I used 'England' in the title rather than 'Britain' because that is
where I live and that is the market I know (and the one the book is based
on). Scotland, Wales, and Ireland have their own foods and markets and
titling the book 'in Britain' would have ignored this fact. However, I
have pointed out regional or national differences in food names or preparations
whenever I've been aware of them.
Measurements section of Pocketbook Guide
Fluid Volume Conversions, page 75:
To convert from US pints to British pints, multiply by .8326645 (and not
by 1.2009638, as it is in the book). And to convert from British
pints to US pints, multiply by 1.2009638 (and not by .8326645, as it is
in the book).