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Search Epicurious Food Dictionary:

This page lists not only English language glossaries, but those in other languages as well. Standard translation dictionaries tend to ignore cooking terms and food names are very regional.


Selected Books

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
Andrew F. Smith, editor in chief.
rq TX349.E45 2004 (2 volumes)
Riely, Elizabeth
The Chef's Companion: a Culinary Dictionary
r TX349.R48 2003
You can view this ebook online through NetLibrary (library card barcode required).

Web Sites

  • BBC Food: Ingredients
    Browse through an A to Z listing of ingredients from this British site.
  • The Epicentre Exotic Spices
    This online store includes an encyclopedia of spices for such rare things as zedoary and melegueta pepper (grains of paradise).
  • Epicurious Resources
    A site from the publishers of Bon Appetit and Gourmet that allows you to search for a term in their food or wine dictionary.
  • Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages
    "On these pages, I present solid information on (currently) 117 different spice plants. Emphasis is on their usage in ethnic cuisines, particularly in Asia; furthermore, I discuss the history, chemical constituents and etymology of their names. Last but not least, there are numerous photos featuring the live plants or the dried spices." Lots of ethnic herbs.
  • French: Patricia Wells French/English A to Z Glossary
    You can download and print out a .pdf or word version (40 pages) to take along with you.
  • Sify Glossary
    Hindi food terms.
  • Spanish/English Glossary
    Univision offers this Spanish to English and English to Spanish glossary.
  • Spain: Lingolex Spanish Food Glossary
    500 terms from English to Spanish or vice versa. Also books on Spanish cooking.