PRODUCE

American

English
Arugula Rocket
Bell Pepper Pepper
Boston lettuce Bibb lettuce
Celery root Celeriac
Cilantro Coriander
Eggplant Aubergine
Endive Chicory
English Cucumber Cucumber
Scallions/ Green onions Spring onions
Roma tomatoes Plum tomatoes
Rutabega Swede
Snow peas Mangetout
Zucchini Courgette

BEANS

American

English
Garbanzo beans Chick peas
Fava beans Broad beans
White beans Cannolini beans

BAKING

American

English
Baking soda Bicarbonate of soda (bicarb)
Bittersweet chocolate Dark chocolate
Semi sweet chocolate Chocolate chips
Sliced almonds Flaked almonds
Slivered almonds Sliced almonds
Cookie Biscuit
Cracker Savoury biscuit
Corn starch Corn flour
Cake flour Plain flour
All purpose flour Plain flour
Sugar Granulated sugar
Superfine sugar Caster sugar
Powdered sugar Icing sugar
Vanilla bean Vanilla pod
Golden raisins Sultanas
Molasses Treacle (equivalent)

DAIRY

American

English
2% milk Semi-skimmed
Yogurt Yoghurt
White cheese Yellow cheese
Yellow cheese Orange cheese
Heavy cream Double cream

BREAD

American

English
Hoagie Submarine roll’ sandwich
Kaiser rolls Large soft white sandwich rolls
Pita pockets Pita bread
Sandwich in a roll Butty
Whole grain Whole wheat

POTATOES

American

English
French fries Chips
Potato chips Crisps
Baked potato Jacket potato

OTHER FOOD ITEMS

American

English
Candy Sweets
Chicken Broth Chicken stock
Dessert Pudding
Diced tomatoes Chopped tomatoes
Granola Crunch’ cereal
Jelly Gelatin dessert/jello/jam
Popsicle Iced lolly
Red pepper flakes Crushed chilli flakes
Seltzer water Sparkling water
Tomato paste Tomato puree
Tomato puree Tomato paste

OTHER

American

English
Aluminium foil Tin foil
Blender Liquidiser
Can opener Tin opener
Cling wrap/plastic wrap Clingfilm

BEEF

American

English
Rib Roast Rib of beef
London Broil Flank/Top Round
Ground chuck/sirloin Mince
Kebobs Kebabs

CHICKEN

American

English
Chicken Breast halves One Chicken breast
Chicken Breast Whole breast intact (or 2 joined breasts)
Chicken cutlets Sliced chicken breast filets
Chicken tenders Mini chicken fillets (small flap on underside of breast)

PORK

American

English
Bacon Streaky bacon
Canadian Bacon Bacon/back bacon
Sausage Banger/sausage
Thin sausage Chipolata

OTHER

American

English
Aluminium foil Tin foil
Blender Liquidiser
Can opener Tin opener
Cling wrap/plastic wrap Clingfilm
Electric mixer Kitchen aid/equivalent
Garbage can Bin
Hand Towel Tea towel
Paper towel Kitchen towel
Broiling Grilling
Fish store Fishmongers’
Greenmarket Farmers market
Grilling Char grilling/BBQing
Grill pan Griddle pan
Skillet Frying pan
Produce store Greengrocers

4 Responses to “Translations”


  1. 1 rachelgrundy August 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Well, now I finally know what Rutebaga and Endives after four and a half years in New York. Thanks Anna!

  2. 2 JenntheAmericaninFrance February 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Now, some of the translations are actually the same in British and American English. Regional distinctions in consideration, most of this dictionary was spot on. However, we call the fish market the fish monger also. In America, a farmer’s market is where local producers can sell their products which are usually produce and some farm products such as eggs and milk. We use the word Chicken stock for broth. Broth is something you usually eat when you are sick and stock is something you cook with. We use pita bread for pita bread. Pita pockets refers to something that is usually a sandwich. We use coriander for the seeds and cilantro for the fresh leafy plant. Sorry, I’m a stickler for translations because I’m a translator and I’m stuck translating French into British and American English. Just a clarification.


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