Book with food translations for France

May 31st, 2006, 12:09 PM
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Book with food translations for France

Can anyone recommend a good one? Ideally, one that describes the dishes, not just translates the main ingredient. I've pretty much got down how to ask for a bottle of wine and a caraffe of water, but beyond that I'm afraid we'll be lost. I am assuming the menus in Provence won't be translated into English (nor should they be), but I'd like to be able to figure out what we're ordering!
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May 31st, 2006, 12:37 PM
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My favorite is a witty little book called "What Kind of Food Am I?" You can get it at amazon.com; the book fits nicely into a pocket and provides excellent descriptions.

In Provence, watch out for pieds et pacquets, a traditional dish that is mide out of sheep's tripes.
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May 31st, 2006, 12:40 PM
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There is a free glossary available from www.intimatefrance.com or you can call their 800 number. It doesn't have translations, but if you put it in the seach forum, you will find several threads with links for other guides.
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May 31st, 2006, 12:41 PM
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If you have a printer, you can print Patricia Well's Glossary . it explains what the dish is but remember each chef may include things in a recipe that another wouldn't
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May 31st, 2006, 12:44 PM
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I was one of several people who created that food glossary that's on the Intimate France website.

If anyone wants it, email me at [email protected] and I'll be happy to send it to you. It does not exactly describe the dishes in detail, though.
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May 31st, 2006, 12:44 PM
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Sorry! It does have translations, but not pronunciations.
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May 31st, 2006, 12:46 PM
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OMG, thanks Lara, I forgot all about that. I have my copy somewhere!!
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May 31st, 2006, 01:49 PM
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Thanks so much! The Patricia Wells glossary is 40 pages long- that's a lot of information. St. Cirq, I'll email you for your glossary- thanks.
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May 31st, 2006, 03:32 PM
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Are any of these PDA compatable? Still thinking about one for this years trip to France. Can't decide whether to buy one and which format Palm OS or MS?? Any help would be great.
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May 31st, 2006, 03:44 PM
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This was enough to be helpful to me. I bought it at my local Barnes & Noble.

http://tinyurl.com/mwy8f
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May 31st, 2006, 03:56 PM
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Theresa, I hope the book is not depressing. We wre going to dine there but came the news of his suicide.
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May 31st, 2006, 04:02 PM
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Mine's a Word document, so you could load it onto anything, I suppose.
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May 31st, 2006, 05:07 PM
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We have one of those little translater books from B&N - I think 16 langusges - and have ripped it in sections for various trips. And have always found it useful enough.

It does have general info on popular dishes (obviously can't have all dishes - and chefs prepare everything differently anyway). But this gives the main idea - and happy surprises are the essence of travel - aren't they?
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May 31st, 2006, 05:48 PM
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This is a great thread and so timely because I'm flying off to France tomorrow. Many Thanks!

I dowloaded the Intimate France French Food Glossary and Wine Guide and plan to eat and drink very knowledgeably and very well!
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Jun 1st, 2006, 11:03 AM
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I copied the Intimate France glossary (without the section on wines) at reduced size, so I could get two pages on one and then double-sided it. I was able to get it down to a manageable four pages which, folded in half, should fit nicely in my bag. It looks like it will be very helpful in deciphering menus.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 12:14 PM
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Okay, I admit my ignorance. Who is Patricia Wells and where do I find her glossary? I'll carry a few extra ounces around to avoid eating sheep intestines. Thanks!
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Jun 1st, 2006, 12:44 PM
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Another good, pocket-size food guide is the Marling Menu Master. There's a whole series of them for various European countries. You can find them on Amazon and at any bookstore with a good travel section.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 05:53 PM
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topping: Who is Patricia Wells and how can I find her glossary?
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Jun 1st, 2006, 06:05 PM
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Here: click on Glossary.
She writes for the Herald Tribune in Paris and her books are popular. I like her though some put her down.

http://www.patriciawells.com/
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Jun 1st, 2006, 06:08 PM
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Thanks!
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