Many a slip, 'twixt cup and lip

Jul 15th, 2001, 01:13 PM
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Many a slip, 'twixt cup and lip

Fodorite created problem; please help

A kind fodorite gave me an American cookbook recently (think they're trying to tell me something?)

Can anyone give me a translation for a "cup"? Preferably in dry and wet measures.

Jul 15th, 2001, 01:23 PM
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8 fluid ounces in US measure, or half a US pint, 1/4 of a US quart or 1/16 of a US (not Imperial) gallon.

250 milliliters will do very nicely as a substitute for liquid in virtually all recipes, although the exact conversion is 236.7 milliliters, or the same in cubic centimeters.


Jul 15th, 2001, 01:40 PM
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I just copied a whole table converting American cup measures into grams for my mum's website.

It's in a table so I can't post it here but have a look at

Jul 15th, 2001, 02:01 PM
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Thank you both; you're both wonderful
Jul 15th, 2001, 02:09 PM
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Hi sheila ,
here's another converion site, from WWR , kind of a cooking forum thing that comes 5 days a week with recipes from all over the world. I use it to convert the other way round since I always pick up cooking magazines and cookbooks when in the UK, even have a subscription to BBC Good Food , one of my favorite magazines
Jul 15th, 2001, 02:59 PM
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This brings up a point. A cookbook is a great gift, especially if your donee is a cook, and double especially if the donee is not a native to your country. But, as an extra help, it would be really great to give a set of inexpensive measuring cups and spoons along with the book. I've done that for Italian and British friends and they were so thankful. The $3-$4 I spent was well worth the extra punch to our friendship. I have one Italian friend who frequently writes to me, telling me she made something from the cookbook and how much her family liked it.
Jul 15th, 2001, 05:48 PM
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Sheila, apropos of the last post, I want to offer another URL with lots of conversion info (, because I'm not sure if you're aware that teaspoon and tablespoon measures are different in the US and UK--especially important if you're baking!

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