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Feb 15, 2011 09:44 PM

How to translate a Cookbook?

So I bought a cookbook in a language I can't read (it was for a good cause plus the pictures were attractive). Is there an easy way to translate a printed book?

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  1. typing it into Google Translate a few sentences at a time is all I can think of, unless you know someone who speaks that language.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      That's how I handle it. The translation and then the adaptation experience which normally follows is really a great deal of fun. Sometimes the substitution for ingredients gets to be a challenge but it's a learning experience par excellence.

    2. We buy cookbooks as souvenirs when we travel - needless to say, looking out for the tourist one in English. We bought one in Spain a few years back. Cover was in English as were the first few pages. Then it went to German. Wouldnt have been so bad if it had ben in Spanish but German is a not a language I've more than a few words in. Online translators do not seem to handle German well, I think because of the different sentence construction from the Latin based languages. But , as sunshine suggests, online is the way to go.

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      1. re: Harters

        Or you could have someone who specializes in food translations do it for you....

        1. re: linguafood

          Don't suppose it's a teeny bit possible that you know someone.....

      2. My mother bought me Larousse Gastronomique at a yard sale and fortunately I can speak French. Once I got to a brace of larks I really didn't care what language it was in.

        1. I should have mentioned, it's a chinese buddhist cookbook.. so I'm not able to type in the characters (well technically it might be possible but would take me about 10 years).

          1. If you REALLY really want to use it (your OP says no, but want at least something out of it) only way to go is a native-language user who cooks in that cuisine.
            No, if it were possible you bought it an good cause and want to try a recipe or two, and albeit with guests who saw ya buy it; Native cook, cater, get translation and food details. (for the dinner)