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Glencoe House Publications,
Glencoe House cookery
designed for both British &
*All copies of American Cooking
in England have sold out.
American cook's search for clarity
And not just clarity — for ease of cooking too.
for Cooking converts, by ingredient, US cups to weights, and vice versa.
And it's handy for quick conversions of length, and temperature, too. It's in
constant use in our kitchen.
to cook American recipes:
A half-cup of butter called for? Look up the weight of one cup of
butter and divide
that weight in half. Place a bowl on your scale and set it to zero
grams. Then scoop butter into the bowl until the scale shows
the weight of a half-cup of butter.
One cup of shredded carrots called for? Look up the weight of 1 cup of
Set your scale to zero grams, and place carrots on it till you've the
weight of I cup shredded.
Then shred those carrots.
Originally designed as an aid for international food
to help with converting US & UK measures,
for Cooking is still in print today,
Sarchioto's Italian-American family recipes
Middie is a Canadian-born and Schenectady, NY-raised woman and
a natural cook who, in the 1960s, married into an Italian-American
family. Her mother-in-law, Francesca, moved in the 1940s from Naples, Italy to
Schenectady, New York. The Italian recipes Francesca taught Middie were not written down — until now.
In 2006, Delora Jones travelled to Schenectady to document the ingredients and methods of Mid's family recipes.
This slender collection of
Francesca's Italian recipes and Mid's American family recipes has been
written for both American and British cooks. Ingredient amounts are given
in US cups for Americans and also metric weights for Brits. (Or will the UK be reverting to pounds and ounces soon? If so,
there's the Measurements for Cooking book as well . . .)
— A guide for buying American ingredients in British supermarkets
This pocket-sized guide is for
translating & converting American cookery items, terms and
measurements to British English. Originally published in 1998, it
remains a helpful pocketbook for using today. It is still in print
American Cooking in England
copies have sold out.
Where do you look for books online?
When you're looking for a particular book, where do you
first look? Amazon?
And if Amazon say the book is
unavailable, do you then try to find it elsewhere?
editor from Pavilion Book Co. in London contacted us, saying:
"I used your Measurements for Cooking pretty much daily at
my previous work and I'd love to order a copy for reference here at
Pavilion but Amazon has it as currently unavailable. Do you have
any copies to sell? It's such a useful resource!"
Measurements for Cooking IS
available, directly from us (the publisher), and also from Foyle's
Bookshop, and can be ordered from other bookshops too if you ask.
When Amazon say a book is unavailable
— or only available used,
don't stop searching; try other web sites, starting first with the
Amazon might direct you to Abe Books for a used copy (Amazon acquired Abe Books in 2008),
but they don't direct you to the publisher of the book, who might have unused
copies in stock.
We've contacted Amazon
many times since 2011 asking
them to correct their listings of our books but they don't. (2011 is when we first noticed our sales of The Pocketbook Guide
to American Cooking in England had gone from one to two a week, to
about one a month. That's when we found Amazon had
started listing our books as unavailable.)
When I looked online on 18 April 2019, Amazon.co.uk didn't list any
new copies but did list a single copy
of Measurements for Cooking (used), at a price starting from
£200! (On that same day, Amazon.com also listed no new copies but did list a used one
starting at $99.)
a lot cheaper direct from us, the publisher, or ordered through a physical
bookshop, and that's for a new, not used, copy.
So for the record:
These books are all in print and are available NEW:
Measurements for Cooking —
In Middie's Kitchen —
The Pocketbook Guide to American Cooking in England
The only book of ours that has sold out and is no longer
available new is:
American Cooking in England
last updated: 6 November 2020
Glencoe House Publications create cookery books designed
for ease of use in both British and American kitchens. We are a small family publisher in Burton upon Trent,
Our books are
published in response to a need, and are
written, designed and printed in England.
1998 with two books, American
Cooking in England (now sold out) and The Pocketbook Guide to American Cooking
in England, published to fill a need: that of translating and
converting American cookery items, terms and measurements to British
for Cooking was published also to fill a need: that
of converting cookery volumes (e.g., US cups) to weights (e.g., grams), and vice
versa. This book was designed for ease of use by international
food editors who have to work quickly. It has many tabbed sections for quick reference, and
includes handy hints such as how to make your own baking powder, self-raising flour,
vegetarian jelly [jello], etc., plus a smattering of about 10 recipes
(e.g., seeded soda bread, meatloaf, pancakes, peanut butter patties).
It is also especially helpful to the British home cook for converting downloaded American
& Canadian recipes, and as a quick-reference
aid in the kitchen.
2013, we printed In Middie's Kitchen.
This book, a family publication (Mid Sarchioto and Delora Jones are
sisters), contains Mid's family recipes, a good number of
which are Italian recipes, passed on to Mid by Francesca, her Neapolitan
mother-in-law. These recipes had always been cooked by rote —
none had been written down.
To preserve the family recipes, Delora Jones travelled from the Midlands
in England to Mid's in Schenectady, New York and watched as
Mid cooked, writing down the ingredients and methods used.
Delora wrote the recipes for both American and British cooks, with
separate British recipes where needed.