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FODMAPs and International Food Terms

Guess what they call a spatula in British English? (This specimen is from my own collection of vintage kitchen utensils).

People from every country in the world have IBS, but food names and kitchen tool names vary from one place to another. I received a memorable piece of advice from a cookbook editor a few years ago: choose one "voice" for your book and stick to it. Naturally, my voice is American English, since I live in the United States, but I know I have readers around the globe. Today's post is devoted to making the language in my book, IBS--Free at Last! more accessible to those living elsewhere. I'll start the conversation with an excerpt from my 2014 publication, the Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook. What else should be on this list? I'm going to leave the comments for this post open for the next few months and I will update and expand the list of terms using your suggestions, so please do take the time to write in.

Appetizer is also known as starter

Arugula is also known as rocket

Baking soda is also known as bicarbonate of soda

Beet greens are also known as silverbeet

Bell pepper is also known as a sweet pepper or capsicum

Butternut squash is also known as butternut pumpkin

Canned is also known as tinned

Cantaloupe is also known as a rockmelon

Cilantro is also known as coriander leaf

Confectioner's sugar is also known as icing sugar or powdered sugar

Cookies are also known as biscuits

Corn syrup is also known as glucose syrup

Cornmeal is also known as maize flour

Cornstarch is also known as cornflour

Dessert is also known as pudding or afters

Eggplant is also known as aubergine

Endive is also known as chicory or witloof

Garbanzo beans are also known as chickpeas

Granulated sugar is also known as table sugar, white sugar, or sucrose

Green onions are also known as spring onions or scallions

Grilling is also known as barbecuing

Ground meats are also known as minced meats

Ketchup is also known as tomato sauce

Muffin is also known as quick bread

Peanuts are also known as ground nuts

Raisins are also known as sultanas

Raw shrimp are also known as green shrimp

Rice flour is also known as ground rice

Rutabega is also known as swede or turnip

Sausages are also known as bangers

Shredded coconut is also known as desiccated coconut

Shrimp are also known as prawns

Skillet is also known as frying pan

Slice of bacon is also known as rasher of bacon

Sole is also known as bream

Spatula is also known as a fish slice

Stew beef is also known as gravy beef

Stove is also known as range

Stove burner is also known as hob

Summer squash is also known as yellow or crookneck squash

Tuna is also known as tunny

Zucchini is also known as courgette (immature) or marrow (mature)