Metric measurements

Discussion in 'Cookbook Reviews' started by ijreilly, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. ijreilly

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    Hello,

    I'm just a dude whose interest in cooking has steadily increased in the last few years. I am looking to buy Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.

    However, it seems to me that all versions have imperial measurements. Is there a version with metric measurements? How does this work in the cook book world? Of course it's not super difficult to translate measurements yourself, but I would rather not.

    Thank you.
     
  2. kevinashton

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    As a chef and food writer by best advice is avoid trying to translate metric to imperial or into cup measures (often seen in American recipes).  If a recipe has both metric and imperial side by side choose one and stick with it.  Some recipes may say

    25g = 1 oz (imperial) but if you try and convert it more accurately  1oz is actually 28.34952g.  Most UK scales have both imperial and metric measurements so buy a set of scales that has imperial measurements on it rather than trying to convert the recipe.
     
  3. foodpump

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    I think, personally, if a cookbook gives ingredients in only volume measurents, it' s not worth buying. A good book will have measurements in metric weight and perhaps imperial weight, like the books from C.I.A.

    For Chefs, and especially bakers, Imperial measuments are as stupid as fried cardboard:
    1) half and quarter ounces are not very accurate, espcially with spices or leaveners
    2)multiplying or halving a recipie is much more difficult
    But the most important reason is,
    3)costing out a recipie and doing inventory with metric weight compared to Imperial is like comparing a donkey ride to a a drive in a Porsche.
     
  4. kokopuffs

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    +++1^^^^   To blazes with Imperial measurements and that statement is from (EDIT) this american with a background in chemistry and an extensive background in (home) baking.  Metric is THE SIMPLEST AND QUICKEST way to go.  And get yourself a MyWeigh KD8000 scale along with a standard 5kg standard weight for calibration.  Period.

    Whoever invented the Imperial standard needs to face the firing squad!   /img/vbsmilies/smilies/laser.gif/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif  
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2015
  5. luc_h

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    As a Canadian, you will not get any rebuttal from my end, although we are almost completely converted to metric... construction is still in Imperial.

    A quick internet search yields that only 3 countries remain using Imperial units: Liberia, Burma (Myanmar) and the USA however, only the USA has not started a metrication program.

    That said, the Sciences have been metric for a while hence the reason your chemist friend has probably said that comment.

    Luc H.
     
  6. kokopuffs

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    My previous post has been edited!!!!  ;)
     
  7. luc_h

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    let me rephrase then: Someone with a chemistry background would probably dislike the Imperial system and prefer the metric instead....

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    Luc H.