Food Dictionaries and Encyclopedia

BBC Online Food Glossary

British Broadcasting Corporation.

Provides definitions for many food ingredients and food preparation terms.


Baking Glossary

Home Baking Association.

Glossary of terms used in the baking industry.


Basics at a Glance! (PDF | 221 KB)

National Food Service Management Institute.

Defines abbreviations commonly found in recipes and gives equivalents for weights and measures.


Drinking Water Glossary

US Environmental Protection Agency.

Provides definitions of drinking-water related terms.


Food Glossary & Resources

Oregon State University.

Site provides various food-related information in data including a Food Glossary which provides technical and consumer-friendly information on a large list of foods, ingredients, and additives.


Glossary of Cooking Terms

University of Minnesota - Duluth.

Provides definitions for basic cooking terms.


Herbs and Spices (PDF | 439 KB)

Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Provides information on uses, storage, and history of spices.


History of the Spice Trade

UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. History and Special Collections.

Provides detailed descriptions of specific herbs and spices.


The Cook's Thesaurus

The Cook's Thesaurus.

Describes many ingredients and cooking terms. Includes pictures, pronunciation, and suggested substitutes.