Food critic and cookbook author Patricia Wells put together a downloadable version of her FrenchEnglish Food Glossary, to make eating in France less of a guessing game for those who don't speak French.

"In preparing this glossary," she says, "I have tried to limit the list to contemporary terms, making this a practical guide for today's traveler in France. Translations are generally offered for those dishes, foods, and menus, in markets, expressions or terms phrases one is most likely to encounter on menus and in shops. I have also added regional terms one might not find explained elsewhere."

The glossary is available as a Microsoft Word .doc and an Adobe .pdf, so pick the format you like most, and print it out or put it on your PDA for the next time you fly to Paris.

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