# What is ' Tbs. ' in cooking ?

#### Banhri

##### New Member
Hello people,

I'm trying to translate some English recipes into French but there's a few words I don't really get. Is there someone who could help me please ?

What does ' Tbs. ' mean when one talks about ' 1 Tbs. butter ', for instance ?

When ' cup ' is refered to a ' half a cup of sugar ' for instance, is that a capuccino cup or espresso cup ?

I'm sorry for my stupid words ;o((

But thank you for your answers if you know them ! )

• #### bobepine

##### Senior Member
Hi,

Usually, the abbreviation is tbsp. for tablespoon. Be careful not to confuse with tsp. teaspoon.
A cup is 8 ounces.

(I'm sorry, I haven't yet learned to cook in metric!)

#### rpj123

##### New Member
table spoon: l'equivalent d'une cuillère

#### wildan1

##### Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)
1 tablespoon (1 Tbsp./T.) = une cuillerée à soupe
1 teaspoon (1 tsp./t.) = une cuillerée à café

Les recettes en Amérique du nord sont données en volumes et non pas en poids :

1 cup = 0,23 litre (mesure liquide ou solide indifféremment dans les recettes nord-américaines)
1/2 cup = 0,12 l.

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#### Banhri

##### New Member

Et merci à vous Wildan1 pour les précisions que vous avez apportées en ce qui concerne le " cup " !

#### wildan1

##### Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)
That's odd, Wildan, I learned it somewhat differently.

To me, a cuiller à soupe is 4 teaspoons, larger than a cuiller à table. And a cuiller à thé is larger than a cuiller à café.

Hang on, here's a good explanation: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit%C3%A9s_de_mesure_pour_la_cuisine

I was referring to the spoons the average person in France would find in their kitchen drawer. Since their recipes are measured out in weight, they don't have the precise system of measuring spoons we have in N. America. So you have to approximate with the household silverware if you're translating our kind of recipe!

#### Mezzofanti

##### Senior Member
A tablespoon is 15 ml.