Cookbooks in languages besides English
Have you used cookbooks in languages other than English? One of the reasons I ask is that we watched Julie and Julia last week-end, and Julia mentioned that there were no French cookbooks in English when she first started hers. As a result of her books, I have not bothered to look at cookbooks in French (although I could), and the first cookbook I bought in another language was German. I ordered it from a publisher in Germany that published some of the German books I had to buy while studying German at university. Then I found out that everything was metric, and so I had to buy metric measuring tools. Most of the recipes were very unappealing to me, but I wanted to learn about German cooking. My grandmother was Alsatian and spoke German, but her cooking was more similar to French, I think. I've looked at recipes in Italian, but they seem mostly to be available in good translations. I can pretty much decifer recipes in Dutch because the culinary words are similar enough to German. I have several Mexican cookbooks in Spanish, but they are no better than the ones available in English.
Is there something I'm missing out on by not being able to read Greek, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese? I always wonder if something is being left out in translations.
What languages are you able to read? I can decifer Russian, but I haven't been compelled to look for Russian recipes. I got a Brazilian recipe on a package of what I think is hominy from a Brazilian store and asked the woman at the store if she could read Portuguese. She said "yes", and so I asked her to translate the recipe for me, but unfortunately she did not know enough English to help me.
Is there anything you can think of that needs to be translated that is not available in English?