Everyone has been in this predicament: you're at home, with no time (or desire) for a trip to the store-but the recipe you're using calls for an ingredient you don't happen to have on hand. With this book, you'll have a solution: substitute. In Substituting Ingredients, author Becky Sue Epstein has collected more than 1,000 easy-to-find, healthy, and cheap substitutions.
Substitutions for difficult to find items and common items you may not have on hand
Green, nontoxic household cleaner solutions
Less expensive ingredient options
The best ways to measure fruits and vegetables for recipes
Simple recipes for condiments, sauces, marinades, and spice mixtures
Strategies to remedy too much or too little of an ingredient
"With this paperback on the shelf there's no need for mad, midrecipe dashes to the grocery store."
We've only had it a few days and already love it. It's clear and concise, easy to use, and so far it includes everything we've ever wanted to find a substitution for. Wish we had this book years ago (Nibbles of Tidbits 2010-06-03)
This astonishingly comprehensive 2010 edition covers all manner of kitchen swaps, which will see you through kitchen crises all year long.
Some of the listings are for recipes, including one of my favorites, zaatar. Others are for straight substitutions, such as using anchovy and soy sauce for nam pla. Still others are not quite direct swaps, but as if the understudy is stepping in for the star: perhaps different, but the show-and dinner-will go on.
(NY Daily News 2010-06-03)
In summary, I love the concept of this book as it remind people to have fun in the kitchen and to use what you have and not panic. Also, when you substitute an ingredient, you often end up with new recipes and new flavor profiles
I think this book would be an excellent resource to have in your kitchen at home and would be a great (and affordable) gift. (Savor the Thyme 2010-06-03)
Becky Sue Epstein is a master of detail. She is respectful of tradition and environmentally sensitive remedies for the kitchen and home. Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference is a convenient tool and a good read, especially if you eat, drink, cook, or clean! (Wine Fairy 2010-06-04)
I find myself referring to it quite often and I'm sure you will to, [and] this is a kitchen must have if you do any amount of cooking or baking at home. (Lola's Diner 2010-06-10)
This book is a wealth of knowledge. Perfect for the thrifty or dare I say lazy (just me ladies, I can say that about me) cook. I was intrigued and saw that there were tons of great substitutions for all kinds of things. Saffron! Have you ever hmmmed and hawwed over a fourteen dollar bottle of saffron? Well, tumeric or marigold petals for color will do just fine in a pinch. (Ladies Sewing Circle 2010-06-10)
FruHo loves this, because it gets at one of the central philosophies of her life - the idea that you should use what you have. Having at one point been the kind of cook who would run out two or three times in the process of preparing a recipe, TFH really digs that you can just flip through and find a substitution. Epstein also lists when you cam omit an ingredient, like when a recipe calls for less than one tablespoon of orange zest or less than half a cup of fiddlehead ferns. Also, the book is a petite paperback, so it fits handily in your spice cabinet or drawer of utensils. (The Frugal Hostess 2010-06-10)
This book is handy and its small size makes it perfect to stash in the kitchen for quick use. (Lacy Matharu Southern Lace 2010-06-10)
This little book has tons of substitutions and information to use in everyday cooking. Not only that but it is in an easy-to-read and easy-to-use format. I have already found a home for this right in my spice cabinet (it has much more than just spices, but that spot just works for me). This book will help whenever you are out of one thing and need to substitute something else or even if you just don't want to spend the money on an expensive ingredient on a new recipe. The book also gives some common item weight equivalents which I think are awesome!
(Robyn Wright Robyn's Online World 2010-06-10)
This little book is quite thorough and passed my spot tests for the accuracy of the advice. I'll have it near my phone/computer when I man the ChefsLine help line in the future. (Kevin Cooking For Two 2010-06-17)
About the Author
Becky Sue Epstein is an experienced editor, broadcaster and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food and travel. In addition to writing books -- most recently The American Lighthouse Cookbook -- she is also an editor at Intermezzo Magazine, The Tasting Panel and www.PalatePress.com. She travels frequently and has lived on the East and West Coasts of the US as well as in the UK, the Middle East and Europe.
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