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Substituting Ingredients: An A to Z Kitchen Reference Paperback – Jul 1996

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  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 3 Sub edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564407411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564407412
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,759,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Almost But Not Right 9 Mar. 2000
By Teantae Turner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping that it would come in handy when I realize that I don't have an ingredient on hand and need to make a switch in a pinch.
Though it has lots of substitutions, most are simply switches for ingredients in the same family (yellow onions ---> chives, etc...). Maybe I was expecting too much, but I was hoping that it would cover ingredients substitutions that weren't so obvious.
I would have given it a 4 star rating even so but my biggest problem is that the layout is really poor. Trying to find substitutions for red or white wine are either not in their or not in an order that makes sense to me anyway.
It is handy but not the end all, be all of books. Maybe the 4th edition will be better.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great reference 7 Nov. 2001
By TarStar - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you love cooking as I do, you'll know that much of cooking is based on experimentation. You'll also note that you may not have every ingredient a recipe calls for. This book is for you. It is a great reference of very worthy substitutes. I have been caught in several pinches and this book has been very helpful to use in a pinch. My dishes come out great and if I don't tell anyone, no one notices that a substitution has been made anyway.
I was pleasantly surprised to find at the back of the back, a list of "cleaning" recipes. I have been trying to get away from chemical cleaners for years. This book offers some great "substitutes" for store bought cleaners.
Bon Appétit and Happy Cleaning!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable Kitchen Helper 12 Aug. 2002
By Lynn Russell - Published on
Format: Paperback
Since I am the type of cook that likes to cook on a whim, I frequently start without the proper ingredients. This little book helps me to prevent flops in the kitchen. I like the way the substitutions are listed in descending order of preference. Also, some substitutions require an adjustment of other ingredients and this is mentioned also. I have taped this poem into the inside cover of my well-worn copy:
I didn't have potatoes, so I substituted rice;
I didn't have paprika so I used another spice.
I didn't have tomato sauce: I used tomato paste
(A whole can, not a half can - I don't believe in waste!)
A friend gave me the recipe; she said you couldn't beat it.
There must be something wrong with her: I couldn't even eat it!
(Author unknown)
There are also useful recipes interspersed throughout the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A must have! 14 Dec. 2001
By ilyse - Published on
Format: Paperback
Thought this book was great. Used it often at home when cooking and ran out of ingredients. It was a life saver while living in South America. I became the living encyclopedia for substitutions to all my friends in Argentina. Have had this book for a number of years and continue to find it very helpful. It would make a great gift for expert and novice chef alike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great for living overseas 26 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I live overseas and this book has been very helpful to me when I don't have access to an ingredient (such as tomato sauce--i use tomato paste and add the appropriate amount of H20 acc. to the book).
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