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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Review - Substituting Ingredients, The A to Z Kitchen Reference

I recently received a copy of Substituting Ingredients, The A to Z Kitchen Reference by Becky Sue Epstein.

I have to say, this is a kitchen must have if you do any amount of cooking or baking at home. 1,000 kitchen substitutions. Don't like a particular ingredient? Look up a substitute. Don't have a particular ingredient in your kitchen and don't want to make a mad dash to the grocery store? Look up a substitute.

For example, say a recipe calls for Butter or Margarine and the kids just used the last of it on their toast for breakfast. 1 Cup Butter or Margarine is equal to 7/8 of a cup of vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil.

The book also includes substitutions for a long list of spices. (Who has room in their kitchen for every single spice that one could ever need?)

Also included are measurement equivalents, including metric and a guide for temperature equivalents. disaster. In the back of the book are simple solutions to salvage most cooking disasters.

The final chapter includes kitchen formulas for how to make your own cleaners and what to use to clean various things.

There are also a number of recipes in the book.

All in all, this is an excellent addition to any kitchen. I find myself referring to it quite often and I'm sure you will to.

About the author:
"For the past 20 years Epstein has been providing food, wine and spirits coverage for local, regional and national publications on both the East and West Coasts, from Art & Antiques and Luxury Golf & Travel to Food + Wine and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television during the 1980s and early 1990s. Having lived abroad for several years, her expertise includes food history and travel, entertaining, aperitifs, dessert wines and spirits."
Substituting Ingredients, The A to Z Kitchen Reference by Becky Sue Epstein is currently available at, Barnes &,, and your local bookstore.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this book to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Melinda said...

thats something I would really love to have in my kitchen

The Diva on a Diet said...

I'm a big fan of making due with what you have on hand and substituting ... so this sounds like the book for me! Wonderful recommendation, Lola, I want it! :)

A.Marie said...

Hi there! I am bookmarking this post so I can find it when I am cooking/baking and need some help!! :)

Thanks for your comment on my blog...I could not stop laughing!! Especially when I got to the part of the story where he hit the mailbox. Oh my Gosh...I can totally relate to your needing 3 weeks to recover!!! lol

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