Read itApr/May 2011 Issue

Living Without's Favorite Books: Replacement Parts

Ever been in the middle of a recipe and don’t have an ingredient? So have we. The Food Substitutions Bible (Robert Rose, 2nd edition) is for people like us. This 695-page reference book by David Joachim offers substitution solutions for ingredients, equipment and techniques when you’re in a pinch—or not. Out of salt? Joachim’s got it covered. No coriander root? No problem. With over 6,500 substitutions covered, the everyday and the esoteric are all here. This book doesn’t target food allergens per se but it does include replacement options for eggs and a chart on alternative (gluten-free) flours. Packed with practical advice, including a comprehensive guide to choosing varieties of foods from pears to potatoes (two pages just on fresh chilis), this is a handy go-to reference for anyone who spends time in the kitchen.

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