Read an Excerpt
From the Introduction
Do any of these scenarios sound like something that has happened to you?
• Rushing into the kitchen, grabbing pots and pans and the ingredients for a favorite, last-minute dinner, you're dismayed to discover you're lacking a key ingredient.
• Perusing a magazine, you settle on an enticingly simple recipe, but then you notice it has a couple ingredients you're sure can't be found locally.
• Finally ready to try that friend's fabulous recipe you printed out some time ago, you suddenly realize you might not have all the ingredients-in fact, you're not exactly sure what one of them is...
What to do?
After this happened to me a few times, I started to accumulate substitutions for a variety of ingredients. The list grew until it became a collection. And then a project. For many months, my family and friends sampled a lot of strange foods. Finally, it turned into my first book, Substituting Ingredients.
I-and about a hundred thousand other people-used this collection of substitutions for more than fifteen years, through multiple printings and successive, updated editions.
Attitudes toward food, cooking, take-out, and eating out have continued to evolve. We're all much more adventuresome now, so it's time for a new edition.
This book is simple to consult and much more comprehensive than previous editions. It contains all the spices, herbs, exotic fruits, and vegetables needed for modern cooking, so you can actually prepare the exotic recipes you see online, in print, or on television every week.
It's great if you've just forgotten to buy a critical component for a recipe, something as basic as lemon juice or eggs. Perhaps you don't have time to search for a rare item, like fresh Alaskan King crabmeat, or you don't want to gamble on an expensive ingredient you might only use once, such as saffron.
Substituting Ingredients contains over 1,000 substitutions and easy directions to make dozens of common condiments. There are tables for converting, measuring, and determining temperature equivalents, as well as instructions for simple formulas for household cleaners.
Whether you're making an easy weekday meal or an elaborate dinner for a celebration, whether you have time constraints, financial restrictions, or food allergies, once you have this book in your kitchen, you'll use it again and again.