New in the Market: The Food Substitutions Bible, 2nd Ed.

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on February 14, 2011 · 1 comment

We love to read new books about food. Some are great and become staples in our kitchen. Others don’t measure up. See what you think.

I’ve owned and used The Food Substitutions Bible for many years. I found the first edition well organized and comprehensive. When the second edition was announced, my first thought was, How can this book be made better?

Well, the second edition is definitely better. Author David Joachim has added 1,500 new food and equipment substitutions, bringing the total to 6,500, and five new tables in the appendix. All substitution entries are listed A (A1) through Z (Zwieback), giving a description of the food or piece of equipment in the left column with options for substitutions in the right column. The layout is set up for quick reference and easy reading.

Joachim has addressed the mushrooming interest in foods and cooking that has happened since the book was first published in 2005. He’s added entries such as agave nectar and XO sauce (a rich, spicy Chinese seafood sauce created in Hong Kong). Among the new appendices added Picking Coffee (which has become more complex than choosing wine) and Alcohol Retention in Cooking (even after 2.5 hours some alcohol still remains) are particularly relevant.

All cooks have found themselves in the middle of a meal or making a special dish after the stores have closed only to discover they are missing an ingredient or don’t own a special pan — the answer, The Food Substitutions Bible (Robert Rose, Inc., 2010, $24.95, ISBN:978-0-7788-0119-1). This book is a staple to own.

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Bette February 16, 2011 at 3:21 am

There is only one thing better than shopping in Hong Kong, and that’s eating. From small noodle joints to upscale French restaurant, you will locate all sorts of restaurant, eating hall and snack stall on earth in Hong Kong. Here I found small amount of Hong-Kong-styled snacks online (yummiexpress.freetzi.com). This is definitely a good choice before I have $ for another trip.

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