Substituting Ingredients – Book Giveaway

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I was recently given the opportunity to review Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference by Becky Sue Epstein. This is the 4th edition of this handy little guide that would be a welcome addition to any kitchen, from the novice cook to expert chef. Not only does the book give you substitutions for a plethora of ingredients, it also contains:

  • Conversions from weight measurements to volume (nice to know how many apples = 1 cup, for example)
  • Simple recipes for condiments, sauces, and spice mixtures
  • Green, non-toxic household cleaning solutions
  • Tips to fix too much or too little of an ingredient

And it all comes in a handy little book, that easily fits in the palm of your hand. Even if your kitchen is already packed full of recipes, gadgets, and ingredients, you’ll be able to find room for this.


After giving the book a read through, I’ve compiled my list of likes and dislikes.


  • Very comprehensive list of ingredients, including some I hadn’t even heard of – and I consider myself a pretty well versed cook.
  • The condiment/spice mixture/sauce recipes. Perfect when you don’t want to buy a whole jar of something you might only use once.
  • Herb & Spice Guide – a section dedicated to substitutes for various herbs & spices. Awesome when you don’t want to add another jar to your collection.
  • The green cleaning solutions.


  • Some of the substitutions seem a little too obvious – like how you can sub in any bean or berry for what a recipe calls for. Duh?
  • Too many listings that then refer you to the master listing. I’d rather see less of that, and just have a disclaimer that says to look up the generic ingredient (winter squashes come to mind).

Overall though, I think this book would make a welcome addition to anyone’s kitchen, because we’ve all had recipes that we don’t have all the ingredients for, and have to decide whether to spend the money on the ingredients or not make the recipe.

And now, one of my readers will also get the chance to own a copy of this book!

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post.

For optional additional entries:

  • Tweet about the contest, ensuring your include @fache79 in your tweet.
  • Link back to the giveaway on your blog.

The contest is open to all readers, and entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm Monday, June 21, 2010. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 22. Good luck!


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37 Comments on “Substituting Ingredients – Book Giveaway”

  1. June 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi – I would love to win a copy of this book!!

  2. June 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Cool! I’m a recipe book addict… and clueless about spices! I keep buying new ones to make one recipe. Holy random spice jars Batman.

  3. June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    this looks like a super cool book!

    i’m always consulting google on substitutions

  4. June 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    There is nothing worse than being halfway through a recipe and realizing you’re out of something. That book sounds fabulous!

  5. June 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    i’d love this! i’m also subbing something.

  6. June 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Since i cook all the time i’d love to have that book as a reference

  7. Yuki
    June 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Yes!! I would love to have this book!

  8. June 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    What a useful book! I’d love this!

  9. June 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    That would be such a useful book. As of right now, I’m constantly having to google substitutions for all kinds of things.

  10. Sarah B.
    June 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I would love to have this book 🙂

  11. Maureen
    June 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I would love to know what to use to substitute when I am desperate.

  12. June 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Love this concept for a book! I call myself a “Recipe rebel” because I almost never make a recipe as it is written.

  13. marie
    June 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  14. adrienmelaine
    June 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Ohh- I would love a copy of this book! I’m working on my cookbook collection right now, and with the way my kitchen is could always use some alternatives (I rarely have all the right ingredients!)

  15. Laura E
    June 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! This looks like a great book!

  16. Sharon
    June 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    super coool. totally want to get my hands on it!

  17. Jessica
    June 18, 2010 at 4:49 am #

    This would be great to keep at my bf’s house because I cook and bake a lot there and he never ever has what I need!

  18. Nicole78
    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the great giveaways!

  19. highonhealthy
    June 18, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Ooo, I would love to get that book! Sounds neat and extremely helpful. 🙂

  20. June 18, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I’ve seen a lot of good reviews on this book around blogland!

  21. June 18, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Another contest already? Cool! This book sounds pretty interesting, especially all the sauces, spice mixture parts.

  22. June 18, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I’ve always been one to substitute ingredients but have definitely had my share of experiments gone wrong. This sounds like a great book to have on hand!

  23. June 18, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    I would be interested to know if there are any vegetarian substitutions included.

    I would love to win this book. As a reluctant cook, I need all the help I can get!

    I tweeted about the giveaway:

  24. June 18, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Ooh! Pick me! 🙂

  25. June 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Love this giveaway! I found out that you can use vinegar in milk to make buttermilk recently! 😀

    Happy Friday!

  26. June 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    This book looks really interesting! I think the tips about what spices can be substituted for others sounds especially helpful – i have an overflowing cupboard of enough spices already, and when I find a recipe including a new spice, I’m always hesitant to buy new spices, when it seems like maybe there is something I might have on hand I could substitute. Would be fun to win this book for sure!

  27. Amy
    June 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Oooh, this book would be perfect for me, as I’m always having to look up conversions on the internet :$

    Thanks for the opportunity =)

  28. colleen
    June 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I was just wondering if there’s a sub for tahini….

  29. June 20, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    I would love to win the book! If not I’m going to try to find it at the library! I love reading new food related things 🙂

  30. June 20, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    I blogged about it in my last post here:

  31. June 20, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    And tweeted! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway girl! 🙂

  32. June 20, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Looks like it could be a really useful too. Count me in on the contest!

  33. Buttercup
    June 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    This looks very useful on my own journey from fries to flaxseed. Can use all the help I can get.

  34. June 21, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    I just read/heard about this book last week. It sounds like a great kitchen resource to have.

  35. June 22, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    The book sounds great! I do a lot of googling for ingredient substitutions.


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