Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook
Book Title: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook
Author: Jean B. MacLeod
Genre: Non-fiction, Food, Reference
Publisher: Self-Published / Indie
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
4 out of 5 Stars ✩✩✩✩
For the Novice and Foodie Cooks, And Anyone Who Is On A Special Diet, such as Gluten-Free
With many dietary restrictions, as well as vegetarian and vegan family members, our recipes often have to be adjusted to accommodate our needs and tastes to ensure that everyone can eat the same meal. This can become complicated at times so that often I am scouring the internet for substitutions.
However, The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook makes this process a lot easier. Not only does it contain a list of substitutions for ingredients that are common, but also for some not so common parts of a meal, as well as quick tips on how to make things like almond milk yourself, should you not have any on hand.
Don’t get me wrong, this book is not just for vegans and vegetarians, but also mentions gluten-free options, and makes substitutions for those of us, with a more standard diet, easier as well.
Some of the listings come with extra information – such as if an ingredient becomes more expensive when using that particular substitution or nutritional differences. Changes in texture and appearance are also often mentioned, which I particularly found informative, and important, considering that I have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).
The Complete Food Substitution Handbook is from now on going to be a staple in my household, that I will happily share with everyone in the family.
The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is that it completely lacks any images. When it comes to cookbooks or food-related books, I prefer at least some images within the context of a book, as it stimulates the appetite, and just simply adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of a food-related book. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book!
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The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook is a comprehensive listing of thousands of ingredients from the familiar and commonplace to the exotic and hard-to-find, plus all the available substitutes for each particular entry.
Whether looking to replace a missing component, seeking a healthier or leaner equivalent, or merely wanting a cheaper alternative, you won’t be disappointed.
Are you a budding baker, recipe maker, or culinary risk taker? Look no further. There are ideas aplenty to stir the imagination. Plus, a wealth of options to satisfy your creative spirit.
Whether you have food allergies, dietary restrictions, or ethical dos and don’ts, this book has you covered. Also, it’s one you’ll turn to time and time again. Because: choosing the right swap can sometimes spell the difference between a recipe’s success and a recipe’s failure.
About the Author:
Jean B. MacLeod is a native of Liverpool, England and a writer of practical hints for the home and garden. An enthusiastic culinarian, she is a member of the Culinary Historians of Southern California and Slow Food USA. She lives in the Los Angeles area.