Herb and spice substitution chart

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The Food Substitutions Bible: More than 6,500 Substitutions for Ingredients, Equipment & Techniques by David Joachim

If I only had four reference books in my kitchen, theyd be:

1. Timing Is Everything
2. The Flavor Bible.
3. Some kind of exhaustive field guide to the grocery store which I havent yet identified.


4. The Food Substitutions Bible. It is what it says it is. If you dont have a rangpur, also known as a mandarin lime, you could swap it out for a calamondin. Or a lemon. Or a lime. Or a half lime plus a quarter mandarin orange, blood orange, or navel orange.

For marionberries, you can swap blackberries (which are smaller), or logan berries (which would impart a red color), or boysenberries (which are slightly sweeter), or even olallieberries (which are sweeter still).

What Im trying to convey is that this book is extremely thorough, and sometimes a real kick. There are guides for selecting ingredients, and extensive weight and volume equivalent charts. There is no substitute for this book.
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How to Substitute Herbs While You're Cooking

My pantry is pretty well-stocked with herbs and spices, but there are just some that I never keep on hand—like marjoram or savory. But because I know of common herb and spice substitutions, I can still make just about any recipe that calls for even the spices I do not have on hand. So…I decided to make this handy little printable chart for you to use as well! Click on the chart to pull up the FREE printable! I make my own spice blends for Italian seasonings, apple pie seasoning, pumpkin pie seasoning and others. Also, I have studied spices so I know which spices are recommended for different meats etc.


Cuisines are profoundly influenced by the spices that are indigenous to that region or country and strongly impact the flavors of the dishes. What would Indian cooking be without cardamom pods, or Jamaican recipes be without the kick of allspice? Imagine an Asian dish without ginger or a Mexican recipe void of cumin. Sometimes, however, a home cook may not have the spice called for in a recipe—whether because the spice is difficult to find, or a personal dislike for its taste, or it simply didn't make its way onto the grocery list. Picking the right spice substitute can be challenging, as many spices possess unique character and flavor profiles that are difficult to replicate. Luckily, there are some good substitutes you can employ to maintain the general taste of a dish.

Herbs have a long and storied history in various food cultures around the world. What would Italian cuisine be without basil and rosemary, or Mexican food without the grassy tang of cilantro? Each cuisine is profoundly impacted by the herbs common to the region. There will come a time when you simply have to find a substitute for an herb in a recipe. Whether you've run out or simply want to switch things up, you have a few options for the most common herbs.

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