Becky Sue Epstein is an experienced editor, broadcaster and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food and travel. Currently she is based in New England and is an editor at several national publications travel including: Senior Editor, Wine & Spirits for Intermezzo Magazine, Contributing Editor for The Tasting Panel and Editor at PalatePress.com . These positions require a substantial – yet enjoyable -- amount of worldwide wine- and spirits-related She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television during the 1980s and early 1990s. In between trips, tastings and events, Epstein writes books. The American Lighthouse Cookbook, was published in September 2009 (Sourcebooks/Cumberland, co-written with Chef Ed Jackson). A new edition of her classic kitchen reference Substituting Ingredients was published in June 2010, and she is now finishing a book on the history of champagne and sparking wine.
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On Facebook, Plaxo and LinkedIn: Becky Sue Epstein
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
1,000 kitchen substitutions hard-to-find or expensive ingredients simple recipes for common as well as exotic condiments what to do if you've forgotten something at the store, don't want to buy an expensive item you may only use once, have food allergies lists of measurement equivalents tables of similar ingredients you can substitute
How long have you been at work on this book?
I'm always updating this book -- I keep a folder where I put all the new ingredients and kitchen concepts I find on my travels throughout the US and around the world.
How did the idea originate?
I love making spur-of-the-moment meals, so I needed this listing of substitutions in my kitchen
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
A lot of strange things were tested by a lot of generous people, while I was getting things right.