Book Reviews of How to Repair Food

How to Repair Food
How to Repair Food
Author: Marina Bear, John Bear, Tanya Zeryck
ISBN-13: 9780898155556
ISBN-10: 089815555X
Publication Date: 4/1998
Pages: 140
Edition: Revised
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Book Type: Paperback
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great tips.
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I just obtained this very useful book. After all, what do you do when your food is overcooked, under cooked, stale, burned, lumpy, salty, peppery, bland, too spicy, frozen, mushy, too dry, too wet, flat, tough, too thick, too thin, wilted, fatty, collapsed, curdled or stuck together.

Just looking through it provided me with great advice. For example, what do you do when your batter has bubbles. First, I have to admit I never before worried about bubbles in my batter. But now I know it is a serious problem, and here is what the book advises:

"Put the batter in a pan. Hold the pan about six inches above the floor. Drop it. Do this three or four times, or until the people from downstairs come up to complain, whichever occurs first. The bubbles will go away and so, if you are lucky, will the people from downstairs."


"When green onions start wilting, you can revive them by replanting them. Simply stick the root end in the ground, and it will take root and grow healthy again. This does not, alas, work with most other things, including human beings."

Of course, the entire book is not like this, as most entries are simply good advice without the levity. Obviously, this book belongs on every good cook's shelf. I bet Fannie Farmer wished she had this. Unfortunately, it was not published until 1987, and is a revised edition of "The Something-Went-Wrong-What-Do-I-Do-Now-Cookbook" published in 1970.

It is an excellent work, which I think is attributed to the fact one of the authors is male. :-)