I don't have access to celery root (celeriac). What can I use instead? Are there any suitable alternatives?

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    @hobodave: Should this be edited to say celeriac as well? In the UK I do not know it as celery root at all, and people might search for celeriac, as it a reasonably common ingredient.
    – Orbling
    Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 12:21
  • Added celeriac as a tag. (Is there a way of making these tags equivalent?) Commented Mar 29, 2011 at 14:08
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    I'd be interested to know in what application. If it's a casserole, a salad, coleslaw...
    – Gary
    Commented Mar 29, 2011 at 14:22
  • Gary is on the mark. The answer may depend on how prominent an ingredient the celery root is.
    – user194
    Commented Mar 29, 2011 at 15:48

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From Cook's Thesaurus

turnips OR celery ribs (weaker flavor) OR parsley root OR (in salads of grated vegetables) carrots + dash celery seeds.


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    This answer is just copied verbatim from the Cook's Thesaurus - the first Google result - without attribution.
    – Aaronut
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 13:28
  • And is that wrong?
    – eladmi
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 13:55
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    there are two major issues, one is copyright (we can't just plagiarize work, and call it our own), and the second is precedent. Here is a meta link explaining plagiarism in questions, the same applies for answers that do not attribute sources and try to pass off another's work as one's own. Beyond that, it is unethical to some, myself included, because it can be seen as lying and showing disrespect toward someone else.
    – mfg
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 16:35
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    I accept this and will work different from now!
    – eladmi
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 18:11
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    Edited to show suitable attribution
    – TFD
    Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 11:08

For a soup, you could probably use parsnips, rutabega (aka swedes), or even potatoes in place of celery root. Carrots would probably be fine too, but if you're puréeing the soup, they'll probably affect the color.

If you would like to find celery root, you might try an asian market. In the past, I've had success at a chinese market when all of the other local stores were out of celery root (in San Francisco).

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