Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods

by Jennifer Reese
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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods by Jennifer Reese

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for. She had never before considered making her own peanut butter and pita bread, let alone curing her own prosciutto or raising turkeys. And though it sounded logical that “doing it yourself” would cost less, she had her doubts. So Reese began a series of kitchen-related experiments, taking into account the competing demands of everyday contemporary American family life as she answers some timely questions: When is homemade better? Cheaper? Are backyard eggs a more ethical choice than store-bought? Will grinding and stuffing your own sausage ruin your week? Is it possible to make an edible maraschino cherry? Some of Reese’s discoveries will surprise you: Although you should make your hot dog buns, guacamole, and yogurt, you should probably buy your hamburger buns, potato chips, and rice pudding. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.

With its fresh voice and delightful humor, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter gives 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun “Make or buy” recommendations. Reese is relentlessly entertaining as she relates her food and animal husbandry adventures, which amuse and perplex as well as nourish and sustain her family. Her tales include living with a backyard full of cheerful chickens, muttering ducks, and adorable baby goats; countertops laden with lacto-fermenting pickles; and closets full of mellowing cheeses. Here’s the full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade life—with the good news that you shouldn’t try to make everything yourself—and how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451605891
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 494,691
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Reese has been a professional journalist all of her adult life, working mostly for national magazines, and has been an avid, adventurous home cook for even longer, which she blogs about at the Tipsy Baker (tipsybaker.com) as well as for online publications like Slate. Reese also teaches cooking classes in Marin County, California, where she lives with her family.

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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
bookhimdanno More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic and everyone who enjoys cooking needs to get their hands on this book. What is best made homemade and what is best bought at the store? Well she sums it up in easy to understand writing adding a bit of humor along the way. Currently I have my homemade yogurt draining on the counter. How fun is that? Who knew I could make yogurt and Greek style to boot. I will be purchasing a copy or two of this book for family members who love to cook. Homemade is so much better tasting and better for you than many of the store bought fakes(no preservatives). This book will help you decide if it is worth making the items you like from scratch or just buying them in the store. What a wonderful idea for the cook or want-to-be cook in your life. She even adds whether it is cost effective to make the item at home.got to love that. This is a book to buy for your home and an extra copy for those you know who are trying to save money or eat less premade items and more homemade. I think this book will save me money and keep us healthier in the long run.thanks Jennifer for this terrific resource. 4 1/2 stars because cooking is not for everyone.
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I come back to this book almost weekly. I love the recipes, the insights, and the humor the author put into this book. Great addition for urban homesteaders, as well!
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norsejenta More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book is funny, informative, and inspires me to think whether I should make or buy. I love reading about her family, animals and our shared passion for Laura Ingalls Wilder books. The recipes are icing on the cake.
sbbenzil More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and found it not only easy and enjoyable to read it, but so funny there were times I had to put it down while I got under control enough to continue reading (read the section on goats in the backyard - hysterical). I've been a good home cook for many years and pride myself on being a "from scratch" cook but this book takes it to a new level. Who'd know that peanut butter (and more) is so easy and affordable to make? The book is practical, informative and funny - just plain funny. This is a must read for those who like to cook, like to laugh and want to see the practical limitations of cooking.making from scratch.
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I really loved this book. It was a cross between a blog and a cookbook. It was written in a way that made you feel as if you were chatting with a pal about cooking. I may never make my own bacon or age cheese in a crawl space, but there were a tremendious amount if good advice and excellent recipies. Who knows when I get a house and maybe lose my fear of Botulism, that slab of homemade bacon may well be in my future... and thanks to this book I know i can do it!
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I couldn't put this down. Inspiratinal stories , fun recipes with honest feedback. Leads you to a path to great nutrition for you & your family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have ever read a cookbook cover to cover and laughed all the way through! I even read excerpts to my family at Christmas and had requests to buy more copies as birthday presents! Ms. Reese has hit a home run with this book and I hope to read more from her very soon!
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I love to read cookbooks and this one was very fun. The author has a great sense of humor. I loved her stories and have already bookmarked some of the recipes to try.
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I cooked from scratch enough in my Earth Mother phase to know solid recipes when I see them and these look great. The really good news, though, is that this author is so engaging I feel like we're chatting over the back fence. Well worth having whether to read or to actually cook from!