Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

What You Should and Shouldn't Cook From Scratch--over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods

Book - 2011 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
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Known to her online foodie following as The Tipsy Baker, Jennifer Reese brings a realistic--and very funny--perspective to the homemade trend, testing whether to make from scratch or simply buy over 100 foods.

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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451605877
Branch Call Number: 641.3
Characteristics: viii, 295 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 13, 2017

I never expected to laugh so much reading this. I had giggling fits almost every chapters. Very entertaining and well worth the read.

JCLRobinD Mar 21, 2017

If you've ever tried to decide what should be made from scratch and what you should just purchase this is the book you need. The author breaks down both the cost in terms of dollars and time for a slew of common grocery items and some specialty items, as well.

britprincess1ajax Apr 11, 2016

A great book to break down cost-effectiveness and health (including mental health!) in the kitchen in all the little ways that matter, I truly loved this book by Jennifer Reese. It is written in a way that feels as if it is part cookbook and part journey to a better life. Some things are better from the store, while others are meant to be from scratch. I loved its advice and now I do make the bread! I recommend it.

Jul 15, 2015

Great information. Great sense of humor.

Jul 11, 2015

interesting info. it is a book, for a bookshelf and reference, not reading and returning. fwiw, ymmv

Aug 05, 2012

I really enjoyed this book, though have not made any of the recipes. i think that she has done a great job of discussing the comparative costs and hassles of making some std. foods. And her tone is a lot of fun.

Jul 12, 2012

I really enjoyed this book and may purchase a copy to add to my cookbook collection. The author is witty and downright hilarious in some parts but gives sound advice and insight into our food culture of instant gratification. I didn't agree with everything she says but as she would readily agree - this is a book of information and where you decide to draw the 'convenience line' is entirely up to you.

ksoles Mar 04, 2012

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she decided to experiment and economize in the kitchen. In her book, she shares insights and recipes for often-bought products that can just as easily be made for a fraction of the cost. Think bread, cheese, yogurt and even marshmallows...

"Make the Bread, Buy the Butter" provides a fun and entertaining read including tales of living with ducks and goats in the back yard, fermenting pickles on the counter top and ripening cheese in the closet. You'll laugh out loud at many parts while marvelling, "I can actually make this at home?"

LocketLibrarian Feb 08, 2012

Interesting theories. I probably wouldn't make as many things as the author chooses to, like cheese, but it's nice to know I could if I wanted to.


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