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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

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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 and#8220;doing it yourselfand#8221; 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 Reeseand#8217;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With its fresh voice and delightful humor, andlt;Iandgt;Make the Bread, Buy the Butter andlt;/Iandgt;gives 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun and#8220;Make or buyand#8221; 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. Hereand#8217;s the full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade lifeand#8212;with the good news that you shouldnand#8217;t try to make everything yourselfand#8212;and how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.

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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, in what is destined to become the new go-to reference for home cooks.

When Jennifer Reese lost her job as the book critic for Entertainment Weekly, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for. And so began a series of kitchen-related experiments with the practical purpose of breaking down whether it makes sense to make household staples—or just pick them up at the corner store.

By no means straight kitchen science, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter tells the often funny stories surrounding these experiments and offers a full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade life. On the practical side, Reese asks a handful of questions about each item to decide whether to make or buy: Is homemade better? Cheaper? How much of a hassle is it to make? And what about sustainability and animal welfare—what value should we place on knowing that our eggs came from happy chickens, for example? Is it somehow ennobling to slaughter your rooster yourself? Full of recipes and featuring an extensive chart at the end that summarizes the make-versus-buy status of every food, this eminently practical yet deliciously fun book reminds readers that they don’t have to do everything by hand—and shows how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.

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A lively, frugal-chic answer to the question "Make or Buy" about 120 different food staples.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Jennifer Reeseandlt;/bandgt; 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 andlt;iandgt;Slateandlt;/iandgt;. Reese also teaches cooking classes in Marin County, California, where she lives with her family.

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Virginia Campbell, October 19, 2011 (view all comments by Virginia Campbell)
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter", by Jennifer Reese, is a fabulous, fascinating find for foodies! This is an entertaining encyclopedia of the pros and cons of making food from scratch rather than automatically buying it ready-made at the store. While I didn't always agree with the opinions and personal choices of Jennifer Reese, I have a tremendous respect for her expertise and love of subject. She writes with a sharp wit and a deglamorized, revealing look at her own life. This book is chock-full of delicious recipes and offers great insight into what is practical and what is not worth the trouble when it comes to preparing many of our favorite foods. The numerous references from popular American culture add extra emphasis to many of the observations made by Ms. Reese. This lady has mucho moxie! I am now a follower of her popular weblog, "The Tipsy Baker". I plan to try quite a few of the recipes in the book, especially "Skippy's Apricot Cake"--a simple recipe using a lemon cake mix enriched by the addition of apricot nectar. Sounds tangy-sweet and terrific, and my taste buds wait in impatient anticipation!

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ISBN:
9781451605877
Subtitle:
What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods
Author:
Reese, Jennifer
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Culinary Arts & Techniques
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Miscellaneous Methods
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20111018
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
index;
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.19 x 7.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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, in what is destined to become the new go-to reference for home cooks.

When Jennifer Reese lost her job as the book critic for Entertainment Weekly, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for. And so began a series of kitchen-related experiments with the practical purpose of breaking down whether it makes sense to make household staples—or just pick them up at the corner store.

By no means straight kitchen science, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter tells the often funny stories surrounding these experiments and offers a full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade life. On the practical side, Reese asks a handful of questions about each item to decide whether to make or buy: Is homemade better? Cheaper? How much of a hassle is it to make? And what about sustainability and animal welfare—what value should we place on knowing that our eggs came from happy chickens, for example? Is it somehow ennobling to slaughter your rooster yourself? Full of recipes and featuring an extensive chart at the end that summarizes the make-versus-buy status of every food, this eminently practical yet deliciously fun book reminds readers that they don’t have to do everything by hand—and shows how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.

"Synopsis" by , A lively, frugal-chic answer to the question "Make or Buy" about 120 different food staples.
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