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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn't!) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money

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Publisher Comments:

“Pure entertainment in an original, fresh voice” (Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook).

Funny, frugal, and creative, blogger Jennifer Reese (TipsyBaker.com) began a series of food-related experiments after she lost her job. Economizing by making her own peanut butter, pita bread, and yogurt, she found that “doing it yourself” doesn’t always cost less or taste better. In fact, she found that the joys of making some foods from scratch — marshmallows, hot dog buns, and hummus — can be augmented by buying certain ready-made foods — butter, ketchup, and hamburger buns. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.

With its fresh voice and delightful humor, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter provides 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun “make or buy” recommendations and a hassle-factor barometer. Wonderfully entertaining as she relates her food and animal husbandry adventures, Reese recounts living with a backyard full of cheerful chickens, muttering ducks, and adorable baby goats; countertops laden with fermenting pickles and closets of mellowing cheeses. Here’s how to pursue a 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 and with your family.

Review:

"I'm always interested in what Jennifer says about food, and about how to retain the pleasure of eating it in an increasingly confusing world. Plus, she's convinced me to try making my own Camembert. Jennifer's is a journey I'm thrilled to embark upon." Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia

Review:

“I knew this important, original, and necessary book would be informative — and it is, very. What I didn't expect: pure entertainment in an original, fresh voice that will make readers feel they have a smart new best friend. I lapped this up in one sitting, learned a bunch, laughed out loud — and am about to try several of the recipes. You nailed it, Jennifer Reese!” Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook

Review:

"I loved this book. In her inspiring and hilarious voice, Reese reminds me why I actually should take the time to make from scratch things that I buy and giving me a pass on those things that I really don't want to make myself anyway. I laughed out loud." Carla Hall, Top Chef All Star, Co-host on The Chew, and founder, Alchemy by Carla Hall

Review:

“A great read for cooks afflicted by curiosity about the do-it-yourself movement in food. Ms. Reese goes beyond jam and chutney into pasta, pastrami and graham crackers. Even her failed experiments, like homemade hot dogs, are entertaining.” New York Times

Review:

“In a time when the pressure’s on to be green, organic and homemade, food fans and cooks will appreciate a book that encourages balance: Make your own hummus, yogurt and dill pickles, but buy sashimi, baguettes and corn dogs.” USA Today

Synopsis:

Selected by the New York Times as a Notable Cookbook of 2011, by USA Today as a Best Holiday Gift “For the Foodie,” and by More.com as one of their Best Cookbooks of the Year.

When blogger Jennifer Reese lost her job, she began a series of food-related experiments. Economizing by making her own peanut butter, pita bread, and yogurt, she found that “doing it yourself” doesn't always cost less or taste better. In fact, she found that the joys of making some foods from scratch — marshmallows, hot dog buns, and hummus — can be augmented by buying certain ready-made foods — butter, ketchup, and hamburger buns. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.

With Reese's fresh voice and delightful humor, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter has 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun “make or buy” recommendations. 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 and how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen — with the good news that you shouldn't try to make everything yourself.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451605884
Subtitle:
What You Should (and Shouldn't!) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money
Author:
Reese, Jennifer
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Culinary Arts & Techniques
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Miscellaneous Methods
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.19 x 7.25 in

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"Review" by , "I'm always interested in what Jennifer says about food, and about how to retain the pleasure of eating it in an increasingly confusing world. Plus, she's convinced me to try making my own Camembert. Jennifer's is a journey I'm thrilled to embark upon."
"Review" by , “I knew this important, original, and necessary book would be informative — and it is, very. What I didn't expect: pure entertainment in an original, fresh voice that will make readers feel they have a smart new best friend. I lapped this up in one sitting, learned a bunch, laughed out loud — and am about to try several of the recipes. You nailed it, Jennifer Reese!”
"Review" by , "I loved this book. In her inspiring and hilarious voice, Reese reminds me why I actually should take the time to make from scratch things that I buy and giving me a pass on those things that I really don't want to make myself anyway. I laughed out loud."
"Review" by , “A great read for cooks afflicted by curiosity about the do-it-yourself movement in food. Ms. Reese goes beyond jam and chutney into pasta, pastrami and graham crackers. Even her failed experiments, like homemade hot dogs, are entertaining.”
"Review" by , “In a time when the pressure’s on to be green, organic and homemade, food fans and cooks will appreciate a book that encourages balance: Make your own hummus, yogurt and dill pickles, but buy sashimi, baguettes and corn dogs.”
"Synopsis" by , Selected by the New York Times as a Notable Cookbook of 2011, by USA Today as a Best Holiday Gift “For the Foodie,” and by More.com as one of their Best Cookbooks of the Year.

When blogger Jennifer Reese lost her job, she began a series of food-related experiments. Economizing by making her own peanut butter, pita bread, and yogurt, she found that “doing it yourself” doesn't always cost less or taste better. In fact, she found that the joys of making some foods from scratch — marshmallows, hot dog buns, and hummus — can be augmented by buying certain ready-made foods — butter, ketchup, and hamburger buns. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.

With Reese's fresh voice and delightful humor, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter has 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun “make or buy” recommendations. 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 and how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen — with the good news that you shouldn't try to make everything yourself.

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