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

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"Does becoming part of the home cooking movement mean cooking everything from scratch? According to Jennifer Reese, known as The Tipsy Baker to her online foodie following, there are plenty of products that you should buy at the store. Make your own bread, for instance, but buy the butter--making butter takes too long and doesn't taste better. Jennifer Reese's popular cost-benefit experiments became the most emailed story on Slate for a week, and this book brings her conscientious, frugal-chic approach to 120 food staples in a narrative with recipes that explores the homemade life"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451605877
Branch Call Number: 641.3 R25932M 2011
Characteristics: viii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 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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