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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Simon and Schuster, Oct 18, 2011 - Cooking - 304 pages
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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 “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.
 

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User Review  - fefferbooks - LibraryThing

Clever, witty, and no-nonsense, not to mention full of great-looking recipes! Reese comes at cooking from much the same viewpoint I do: does it taste better to make this myself, and even if it does ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amelia_Smith - LibraryThing

I'd give this 5 stars for entertainment value and 2 stars for practicality. It was fun and quick to read -- I liked the author's voice and sense of humor. I haven't tried any of the recipes, but the ... Read full review

Contents

Breads and Spreads
7
Eggs
34
Breakfast
43
Vegetables
77
Restaurant Food
83
From Beak to Tail
103
Dinner
133
Fruit
150
Cured Meats
164
Duck Eggs
191
Goats
208
Turkey
216
Drinks
227
Canning
237
Desserts
257
Appendix
284

Honey
157

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About the author (2011)

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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