Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch–Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods

Fabulous launch publicity on Good Morning, America and on NPR’s All Things Considered made this unique combination of recipes, memoir, and advice a national bestseller. “Pure entertainment in an original, fresh voice” (Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook).

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 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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3 thoughts on “Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch–Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods”

  1. hilarious must-read I LOVED this book, less because of its many great recipes (I’m a lazy cook, though an enthusiastic eater) than because it’s so well-written and so laugh-out-loud funny. Jennifer Reese is a truly wonderful writer and story-teller, and the stories she relates are pretty fascinating. Like Reese, I spent my childhood reading “Little House” books and fantasizing about eating pig’s ears from sows slaughtered and smoked by Pa, churning butter, and so forth– so I found her project appealing and…

  2. Best cookbook and life-stories book EVER Did you ever wonder what is in those hot dogs? Or why the pudding tastes of plastic? Or why your loaf of bread keeps fresh and soft weeks after the artisan bread went into the trash? Did you ever wonder what did people do before you could buy baked beans in a can?This “cookbook” has all those answers. Recipes for things that you maybe don’t want to buy in a store because the ingredients list reads like a magical spell but how would you made it? Well, how do you make croissants? Or…

  3. Great resource for the basics Note: I originally wrote this review for my blog, Real Appetite.This is the book I have been waiting for my. Whole. Life.I love love love cookbooks, but I have about half a gazillion, most of which I added to my Amazon wishlist at some point, thinking, “Hey, I should check this one out from the library,” or “This one has lots of pretty pictures!” only to receive one as a birthday or Christmas gift. Which is not a bad thing, believe me. But then since I don’t have to give…

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