Make The Bread, Buy The Butter
What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods
On Sale: October 18, 2011
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Cookbooks | Non-Fiction Cooking / Food
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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