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by Jennifer Reese

ePub Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn't) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money download
Author:
Jennifer Reese
ISBN13:
978-1451605884
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1451605889
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Atria Books; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
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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.

Now that Michael Pollan has made us all aspire to be politically correct foodies, a certain angst has cast its shadow over the average American home. A roast chicken is no work at all. And marshmallows, while not difficult, are a pain in the butt and a massive mess.

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.

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to. .

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. 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.

What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch - Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods. Reese says that you won't save money by making your marshmallows from scratch, but the results will be worth it. Above, a young taste-tester holds a homemade marshmallow.

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Some of Reese’s discoveries will surprise you: Although you should make your hot dog buns, guacamole, and yogurt .

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When Mark and I were first married, we rented a house in the foggiest neighborhood in San Francisco, a famously foggy city

When Mark and I were first married, we rented a house in the foggiest neighborhood in San Francisco, a famously foggy city. Whole summers went by and we did not see the sun. As the puckish San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen once put it, There wasn’t a sky in the cloud. Rather than sod lawns in front of their houses, people in our neighborhood sometimes just poured cement and painted it pink or green.

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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 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.
  • This book was a fun read, but the recipes so far are far less than impressive.

    I am an accomplished bread-baker, but am always up for trying new recipes. Therefore, the first recipe tried from this book was her "Everyday Bread." I had misgivings from the start, but I plugged on. I should have listened to my gut, as the recipe produced two bricks that weren't even edible straight from the oven (and I've found that even pretty awful bread is good straight from the oven with butter!). This weekend, I made the chocolate birthday cake recipe. This turned out fine, however, it's worth nothing that it is basically a Wacky cake AND it comes from someone else's cookbook (The I Hate to Cook Book, by Peg Bracken). The author includes a cooked icing recipe and says that her grandmother made it differently, but she feels this method is easier. The icing turned out okay, but not great, and I'm left wanting to ask how her grandmother made it, because I strongly suspect it's much better if made that way.

    I also found her difficulty/hassle ratings to be baffling at times. For instance, she says that roasting your own chicken is a hassle and you should just buy a rotisserie chicken, but that homemade marshmallows are not at all a hassle. I'm not sure what planet she's from, on either account. A roast chicken is no work at all. And marshmallows, while not difficult, are a pain in the butt and a massive mess.

    I will probably try a couple more recipes in the name of science, but thus far, I am not impressed. I'd suggest borrowing the book for a fun read, but pass on actually making anything from it.

  • I originally read this book from the library, but came to Amazon to buy a copy to always have on-hand. I really enjoy not just the recipes, but the author's humor and light-hearted attitude about "from scratch" living. She's so much more practical and realistic than many of the other "homemade" authors out there, with none of the proselytizing or holier-than-thou language. She lays out her experiences with each topic, whether it's making vermouth, attempting to raise chickens, or making bread daily. Then she explains why she'd do it again, or not. You're free to take her advice or not - really, it's just making food and drink! No angst required, and no need to get all judge-y whatever you decide is right for you.

    I've enjoyed many of her recipes, and find them easy to follow and adjust as needed. I agree with her on some things (margaritas are ridiculously easy to make, and worth the small trouble in our house), and disagree with her on some (I found a roast chicken recipe that's actually worth making, unlike her experience). Like any other book of recipes, this one is a jumping off point based on the author's experience. If I'm going to try something new, like making vermouth, at least I know from her prose that I'm in for a bit of a ride (her recommendation on vermouth, for example: "Are you nuts? If so, make it.").

    It's worth keeping in mind that some of her buy it/make it advice is based on local pricing (she points this out in the intro). So you may have a different cost/effort ratio, depending on your grocery stores and pantry supplies. Butter, for example, is in the "buy it" category because in her area it's far cheaper than making it. But depending how much you use, if it's organic, etc., you may find that it's cheaper and worth the small effort to crank a little out once in a while. She gives you the "recipe" either way.

    Now if I could just get my vermouth tasting as good as my roast chicken, I'll be completely happy. But I do hope Reese writes more books.

  • I like this book and actually read it through before I made any of the recipes in it. Yeah, I read this like a book, not like a cook book. It's that kind of book.

    I've since made quite a number of the items in here and still plan to try more of them. I like that it demystify's a lot of things (like butter, bacon and marshmellows to name a few) that you have probably just always bought at the grocery store. I am particularly fond of the vadouvan mac and cheese recipe (tip, I found the vadouvan spice locally at Williams Sonoma).

    It should be pointed out that many of the recipes in this book are from other places. She acknowledges her sources as appropriate, but you may find (as I did) that some of the recipes are from books you already own. For all that, she covers SO MUCH GROUND in this book, that someone would be hard pressed to have made a majority of these recipes and still be interested in a book like this.

    My one negative note, and it's a personal thing, but I find her writing style a little anoying. In a number of places it comes across to me as a combination of being preachy and self depricating at once. In those places, it feels like she is saying "I did this, it didn't work out, people (husband, kids, family, neighbors, etc...) were upset with me for doing it again and again, I was probably wrong, but I'd do it again because I was right to do what I wanted." Perhaps I'm reading to much into it.

    Don't let that stop you from getting the book. As I said above, I like this book and look at it with some regularity.