Thursday, December 15, 2011

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter ~ Book Review & Giveaway

Make the bread buy the ButterMake the Bread, Buy the Butter
by Jennifer Reese
ISBN: 9781451605877
304 pages, $15.53 Hardback
What you should and shouldn't cook from Scratch - over 120 recipes for the best homemade foods. This book is exactly that. 

About the Book:
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.

My thoughts:
I can personally say I have made pumpkin soup using an actual pumpkin - bagels too. What can I say? I was bored and young and decided to give it a try. The bagels turned out pretty good. I've actually made them twice. I've also made biscotti, coconut creme pie WITH merengue and bread. I don't remember if I liked the pumpkin soup - but I can say I've made it at least once.

I love to sit down and "read" cookbooks. Make the Bread, Buy the Butter does what I've often wondered - is it really beneficial for me to make my own bread, ice cream, granola or mozzarella? Other than the fact that it's not processed, doesn't have added chemicals, and I can control what "additives" are in it.

There are some great stories included in the book about why and what made her decide if a recipe was worth doing or passing the next time. 

There is a great section for Barbecue! I love barbecue - there's the spice rub, the vinegar sauce, and a yummy looking Dr Pepper barbecue sauce (I'm hungry can you tell?). Or you could make Duck Prosciutto - but according to Jennifer you should just buy it - it's a real hassle if sounds like (I'll definitely pass on this one).  

Along with over 120 recipes and great stories of Jennifer's experience writing this book and all her research - you'll also learn why you should make your hot dog buns & buy the hamburger buns (?).

Purchase Make the Bread, Buy the Butter on Amazon - click here

I have a copy of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter to giveaway! Just click here to enter the drawing for both this book and The Ice Dream cookbook. You can keep both for yourself - or give one away and keep one - or give both away. You decide!

Follow Jennifer @:
Twitter: @JenniferReese

Much thanks to Simon & Schuster for donating a copy of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter to review and another to giveaway! I wasn't paid for my opinion and I wasn't required to write a positive review. 

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