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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch--Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods

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.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451605884 | 
  • October 2012
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Cook with Jennifer Reese, author of MAKE THE BREAD, BUY THE BUTTER

Jennifer Reese supplies a lively, frugal-chic answer to the question "Make or Buy.”

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Is it better to make your pumpkin pie from scratch—or use canned pumpkin? Jennifer Reese, author of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, finds out the hard way so you can enjoy your holiday dessert for less… without sacrificing taste.

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Jennifer Reese
Photograph © Justine Reese

Jennifer Reese

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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