Make the Bread, Buy the Butter New in Paperback

Saturday, September 29, 2012 Posted by Dina N

In a couple of weeks, one of my favorite cookbooks of last year will be available in paperback! Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn't!) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money by blogger-turned-writer Jennifer Reese is as useful as it is entertaining. Ms. Reese's book was 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. All well deserved, if you ask me.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter is still my go-to cookbook for pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins. In fact, my kids have been begging me all week to make their favorite pumpkin pie. It's now cooling off to be enjoyed after dinner, next to my copy of Ms. Reese's book on the kitchen counter.

If you missed my review of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, go back and read it. Then hop over to Amazon and pre-order the paperback. Right now, the pre-order price is under ten bucks, or 37% off the cover price. Don't want to wait until October 16? Get the hardcover copy. You will not regret it.

Book Description
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.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm.

13 comments:

  1. tannawings said...

    That book I might have to look for- some things make better sense than others to make. Nice review, I love books that really have a purpose and this looks like it would be a good one!

  2. holdenj said...

    Wow, what a great book and review. I like the idea that she has done some of the work for me in figuring out things I could pass on from scratch. And the pumpkin items sound great this time of year!

  3. kristi said...

    I read your review and watched the video of Jennifer making bagels. It looks pretty easy to do. Interesting book. Of course, I don't have one of those fancy Kitchen Aid Mixers to knead my dough....that could be a problem! I know you've made her breads and muffins. Have you tried the bagels?

  4. Carrie Phelps said...

    This could easily become my favorite cookbook! I never know if it's worth not only the expense but my time to make as much as possible from scratch. This sounds like the homemakers bible! Thanks for the share.

  5. Amy V said...

    This sounds like a great book! It sounds like a nice mix between humor and good info!

  6. Cujo hmb said...

    This would come in handy - knowing what to make and what you might as well buy. Thanks for the review - I didn't know this book existed.

    Cujo

  7. Kristie said...

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I might buy several copies to give as gifts. And buy one for myself too. Thanks for the recommendation. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  8. Jennifer said...

    This would definitely be a great addition to my cookbook collection.

  9. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

    Dang girl. You've got me needing that cookbook now!

  10. Eliz said...

    Sounds like a great book to have!

  11. Maryann D. said...

    This sounds like a cookbook that would be great for me I really love pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins. It would be helpful to learn how to cook from scratch and definitely great to save money doing it.
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  12. Janet W. said...

    I'd love to read this book! I've been into new cooking ideas lately!

  13. Robin O said...

    This looks great! I am definitely interested in her “make or buy” recommendations; I often wonder about that with different things. Thanks for the review!

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