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  • Published: New York : Free Press, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
  • Description: viii, 295 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781451605877
  • 1451605870


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Make the bread, buy the butter : what you should and shouldn't cook from scratch--over 120 recipes for the best homemade foods

by Reese, Jennifer.

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Call number: 641.3 Re

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Fl., Malletts Adult

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"A lively, frugal-chic answer to the question "Make or Buy" about 120 different food staples"

"Does becoming part of the home cooking movement mean cooking everything from scratch? According to Jennifer Reese, known as The Tipsy Baker to her online foodie following, there are plenty of products that you should buy at the store. Make your own bread, for instance, but buy the butter--making butter takes too long and doesn't taste better. Jennifer Reese's popular cost-benefit experiments became the most emailed story on Slate for a week, and this book brings her conscientious, frugal-chic approach to 120 food staples in a narrative with recipes that explores the homemade life"

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Entertaining and practical

I found myself laughing out loud at Reese's anecdotes about her adventures in suburban farming, and also shopping for cheesemaking supplies. The recipes, all rated for "hassle" and "cost-effectiveness" (comparisons are made to both supermarket brands and high-end organic groceries where appropriate), sound delicious - there are a few I think I will absolutely have to try.

Neat cookbook

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and imagining making everyday foods we take for granted as always being available at the grocery story.

Food for Thought

What I enjoyed most about this book is that author wrote honestly about her experiences and gave her opinions in such a way that left the reader open to making their own decisions about how to incorporate any and all of her ideas. Many items reminded me of my childhood with my Grandmother and how she fed her family with many of the ideas in this book.

great ideas!

This book is full of great ideas for cooking things from scratch. Loved it! Very useful.

Great How-To

Wonderful book. Very instructive without being condensending. I will certainly look for futhur books from this author.

DIY food for beginners

I loved this book! This is a great choice for folks who are interested in making things from scratch, but who are also balancing this desire against a busy life. Reese has a pleasant tone and will not make you feel guilty about the things you're not making for yourself. Not every thing that she does is for everyone, but this book could help you figure out which things are right for your own DIY lifestyle.

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