Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Make The Bread Buy The Butter Review and Giveaway

I love writers with a wonderful sense of humor. The more they can make me laugh, the better. I love to read humorous pieces, and I enjoy a writer who is witty. Jennifer Reese is a perfect example of that author.

Make The Bread Buy The Butter is a recently released book by Jennifer Reese. This book tells the often hilarious stories surrounding these kitchen-related experiments and offers a full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade life. Reese asks a handful of practical questions about each item to decide whether to make or buy: What’s the ultimate cost? How much of a hassle is it to make? And what about sustainability and animal welfare – what value should we place on knowing that our eggs came from happy chickens. Is it somehow ennobling to slaughter your own Thanksgiving Day turkey?



This book has a very refreshing perspective on what you should and shouldn't cook from scratch and why. Jennifer feels that you should make your own hot dog buns while buying your ice cream cones in store. She has hilarious reasoning and is very convincing.

The book offers 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun "make or buy" recommendations. 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. 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.

Make the Bread Buy the Butter is a very fun read. I didn't look at it as a cookbook, but looked at it more as a collection of interesting stories. There are different chapters of the book for eggs, bread, cheese, milk, etc. For example, there is a whole section of how to make your own peanut butter. Reese never thought to make her own peanut butter but declared that Skippy brand peanut butter was good enough for her. She saw the homemade light and decided to save money and a trip to the store, and grind those nuts herself! Her recipes are very easy to follow and she breaks them down step by step for you.

Reese is a wonderful writer and her eloquent words flow effortlessly and fill page after page. I found myself truly enjoying what I was reading and I spent a good hour reading through the interesting book. I was actually inspired to make my own peanut butter! It was so easy to make and I loved the fact that I could control the taste and save money by doing so. I have a big jar of it in my fridge right now. :)

I feel that this book would be the perfect gift for anyone looking to make a lot of their staple foods from scratch. Make The Bread Buy The Butter gives you that drive and inspiration to take your homemade dreams to the next level!

*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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  1. I would like to learn more.

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  2. I have been try to eat better and this might help with that.
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  12. I love cookbooks and this one looks like it would make me laugh.

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  13. I love cook books, especially funny ones! I would love to read this book and try out some of the recipes! rchamaa@earthlink.net

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  14. I'd like to win this book because I'm curious about someone else's views on what's better to make yourself vs. what's better to buy. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  15. I would like to win this because I also love humorous books, especially if they are educational as well. This books seems like it would be along the same lines as Bill Bryson's books, and I love that author.

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  21. I'd like to win because I love to cook.

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  28. I love trying to make so many things home made, I would love to learn more. Thanks for the chance

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  32. I would love to win this, so I can learn to eat better.
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  33. I so can relate to this book and would love a good laugh. I struggle with overcooking when I entertain. I go waaaay overboard with over thinking and trying to do too much and am completely exhausted when we sit down to eat.

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  34. I would love this for the family book shelf!

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  38. I would like to make more homemade things at my house and eat better meals and I think this would be a good starter book to read for me.

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  43. I'm a do-it-myself type of person and keep trying to convince the spouse to help me make this and that. I'm sure he'll both love and hate this book, since I'm sure some of what I want to make will be in the 'buy this' category.
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