Free Press Book Review/Book of the Week 10/18/11

In this struggling economy, many people have to cut back on expenses in several areas, food costs being one of them. Jennifer Reese developed her own ideas in order to economize when she’d lost her job and now shares insights and recipes in her new book, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch — Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods (Free Press, 2011).

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter isn’t your grandmother’s (or even your mother’s) cookbook. In addition to recipes featured, Reese gives in-depth advice on what can be made at home for fraction of prices paid at grocery and big-box stores, and what should be bought (in other words, some products can’t be made at home or don’t turn out very well).

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter is also a fun and entertaining book which include many tales of living with ducks,chickens, and baby goats in the back yard, fermenting pickles on the counter top, and closets containing ripening cheese. You’ll laugh out loud at many of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter while discovering new ideas and thinking “I can actually make some things at home that I normally buy?”

Yes, you can…although some things are better off not made, as Reese advises, but I can say that homemade yogurt is indeed divine.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter also has a delightful recipe video on You Tube:

This is a book for economic shoppers, recipe aficionados, and cooks alike. Grab a copy for yourselves!

Rating: 5.0/5.0