Friday, November 4, 2011

Make The Bread, Buy The Butter Cookbook Giveaway and Review

I like to cook and bake from scratch, but I admit some things you just have to buy. I cannot for the life of me make a loaf of french bread as you'd get from the bakery. I can make dinner rolls, but I cannot get hamburger rolls to come out either. Soups from the store have a lot of sodium in them and they are so easy to make why not make them from scratch? I've made ice cream and had great results that are just as good as the store bought version without all those added ingredients.

So when Jennifer Reese lost her job as a book editor for Entertainment Weekly, she set out on an ambitious, often outrageous, culinary journey. Is “doing it yourself” always cheaper? Jennifer had her doubts.
Make The Bread, Buy The Butter Cookbook 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? Each recipe she tells you whether it's best to make it or buy it, or even both. Here are some suggestions:

Make it:
Chocolate cake
Eggs benedict
Dill Pickles

Buy it:
Hot Dogs
Corn dogs
English muffins
Ice cream cones

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 ( 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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Well having gone gluten free myself, I decided to make her Chicken and Rice Soup. She says it's best to make it homemade. It's so simple, makes a lot and send a wonderful aroma throughout your home as it simmers away on the stove. Simple boil a whole chicken with onion (I threw in some carrots and celery for added flavor), simmer it for 2 hours, then add rice, a couple of eggs and lemon juice. It is delicious and perfect for our rainy day we had.

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*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Make The Bread, Buy The Butter. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation. Product info & stock images provided by PR or Co.

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20 Lovely Comments:

debbie said...

I would rather make my pie crusts from scratch. I like to add little flavors to them, and it is alot cheaper to make them myself.

huntdonald said...

YUM YUM YUM!! My stomach just audibly growled at my desk. I can’t wait to try this, so perfect for this cold, wet weather in the city

suburban prep said...

I would rather make from scratch mashed potatoes instead of the flakes I would rather also make cookies from scratch rather than a mix.

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royalegacy said...

I would rather buy my butter, boxed alfredo noodles, tortillas, and cake mix, but we make our bread from scratch (right now have a sourdough french bread on its second rise), pie dough, cookies.

sabrina said...

I love baking different types of bread and I definitely buy butter!

NicoleakaMama said...

I love to make homemade cookies and cakes.
I tried to make bread, but I don't do it as good/cheap as store brought.

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Nancy said...

I make lots from scratch including cookies, pancakes and soups. I have never got the hang of baking bread and having it come out good.

Amanda said...

I prefer to make yogurt from scratch, with milk fresh from a local farm.

LovesAvocado said...

I always make soup from scratch and have recently started to make lots of bread in my breadmaker. I also make my own humus which is super simple and fast.

eclairre said...

I buy pie crusts and bread - they are really hard to make. But, I'd rather make any dish involving potatoes from scratch every time.

sunnymum said...

I just figured out how to make chicken sausage with apples from scratch and I am so excited! I've never make pasta from scratch, but that is my next endeavor.
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Christian said...

I'd rather buy bread.. but I like making stuffing and mashed potatoes from scratch. (

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