‘Make the Bread, Buy the Butter’

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

by Jennifer Reese

Free Press

Pub. Date: October 18, 2011


When it comes to cooking and eating on a budget, many turn to cookbooks with the intention of cooking from scratch to save money.  However, many cookbooks seem to offer recipes with ingredients that are not cost effective.  Jennifer Reese is an exception to the pretentious world of cookbooks.

With Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, Reese gives incredibly helpful advice based on personal experience.  And that is invaluable.  While facing her own financial hardships, Reese discovered that she could make many things from scratch that are often purchased out of convenience.  Through trial and error, and cost analysis, she also found that there are some items that are better off purchased already made.

With each chapter giving more insight into her adventures into saving money on food, we are spared the legwork and time of discovering it on our own.  Some of the things which Reese concluded during her immersion into living simply include:

* It is better to buy your eggs, because raising the chickens are not worth the hassle- or expense.

* Make your bread- it’s incredibly cheaper and really not that difficult.

* Potato chips taste better made, but may not be worth the hassel.

With so many telling us to get back to nature and make our own food, it is good to see a book that actually helps to achieve it instead of just talking about it.  Make the Bread is more than a cookbook- it’s a great guidebook focusing on the origins of our food, the scams of the food industry, and how to overcome the perception that making food from scratch is hard and time-consuming.  Of course, making things does take more time than grabbing it off the shelf of a supermarket.  What we should ask ourselves is whether buying pre-made is worth the many costs associated with it.  Reese helps us rethink and realize that healthy living starts at home- not on a store shelf.


This book can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.

For more about Jennifer Reese, go to her blog, The Tipsy Baker.


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