Should you MAKE THE BREAD? BUY THE BUTTER?
Quick! What should you make? What should you buy? What works either way?
Hot dog buns
Ice cream cones
Jennifer Reese, author of Make the Bread Buy the Butter, lost her job with Entertainment Weekly, what to do? Instead of sitting around and whining, she dove head first into an crazy, often head shaking, culinary journey. Jennifer decided to evaluate–Is “doing it yourself” always the best approach? Cheaper? Jennifer set out to find out! In her debut book, which has been featured recently on Good Morning America and is being reviewed today in People Magazine, Jennifer Reese evaluates, through a crazy series of kitchen and backyard experiences the best waves to cure prosciutto, develop those crannies in an English muffin, and buy goats to be a better cheesemaker. Jennifer Reese’s kitchen-related adventures are chronicled in MAKE THE BREAD, BUY THE BUTTER (Free Press; October 18; $24).
The Chief Blonde Remarks: I read Make the Bread Buy the Butter in one weekend while riding in the car on the way to an adventure weekend at Mackinaw Island with my husband. All the way to the Island and back, I was reading my husband the hilarious stories of Jennifer’s adventures as she gets herself into gut-busting situations of chicken, duck, goat and turkey purchasing. We laughed all the way as we read story after story that endeavored to evaluate–so Should I Buy it or Make it?
I had never read a book written in this fashion, with stories and recipes entwined together and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I found myself giggling (a lot) at all her silly adventures as she details how her family coped, how she was able to execute age-old tasks in a 21 Century World, and the art of raising livestock by the VERY non-agriculturally educated! What she finds will genuinely surprise you. I loved this book and give it a hearty two thumbs up!
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