Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for. She had never before considered making her own peanut butter and pita bread, let alone curing her own prosciutto or raising turkeys. And though it sounded logical that “doing it yourself” would cost less, she had her doubts. Reese began a series of kitchen-related experiments, taking into account the competing demands of everyday contemporary American family life as she answers some timely questions: When is homemade better? Cheaper? Are backyard eggs a more ethical choice than store-bought? Will grinding and stuffing your own sausage ruin your week? Is it possible to make an edible maraschino cherry? Some of Reese’s discoveries will surprise you: Although you should make your hot dog buns, guacamole, and yogurt, you should probably buy your hamburger buns, potato chips, and rice pudding. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter has 120 recipes with “make it” or “buy it” recommendations. I love this book. I can honestly say that I haven’t ever seen anything like it. The recipes are fairly easy and if they do require something you wouldn’t normally have in your kitchen, the book tells you exactly where to get it! I love that they do a cost comparison too, so you can see your savings if you do make it at home. Sometimes it is just pennies, but other times we are talking a lot of money! My husband loved that they even have a sauerkraut recipe (and yes, you should make that at home!)

If you want to save money in your kitchen, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter is a must have book. There is a lot of humor with fairly easy instructions. Plus, you can figure out how to save money on some of your favorite things (homemade chocolate pudding here I come!)