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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather pointless recipes, beautifully presented, 15 May 2012
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This review is from: Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making (Paperback)
This is a well produced book, well written (a little me me me but it comes from a blog so not unexpected), lovely pictures; but the recipes are almost all incredibly basic and for things that either aren't worth the trouble (make your own butter?), are too simple for words (recipe for buttered popcorn - really?), are very US-specific (pudding? Sounds like a poor version of custard) or just aren't very interesting (mixed roast nuts?) or very good (who is honestly going to take the time to make home made pop tarts? If you don't want to eat that sugar and fat, why recreate it at home?)

So if you're not trying to homestead or run your own farm, and if you aren't american, I'm unconvinced this book has anything to offer that isn't better provided online. Pretty, but a bit pointless.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2012 11:08:01 BDT
I love your honest comments. There are basic recipes in the old cookery books in my pantry - or you can get them from charity shops (with apologies to Amazon!) - or online, as you say. My reason for making-my-own, whatever it is (clothes, growing from seed, cakes, jams, preserves......) is to make better than I can buy and where food is concerned know exactly what has gone into it. And isn't it better to buy basic store-cupboard ingredients rather than made-up items with food miles attached?
Cheers, thanks again.
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