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on 20 December 2015
I was a little disappointed with this. First thing I will say is it's VERY American especially some of the cost comparisons. Some of the prices for things are SO different to what you would expect here in the UK. Having read through it, I found it to be one those books I may be less inclined to refer to in future, so it's like it almost has limited use. That combined with the limited appeal in the UK, I can only award it three stars.
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VINE VOICEon 19 November 2011
Jennifer Reese ends her book by telling us 'Everything Tastes Better When It Is Homemade, Almost Everything, But Not Everything'. She has found that tub rice pudding and store potato chips can't be beat, don't even try to make them at home.Jennifer spent months and years making homemade everything, and now she shares her battles, her successes and her losses. This is such a wonderful, fun, book to read, and the recipes look delicious. The first recipe to try is her mom's 'Skippy Apricot Cake'.

Jennifer Reese lost her job as book critic for Entertainment Weekly, and decided that her part time job of trying to make her own foods to compare with those that she bought, might be a worthwhile effort. And, it sure is! She has divided her book into 20 chapters, from 'Breads nd Spreads' to 'Desserts'. Each chapter is filled with her pursuit to replicate the food she was looking at that moment. Almost always she and her family found homemade was better. Because it is nearing Thanksgiving, I will look at that chapter. Her effort at raising turkeys was a bust. They are finicky and difficult to raise. She does not feel the effort is worth it, go out, and if you can afford it, buy that organic turkey for your dinner. The stuffing, make it yourself, the cranberry sauce, find a recipe that can become yours, or like my family, some prefer the kind that slides out of the can. Sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, make it, and by the way, her recipe for pumpkin pie looks luscious! And, the whipped cream, please make it. The canned stuff is filled with air and who knows what else.

Each chapter is filled with her wisdom and her suggestions. I found the book funny, fun, and warm and best of all, the recipes. She gives recipes for such wonderful new delights like 'Vadovuan Mac 'N Cheese'. Vadovuan is a muddy-yellow seasoning mix of curry leaves, onions, turmeric, and sundry other spices. You can find it at Indian grocery stores. Mix it with the cheddar cheese and it was a huge hit with her children. Her son asked for it for his birthday dinner. Be prepared for a green color. What Jennifer Reese has found and shares her wisdom is that our grocery stores are filled with "sicketating powdered everything, pathetic bread, the abomination of Pillsbury creamy frosting that contains no cream or vanilla. It upsets her that we pay so much for these food.' But, let us use our common sense, not all of us can stay at home and make meals from scratch everyday. We do the best we can, but we can be aware of what is in our food, and what is best bought and best homemade. That is the best of this book. Jennifer Reese has given us the beginning of a plan for our meals to provide the best for our families. That is the wisdom and the sage advice. Everyone should have a copy. I first heard Jennifer being interviewed on an NPR program,and waited for the book's release. You won't be disappointed.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 11-06-11

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on 3 December 2011
When buying certain foods, many of us often wonder if making them from scratch might be worth the effort. Jennifer Reese's "Make the Bread, Buy the Butter" helps with those decisions. But, the book is much more that a cookbook or a home economics reader (she compares the prices of food bought from the store vs made at home) which provides one of two easy to follow pieces of advice, 'Make it.' of 'Buy it.' She is HILARIOUS. Her ruminations on keeping chickens, people's desire for Nutella NOW and her husband and family's not always enthusiastic feedback to all of her cooking are memorable. So, it provides helpful cooking advice, practical consumer advice (although geared to the US market and dollars) and a highly entertaining read. "Buy it."
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on 18 December 2013
An interesting read, and may save me from some expensive experiments. Be aware though, that It is quite american, so some of the comments and cost comparisons don't really translate easily.
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on 27 September 2015
great recipes, very witty writing. had me in stitches at times!
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on 3 December 2011
The term "running round like a headless chicken" alludes to the fact that once a chicken's neck is broken, the way that a chicken is killed humanely, the heart and muscles of the bird are still active so the chicken will literally run about, in oblivion, with a broken neck - until the heart stops pumping.

The author of this idiotic book claims that her father cut off the head of a chicken whilst he was alive!

But when it came to eating him she was only worried about the fact that she had witnessed him eating centipedes - even though it's stomach would have been removed - instead of the fact that, if true, her and her father would have been covered in blood after cutting off the head of a live chicken!

Please don't buy this story book. The woman is quite clearly a delusional liar!
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