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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

who wants a present? a really cool present?

My friend and yours, Jennifer Reese--known on my sidebar as the Tipsy Baker--has written a superb cookbook. I have read it from cover to cover, and although I am waiting to do a complete review until I've cooked something in every category, this is what I can tell you: I was reading it aloud to my family on the way to John's parents' house for dinner on Sunday, and they were enthralled. If I stopped to swallow or read a recipe they exclaimed, "Keep reading!" That's because she is a great writer, and the personal anecdotes are charming and engaging. It's a lovely book, and although my recipe testing is not finished, I know you're safe with at least the Vadouvan Mac N' Cheese, Isabel's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Everyday Bread, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pudding, Cocoa, Vanilla Extract, Ricotta and Lard.

The premise of the book is that there are some things it's worth it to make yourself--a lot of things--but there are things that others do as well or better, and you don't need to waste your time on that stuff. I was illuminated and validated. It's a wonderful book. I want you to have it. And it turns out I have an extra copy!

If you would like to win your very own free, brand new, pristine copy of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, here's what you need to do: in the comments, tell us something about food. Something you love to make, something you hate to make, something you thought you had to buy but found out you don't, something you thought you could make but found out you'd rather buy, an interesting or little-known fact about some food . . . anything about food.

The contest will go until Saturday, October 29th at midnight, at which point I will randomly select a winner, and mail you your very own copy of this cookbook that, regardless of the high esteem in which I hold Tipsy herself, is now one of my Kitchen Standard Works.

16 comments:

Bamamoma said...

Awesome! I'd love a copy. Right now I'm making some syrup and homemade buttermilk pancakes (at E's request). I never buy either of these items. I grew up with homemade pancakes and could never buy a pancake mix. Buttermilk is one my staples, always in my fridge. I've had friends be amazed at that, "I've never bought it" they say. Well, I'm never without it but I've never considered making my own buttermilk. :)

I'm excited to read this book!

goose said...

What a great idea for a contest, and what a great prize! My story doesn't reflect well on me, but that's my problem, not yours. I love homemade granola, just love the freshness and having the right mix of grains, fruit etc. But, although it's not at all hard to make, I don't seem to get around to making it more than about once a year. Am I just lazy, or do I have some deeper, more serious problem?

Amelia Jane said...

I have never gotten into making homemade stock. I have a tiny freezer anyhow (apartment living) and I like highly seasoned things so you're not going to notice the nuances of homemade stock. On the other hand, I am a total snob about real maple syrup. Go figure.

Barbie said...

Okay, I'm going to comment on the comments so far. I'm with Bamamoma on the buttermilk staple and have also never tried to make it. I think homemade granola is hands down better than any expensive store kind and I think that homemade stock from homemade chickens takes a great soup over the top to soup heaven. I like making my own vanilla extract (must be the anticipated trip to the liquor store), and I have an ice-cream snobbery problem now that I have been making my own ice-cream. I have made my own pasta but most of the time buy it because it seems to take too much time for the taste.

Mom M. said...

Since I'm a Food & Nutrition major at U. of Utah, worked as a Dietitian, I qualify for anything about food, don't I.

My favorite is canned dehydrated water...can't do without it.

I really would love the book, though.

All8 said...

Sign me up! For me it's Cream soups. Really easy to do, but a total pain when I'm in the middle of something else that needs it; so I buy cream of whatever soups. Ack. Don't judge. And maybe yogurt, easy to do, but I buy it more often than not. Hm, I should probably stop now before you think me a total heathen.

Pamela said...

Soooo excited! I want a copy! I am trying to get back to simpler cooking and making more at home with less process "stuff". I make my own hummus, cream cheese, yogurt and definately baked goods. Looking forward to new ideas!

Kitchen Ninja said...

Uh oh, I'm going to look like the spoiler here but I never buy buttermilk anymore. Whenever I needed it for a recipe, I would only wind up using a tiny bit and then the rest would end up spoiling. So now I just use the trick of adding a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup of milk and letting it sit for a few minutes. Works like a charm and I don't have to feel bad about wasting buttermilk. Sorry, Bamamom and Barbie!

And I would love a copy of Tipsy's book -- been following her blog for a while now and just love her.

Thanks!

Ms Laura Lee's Garden said...

In 2009 I had 1/3 acre in O.C. CA. I love love love to garden so I planted...some herbs, some tomatoes, some lavender expecting not to much success! 30 lbs of tomatoes a week later I was in big trouble and alas the Urban Farm started. I forgot to mention the hens...2 dozen eggs a day!!!! So I started canning and cooking and making breads and jellies but now all these hours, money and time later I have no idea which things I should grow and cook (I cook everything lovingly!!) and which to save time and just buy???? So I am thrilled that this book is now here and I'd be so greatful for a copy! Ms Laura Lee (ps I've moved back to the city one hen in toe, but looking to buy larger acreage out of state next year)

Dina said...

I love baking bread! It is soo much better than anything I've bought from the store. aitmama {{at}} gmail {{tod}} com

Gina said...

The book sounds awesome. I've made tortillas. I know some people love to make homemade tortillas and they are so much better than store ones, etc. I just buy them now because I never got to the point of them not being a lot of work. I sometimes make yogurt. Torn on that one. It really isn't much work, but it's just so convenient to buy... But pancake, waffle, or cake mix? Never buy. Also, buttermilk powder is pretty great stuff.

kalea_kane said...

Oh this sounds divine! When it came to making things from scratch I used to be a "buy it, don't even try it," kind of gal, but recently (wait more like in the past year) I have been trying my hand at making more things for myself. First it was banana bread (I was a Pilsbury quick bread girl but no more), then I moved onto yogurt, meatballs, and fudge. My favorite thing to make is definitely soup stock. So worth it and saves me sooooo much. Thank you for sharing about Jennifer's book.

Sarah said...

Growing up I didn't actually know what "making from scratch" even meant. I thought the only way you could make most stuff was from a box. Turns out, food tastes WAY better when you make it with...well, food. Not plastic. Or chemicals. Or words I can't pronounce. So, now I like making lots of stuff: breads, cakes, soups, roast, smoothies, oatmeal, pasta sauces, ...bunches of things. And I'm lucky enough to have married into a family of AMAZING cooks - so I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to excellent food. :)

Jenny said...

Pretty much, I think any dessert is better home made than store bought, except brownies. I usually find them on sale for $1 and our family loves them. You can't beat them for price or taste. That's about the only thing thats worth not making from scratch myself! One thing I would never buy is chile sauce. I can the best chile sauce and we practically drink it with meatloaf and roast beef! I'm with Kitchen Ninja on the buttermilk, only I use lemon juice instead of vinegar. And Mom M.- is there really such a thing as canned dehydrated water?! Ah well. There ya go! My two bits- sounds like a great book!

Matt and Emily said...

This book looks awesome. I had never heard of making hash browns from real grated potatoes instead of from the frozen bags until I married into a family that likes good food and makes them all the time. They are so yummy and I will never go back.

Bamamoma said...

Oh Jenny, no brownie in a box can match Phil's brownies! And they aren't that hard to make!

My buttermilk never goes bad because we have pancakes or waffles at least twice a week. I also use it for some rolls and biscuits. Plus, it lasts for quite a long time. I realize that I'm unique in the amount of buttermilk I use and would never criticize the lemon juice or vinegar or powdered bunch.