Make the bread, buy the butter
Jennifer Reese, a casualty of the economy, has used the time afforded by her joblessness to answer the questions that a growing band of foodies are asking: what is worth rolling up your sleeves, dragging out the kitchen scales and making for yourself - and what is not? Whether it's newfound frugality or the passionate pursuit of purity in all that passes the lips prompting the question, or most likely a complex combination of the two, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter explores the answers for us. Reese raised some chickens, bought a goat, canned ketchup, baked croissants, cured bacon and salmon, tackled Taleggio and made yoghurt. In the 'worth making' category, Reese lists baked beans and mustard, and in the 'buy it' one is tahini and potato crisps. Whatever the conclusion, for each foodstuff, recipes are given, and the hassle-factor and cost comparisons noted, so that you can make your own choice, depending on your motivations at any given moment.