New books for week of January 21, 2012

Book cover of“Make the Bread, Buy the Butter” by Jennifer Reese“Make the Bread, Buy the Butter”
by Jennifer Reese

Known to her online foodie following as The Tipsy Baker, Jennifer Reese brings a realistic and very funny perspective to the homemade trend, testing whether to make from scratch or simply buy over 100 foods, in what is destined to become the new go-to reference for home cooks. Full of recipes and featuring an extensive chart at the end that summarizes the make-versus-buy status of every food, this practical book reminds readers that they don’t have to do everything by hand.

 

Book cover of “Capitol Hill Cooks” by Linda Bauer“Capitol Hill Cooks”
 by Linda Bauer

With love of great cuisine and the bounty of our nation evident in each of these recipes, Capitol Hill Cooks contains recipes from members of the current Congress, as well as every president from George Washington (Cranberry Pudding) to Barack Obama (Shrimp Linguini). Many contributors to this book even include notes about their ethnic backgrounds, favorite indigenous foods and fond memories of meals shared with others.

 

Bookcover of “Perfect Pies” by Michele Stuart“Perfect Pies”
by Michele Stuart

The smell of a pie baking in the kitchen immediately conjures up feelings of comfort, nostalgia, and love. Michele Stuart vividly remembers standing at her grandmother’s apron hem as a child, as she fine-tuned family recipes that had been passed down for generations. You don’t have to travel to Michele’s Pies in Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut, though, to taste Stuart’s mouthwatering creations.