Review: Better Made At Home by Esterelle Payany

Better Made At Home: Salty, Sweet, and Satisfying Snacks and Pantry Staples You Can Make Yourself by Esterelle Payany

Ebook/Print (144 pages, BLACK DOG & LEVENTHAL)
Instead of buying mass-produced, often unhealthy food products, why not make your own? From crisp sesame crackers to Greek yogurt to tapenade, let the more than 80 simple and delicious recipes in Better Made at Home stock your pantry with staples that are better tasting and better for you.
In Better Made at Home, French cookbook author Estérelle Payany shows us how to make delicious food we can feel good about eating. She takes more than 80 packaged foods normally found in delis or gourmet food shops?from chips to chocolate pudding?and replaces them with recipes for healthier, better-tasting alternatives that can be made quickly and easily right in our own kitchens. For breakfast, make your own muesli or crostinis with homemade strawberry jam. For lunch, try your hand at grinding meat for hotdogs topped with homemade ketchup or batter up some homemade, crispy fish nuggets for dinner. Recipes for treats include candies (lollipops, marshmallows, and caramels), snacks (barbecue popcorn, tortilla chips, and pretzel sticks), and desserts (buttery shortbread and chocolate sandwich cookies).
Beautiful photography combined with vintage illustrations make for a book that is both timely and timeless.

Terrific for DIY lovers! (5 stars)

My friends and family think I love to cook but the truth is... I love to eat! And if you're not going to go broke enjoying eating there are things you learn to cook. But whipping up the basics had never really seemed like a thing you could do until I stumbled on this book on NetGalley last year. Translated and adapted from the French version I found it exceptionally accessible and friendly.

While I had originally sampled it as an advanced readers copy I wound up buying it because I liked it so much that I wanted to have a permanent copy. I've admittedly not actually used any of the recipes yet but I've been hoping to start making all of my own mayonnaise, ketchup, and the chocolate milk powder from the book. If you've ever considered purchasing a cookbook to teach you the basics I would definitely put this at the top of the list. From marshmallows and crackers to hamburger buns and fries you're going to have an arsenal of basics you'll never have to buy again... and you'll always know what goes into them!

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley but also purchased a copy.

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