The angle: Skip the artificial ingredients and the price tag — make these pantry staples from scratch!
Recipes for right now: Dilly Beans, Strawberry Jam, Cheesy Crackers, Tea-Smoked Trout, Amaretto-Almond Butter, Membrillo, Granola Bars, Vanilla Marshmallows, Peanut Caramel Corn, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Who would enjoy this book? DIY-ers, cooks who like tinkering in the kitchen.
• Who wrote it: Ivy Manning
• Who published it: Weldon Owen
• Number of recipes: Over 60
• Other highlights: This cookbook is full of simple, approachable projects — they're not the kinds of intensive DIY recipes that will require tons of special equipment or a dedicated weekend of their. They're meant to be fun!
There's also a good range of projects covered here, from quick pickles and strawberry jam to things like curing your own bacon and making limoncello. Pick and choose your project-du-jour and then come back for more.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Better from Scratch by Ivy Manning
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