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How do you make cheese from pantry staples? Or create an oven smoker from scratch in just two minutes? Or make ice cream without a machine? In Home Made, Yvette van Boven shows you how, complete with an irreverent voice, step-by-step photos and illustrations, and a gorgeous photo alongside every recipe. While her recipes are rooted in a natural, from-scratch cooking philos...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang (first published January 1st 2010)
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Darren
The publicity material for this book had the following two sentences in bold: "I have used things that I thought you will have in your house - an oven, a cooktop, a knife and a colander. My recipes represent a starting point to help you on your way but I hope that you will make up your own versions and create fresh memories."

This reviewer's first response was to write this off as marketing claptrap and a bit patronising, to be honest, but after just a few pages of this books this initial sceptic...more
Laura
Okay, so admittedly I just bought this book and have yet to make anything from it. But I just flipped through the whole thing, and I think it is the perfect cookbook for someone who loves to make things from scratch (i.e. me). First, she covers all the basics, so if you want to learn to make your own soup stock, your own condiments, your own cheese, your own bread, your own ice cream, your own herbal teas, your own chocolate, your own smoked meat, etc., you will not be disappointed. Second, the...more
Dymphy
This book is a colourful booked packed with the most amazing photos and recipes. Everything looks incredibly tasty, although I've yet to try a recipe.
I've bought the book because I wanted to make my own things from scratch, but I was a bit dissapointed since there are more "dishes-recipes" then "basics-recipes". Plus, with making jam, her method mainly consists mostly of getting store-bought gelatinesugar, which is a no-no in my case.
It is matter of time to find out the irreplaceability of this...more
Kate
Physically this is a gorgeous book, complete with two ribbon page markers, a satisfyingly hefty hard cover, and stunning photos. I must admit, though, that I didn't try a single recipe. Everything looked tasty, but somehow just wasn't something I wanted to try at the moment. I might get it out of the library again when I'm feeling more ambitious, but I feel that a lot of the basic recipes are probably things I'll run into other places and try then. Definitely worth checking out if you're a foodi...more
Selket Nicole
i love the aesthetic of this book. gorgeous pics that really feel like you're looking at someone's family album of snapshots. i also really like and appreciate the book's focus on cooking with the things that an average home cook already has in her kitchen. that is, cooking without the need to run out and purchase hundreds of kitchen gadgets (not that i don't also love the gadgets, sometimes, or the excuse to buy them). this is a beautiful addition to my cookbook collection.
Kimberly
This book is freaking fantastic. If you have ever wanted a book that literally made you want to reach into the pages and feel, eat, taste and bond with the food on the page - this is it.

This is classic new rustic French. The pictures! The layout! The recipes! I just want to cook everything from it!

As a side note - this has classic recipes for making ketchup and mustard. The mustard recipe was actually the tipping point in me purchasing the book.
Cristov
Beautifully photographed tome full of recipes, meal planning ideas and tips. There are topics covering everything from making cheese to chocolate to jam to tea with a few variations for each. The meal planning ideas range from High Tea to What to Cook for a Funeral. One of the best features in the book are it's multiple indexes including a table of contents, a recipe index and an ingredient index.
Tara
Irish author who lives in Holland and France. The recipes reflect those cultures. I love her illustrations.
Jessica
I have yet to make a recipe from this book but it did kind of make me want to visit Amsterdam and also to feel a little sad that I live in the city of Chicago instead of on an old farmstead with a big garden in Europe somewhere...maybe someday. I still can't wait to start making some of these yummy recipes.
Heather Roberts
highlighted on pia jane's blog. just published. not in english yet. the photo's are outstanding. the recipes, although in dutch, i can hardly wait to make. feels worthy of having it sent then playfully deciphering each dish using terribly splotchy internet translation. oh would be such good times.
Amy Elizabeth
Love the lettering, the photographs and concept. I want to make my own bread and my own jam to put on it. I may skip making my own tea. I fear I will pick the wrong thing and end up with a pot full of lawn clipping. " more tea?" Oh no thank you. I want to make the gnocchi someday.
Nora
From a fast & easy Hollandaise sauce to a frittata using fresh mint to preserves of all kinds. Very European recipes--what exactly IS a Sunchoke? Anyone? Some sounded amazing & others were a clean pass. I'd love to try making cheese the way they show.
Juli Anna Herndon
Very unique cookbook; one part gourmet, restaurant-based recipes, one part European farm-wife how-to manual for canning, preserving, etc. Will a be a great reference. Somewhat meat-heavy, but you can't win them all. Also, photos are excellent.
Nicola
I loved paging through this cookbook. I expected to find a few recipes I might incorporate in my weekly rotation, but instead I found myself thoroughly enjoying the book - photography, illustrations, etc. Made me want to create a book.
JDAZDesigns
Great!

Which should be enough of a statement.

But I can't stop there. This bad boy is packed with everything. Recipes, menus, instructions. All well-written, easy to follow and bring the desired results.

I love it!
Debbie
This is a beautifully illustrated cookbook. It is filled with recipes I might be more apt to buy ready-made although it's given me a greater interest in trying my hand at making my own duck confit and cheese.
Patrick
A cookbook lovely enough for your coffee table, with recipes practical enough that you will actually make them. What I've tried is delicious as well.

Illustrated step-by-step guides to reduce confusion.
Ashley
Between 2 and 3 stars. There are some really amazing recipes in here, but its super european so there are also a lot of them that i will never use.
Elle
This book is great. A lot for the amount of money you pay, it's pack full of recipes, recipes you'll actually make and want to make. Yup, it's good.
Rachel Taylor
Beautiful cookbook, but the recipes have a lot of unusual ingredients and it's not very reachable to a general audience.
Kim1983
Good concept for a book & nice layout. Unfortunately I didn't want to cook anything. Very gourmet & lots of meat recipes.
Elizabeth
Loving this so far. The photography is stunning and the recipes unique which is hard to find these days.
Rebeca
Not a book for recipes, but one for inspiration. Beautiful projects and ideas, amazing photography.
Abigail Twombly
Bought this for the graphic design but the recipes are fabulous as well.
Anita
Oh. My. G..
De Bananoffee Pie....

Do I need to say more??
Liz DeCoster
Oct 23, 2012 Liz DeCoster rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alice Kirby
Shelves: hobbies, food
Gorgeous visually, but the recipes are a bit muddled and avant guard.
Melissa
A beautiful book, with many great recipes and insight!
Jennifer
Beautiful book, but nothing caught my eye to make.
Beka
Love the hominess and the great pictures.
Catherine
The English version is available now
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