Cookbook giveaway - Better from Scratch

Better from Scratch cookbook

Better from Scratch (Williams-Sonoma) is chock full of recipes for everyday food items that many of us purchase, like ketchup and bacon. You can read author Ivy Manning's views on why it's better to make these items from scratch in our author interview. In addition to the recipes, the book includes tips on food storage and how to make delicious DIY gifts.

We're delighted to offer three copies of Better from Scratch to EYB members. Enter soon - the contest ends on August 15, 2014.


  • rahiscock  on  7/18/2014 at 9:05 AM

    Lemon cordial! It's so easy to make, and taste so much lovelier than the commercial stuff.

  • TLC_Tim  on  7/18/2014 at 11:16 AM

    Bread. I bake all if our bread from scratch and will never go back to store-bought bread.

  • jaelsne  on  7/18/2014 at 11:22 AM

    I love making almond milk.

  • readingtragic  on  7/18/2014 at 12:06 PM

    Chilli sauce - my daughter grows the hottest chillies, and my son loves chilli sauce on everything - the hotter the better!

  • hillsboroks  on  7/18/2014 at 1:22 PM

    Pickles, jam and canned fruits and veggies are all better homemade. Also baked goods, sauces and salad dressings.

  • kimtrev  on  7/18/2014 at 2:02 PM

    pickled chili peppers

  • wester  on  7/18/2014 at 2:10 PM

    Mayonnaise - I just don't like the taste of store-bought anymore now, and it's so easy.

  • vinochic  on  7/18/2014 at 2:34 PM

    as much as I can, but nut milks, jams and granola are a few of the regular things...

  • HeatherLynn  on  7/18/2014 at 3:17 PM

    I love making my own strawberry jam and my own potato chips!

  • GillB  on  7/18/2014 at 3:37 PM

    Red Pepper relish

  • Zosia  on  7/18/2014 at 4:09 PM

    A variety of baked items, tomato sauce

  • southerncooker  on  7/18/2014 at 7:30 PM

    I love making from scratch things. My family especially loves my biscuits.

  • SamanthaV  on  7/18/2014 at 8:38 PM

    I love making mayo from scratch and adding in extra things like Chipotle Peppers for that added zing.

  • dbielick  on  7/19/2014 at 5:35 AM

    Roasted tomato sauce

  • Toppity  on  7/19/2014 at 10:42 AM

    Crackers are the best!

  • Globegal  on  7/19/2014 at 12:39 PM

    rolls, tartar sauce, tomato sauce

  • nightswimmer  on  7/19/2014 at 1:12 PM

    Homemade bread is the best! I especially like making brioche and cinnamon rolls.

  • ltsuk  on  7/19/2014 at 6:30 PM


  • fraserkr  on  7/19/2014 at 10:13 PM

    sweet potato chips

  • ballen  on  7/20/2014 at 7:31 AM

    Vinaigrettes and dressings

  • pgarcia  on  7/20/2014 at 9:00 AM

    Well I just started making fresh pasta again after many years - so right now, fresh pasta!

  • JaneC  on  7/20/2014 at 10:25 AM


  • Rutabaga  on  7/20/2014 at 12:45 PM

    I love making Neapolitan style pizza dough.

  • Mimmi  on  7/20/2014 at 2:43 PM

    Homemade salad dressings!

  • robinorig  on  7/20/2014 at 4:55 PM

    More and more I have been making things from scratch (although in my 20s I made granola, bread, yogurt and many other things from scratch regularly). I've gotten so that I really dislike most bottled salad dressings, both the flavor and the texture and prefer a salad lightly dressed rather than drenched with something thick and chemical tasting. I've always baked from scratch unless it's a fabulous bakery or pastry chef. And my latest is to make my own almond milk after looking at the list of ingredients on store bought and to make my own frozen vegetable bouillon. I've been making canned jams, pickles, pickled corn, etc, for a few years now. But my all time favorite is canning my own roasted tomatoes and tomato sauce with herbs from the garden. There is nothing like using your own fresh tasting canned tomatoes and sauce in recipes in the middle of winter!

  • LFallon  on  7/20/2014 at 9:53 PM

    I like to use whatever is available-preferably free! Tomato Relish,Plum Jam and Grapefruit Marmalade are all favourites and so simple to make it isn't worth buying them.

  • BarbW  on  7/21/2014 at 12:06 AM

    Steak Sauce. The right combination of sweet and saucy.

  • annieski  on  7/21/2014 at 3:59 AM

    Most of what we eat and we belong to a CSA and we can & preserve, pickle and freeze.

  • madamepince  on  7/21/2014 at 4:54 AM

    Kefir. Yogurt. Brine fermented vegetables. Up next: simple cheeses!

  • kedmiston  on  7/21/2014 at 11:26 AM

    Strawberry jam!

  • ccav  on  7/21/2014 at 12:52 PM

    Jams & preserves, preserved lemon, fermented veggies (garlic, sauerkraut, pickles), yogurt, yogurt cheese, breads, sprouts. It's always fun to learn new things, there's always something new to try!

  • obbigttam  on  7/22/2014 at 10:38 AM

    Guacamole - so simple really and beats store bought hands down every time.

  • Siegal  on  7/22/2014 at 11:13 AM


  • decklededges  on  7/22/2014 at 8:23 PM


  • Kerrey  on  7/23/2014 at 7:47 AM

    Salad dressing and BBQ sauce.

  • Jill_J  on  7/23/2014 at 11:01 AM

    Spice cake ... cake is an everyday food right?! ;)

  • Barb_N  on  7/23/2014 at 6:18 PM

    I haven't bought salad dressing in years. I make jams and pickles and preserved lemons. I would like to try my hand at crackers- they seem more foolproof than bread.

  • kaotway  on  7/23/2014 at 9:52 PM

    Homemade yoghurt - i enjoy half and then make the other half into labneh. Amazingly easy and i know exactly what is going into it!!

  • lawnchair7  on  7/23/2014 at 10:00 PM

    I love making variations of vanilla extract.

  • amyrinco  on  7/23/2014 at 10:09 PM

    Salad dressing, pickles, vanilla

  • Moo  on  7/23/2014 at 10:21 PM


  • Moo  on  7/23/2014 at 10:33 PM


  • Anitra Ros  on  7/24/2014 at 5:58 AM

    AnitraRoss Lemon Curd- the bought stuff is just soooooooooooooooo awful

  • nadiam1000  on  7/24/2014 at 7:15 AM

    Salted Caramel Sauce

  • sarahcooks  on  7/24/2014 at 8:01 AM

    Any kind of jam

  • JessicaEagle  on  7/24/2014 at 8:39 AM

    Thanks for this giveaway :) All kind of homemade salad dressing.

  • Sarabclever  on  7/24/2014 at 8:57 AM

    Yogurt. And bread. And jam!

  • ckline  on  7/24/2014 at 9:46 AM

    Biscuits! Warm from the oven with butter and I'm right back in my Grandmother's kitchen wishing summer would go on forever.

  • FunkyViriditas  on  7/24/2014 at 9:56 AM

    Cake, any kind of cake.

  • AmandaLeigh710  on  7/24/2014 at 9:57 AM


  • Nancith  on  7/24/2014 at 10:22 AM

    Scones--easy to make so many yummy kinds!

  • artigianbeer  on  7/24/2014 at 11:12 AM

    From scratch I love Pasta alla carbonara (egg and bacon), a soul food for me.

  • prpost  on  7/24/2014 at 11:18 AM

    Granola is a hit in our house

  • jennij  on  7/24/2014 at 12:36 PM

    I love a morning trip to the farmer's market for Roma tomatoes and then an afternoon of making ketchup! My ideal Saturday, sigh....

  • Amarie121  on  7/24/2014 at 6:47 PM

    Salad dressings and pasta sauce

  • finnipus  on  7/24/2014 at 10:58 PM

    Bread & mayonnaise!

  • poppiesandpavlovas  on  7/25/2014 at 3:07 AM

    bread, croissants, danish pastries, anything baked!

  • louie734  on  7/25/2014 at 8:19 AM

    Pizza - we like our own so much that we can't go out for it anymore :(

  • JoLynn  on  7/25/2014 at 10:51 AM

    I make my own honey mustard. I also make relish, bread, mayo, salad dressing...what do I not make from scratch? Pizza, eggrolls, yogurt...

  • CC22003  on  7/25/2014 at 3:42 PM

    Pasta Sauce, pasta, salad dressings, and pizza are the foods that I will make from scratch more so than other items.

  • Teemo  on  7/25/2014 at 5:13 PM

    caramel sauce

  • talieUS  on  7/25/2014 at 11:40 PM

    I like to make my own granola - no recipe so always different

  • rhelune  on  7/26/2014 at 1:20 AM

    Bread, nut milks, nut cheeses and pasta sauces.

  • FieryItalian  on  7/26/2014 at 3:12 AM

    Peanut butter, pizza bases, chutneys and relishes

  • wanda72  on  7/26/2014 at 9:02 AM

    Pudding is the best when made from scratch.

  • DesiKim  on  7/26/2014 at 2:12 PM

    soup stock

  • infotrop  on  7/26/2014 at 5:11 PM


  • TheSpicedLife  on  7/27/2014 at 7:50 PM

    Thai curry, with from scratch curry paste.

  • Queezle_Sister  on  7/28/2014 at 3:08 PM

    yeast bread, crusty, warm and delicious.

  • boardingace  on  7/30/2014 at 10:34 AM

    Pasta, bread, and Ice cream

  • trudys_person  on  7/30/2014 at 10:51 PM

    Everything is better from scratch, but I particularly love bread - fresh out of the oven!

  • sharifah  on  7/31/2014 at 8:10 AM


  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  8/1/2014 at 8:44 PM

    ricotta cheese which i then use to make gnocchi :)

  • homeeccentric  on  8/7/2014 at 7:50 AM


  • sarahawker  on  8/8/2014 at 7:35 PM

    Jam, Coconut Milk, Almond Flour, bread!

  • patsylu  on  8/10/2014 at 11:06 PM

    matzo balls

  • milgwimper  on  8/11/2014 at 12:21 PM

    Breads, pizza, and jams

  • rivergait  on  8/13/2014 at 7:38 PM

    Chicken Stock. My kids now tend to run the other way when I pull out the entire chickens from the plastic bag to dismember them into serving-size groups and bags. Everybody has to find the kidneys or look at an esophagus, or something like that. I keep a running frozen bag of bones, etc. to make intense dark stock that beats canned stuff hands down.

  • BarbaraM48  on  8/14/2014 at 4:02 PM


  • diannerh49  on  8/15/2014 at 12:53 AM

    Pickled cakes and veggie.

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