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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

Not having read the book, I'm guessing it mostly breaks along the lines of perishability? E.g. bread lasts a few weeks, butter lasts a year.

Perishability is a factor. Other factors are start-up cost (e.g. chickens require building a coop), time, and preferred taste (some things just taste better from a store and some are better homemade).

The book is more of a fun read. There's some funny anecdotes about trying to raise bees and chickens.

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