Book Review: The Essential Amish Cookbook

9 May

Taste the goodness of Amish life.

Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist Lovina Eicher brings together the best of Amish cooking in The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry. Join Eicher as she shares traditional Amish recipes along with her own kitchen tips and secrets. Growing up, Eicher learned to cook and bake at an early age alongside her mother, longtime columnist and Amish cookbook author Elizabeth Coblentz, and has put those skills to use in her own Amish kitchen as she cooks for her eight children.

The easy-to-follow, authentic recipes you’ll find in The Essential Amish Cookbook are prepared every day in countless homes in Old Order Amish communities across North America. Many of the more than 100 recipes are richly illustrated with step-by-step photographs to help you learn Amish cooking just as if you were in Lovina’s kitchen. From hearty main dishes to substantial sides–plus a generous sampling of scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts — learn how to make the hearty, simple dishes that the Amish cook together and serve at home, church services, and weddings.

In a fast-food, digital world, the book’s colorful photos and conversational tone provide a real taste of Amish life and invite you to slow down. Your family will come to love her Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, Rhubarb Juice, Roast Beef with Veggies, Oven Crusted Chicken, pickles, jams, and so much more. Experience the simple joys of Amish life–food, faith and family!

Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish cook, writer, and mother, penned The Amish Cook newspaper column that her mother, Elizabeth Coblentz, began in 1991. Now writing her column under a new name, Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, Eicher is the coauthor of several cookbooks, including The Amish Cook at Home, The Amish Cook’s Anniversary Book, and Amish Cooks Across America.

My Impressions:

Not only do the foods featured in The Essential Amish Cookbook look good, they taste good too. In fact the ones I tried were delicious and begged for second helpings. Lovina Eicher’s book includes recipes that are family and community tested, so you know your family will love them too. The book is a feast for the eyes with beautiful photographs not only of the food, but the Amish countryside as well. Recipes are grouped as you would expect — Breakfast Foods, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts and Candies, etc. — with many ending in a personal note by the author. But as a special added bonus,the author features Amish Church Meals and Amish Wedding Meals with extensive background on both.

I made two recipes (so far) — Breakfast Casserole and Peanut Butter Dream Bars. Both were big hits. The instructions were easy to follow and the ingredients, many of which were in my pantry, easy to acquire. I made the Breakfast Casserole at our small cabin in the mountains. This make-ahead dish was easy to accomplish in my tiny kitchen, and it made a great pre-church meal.

For a bit of down-home goodness packaged in a lovely book, The Essential Amish Cookbook, would make a great gift for your favorite foodie. And remember Mother’s Day is just around the corner; mom will love this!

 

Highly Recommended.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Herald Press and MennoMedia for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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