Monday, September 14, 2015

One Of The Nicest Recipe Books I Have Ever Received

I was so excited to receive this book to review. I grew up in an area of Western NY where many Amish and Mennonite lived. When I got married, I moved to an area of Indiana where many Amish and Mennonite live. You can imagine the chances I have had to try their fabulous, down-home cooking over the years.

This cookbook is absolutely wonderful. It is full of traditional recipes we all associate with Mennonite cooks. The book is divided into sections, making it easy to find a main dish, side dish or specific kind of dessert. What I really like are the wonderful memories you get to read that are associated with specific recipes. It makes them more personal. I can relate to that as I have many recipes that are special to me and my family.

The photographs in the book are just lovely and makes me think of the many drives we have made through the Mennonite and Amish communities near us. But the best thing are all the wonderful recipes. They are easy to read and follow. There are even extra little tips included in some. Many are simple and traditional and a few things are thrown in that we "English" may not know much about.

This is a wonderful cookbook and I think it would make a great gift for a new or old bride!

About the book:
Gather Around the Amish Table (MennoMedia, September 2015) Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. Bake the pecan rolls that taste best after an ice-skating party, or try the hoagies that a community sold to help an Amish family with hospital bills. Discover the cocoa cupcakes with instructions to "stir by hand" that one young cook took literally, or whip up the whoopie pies that one Amish woman took to market in her horse and buggy. These cherished recipes speak of comforting traditions, lively communities, and strong Christian faith. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: "Bake someone happy!"

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About the author:
Lucy Leid is an Old Order Mennonite wife, mother, and cook in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

(there is no photograph of Lucy in compliance to the wishes of her faith. They believe having their photograph taken is a form of graven image and would be a sin.)

The reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

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