The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
To be published by Barbour Books on July 1st, 2013
This is probably the ideal first Amish cookbook to buy. Filled with mini-essays on Amish life as well as recipes, the book has photographs of Amish life and the foods mentioned and it is beautifully designed and presented. It is extremely useful having a comb-bound recipe book which will open and lie flat!
Some Amish cookbooks give recipes which are heavily reliant on convenience foods as ingredients, but I only noticed three recipes which needed cake mix or pudding mix; all the rest were "made from scratch". There is a good selection of recipes for many foods which are commonly referred to in Amish stories, and my daughters and I are already planning out a week in the summer vacation from school when we can have a whole week of Cooking Amish.
It is particularly nice to see the names of the owners of the recipes and the places where they come from, and the only thing I think is missing are some typical sample menus so the reader could see the amount and variety of dishes that might commonly appear on a typical Amish table.
It would make an ideal gift for anyone who loves Wanda's Amish books and it is great to see the two original cookbooks combined into one volume. I am so looking forward to buying a print copy to add to my cookbook collection!