Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Authentic Amish Cookbook


The Authentic Amish Cookbook
Compiled by Norman and Marlena Miller
Published by Harvest House, 1st March 2015


This book will be a welcome addition for anyone who collects cookbooks or who is interested in the Amish food culture.  In keeping with the plain and simple lifestyle of the Amish, this recipe book is simply laid out and presented. Its simplicity has presumably contributed to its production costs as this is an inexpensive yet surprisingly comprehensive book compared to many other Amish cookbooks I have seen.

I liked seeing the words (and music!) for popular hymns, both English  and German, interspersed throughout the book as well as the quotations. Each chapter opens with a simple yet effective black and white photograph; many of the recipes have attributions to the contributors and there is a useful notes section to add your own recipes or annotations.  

Some recipes in the main body of the book, such as the Potato Salad, serve huge numbers - this one makes 5 quarts - and are ideal for catering for pot-lucks, church meals etc and there is also a special section for catering for large numbers of people, as well as a specific chapter on canning and freezing, a chapter with miscellaneous recipes such as dandelion jelly, honey butter, beef or venison jerky, Play-Doh and finger paints and a few pages of "Inspirational Gems for Mothers" which may sound a little twee but are actually very practical and useful. For those with specific dietary needs, a section entitled Health Food Recipes provides healthy alternatives to the main recipes, using carob, honey and whole grains.

I would add for the UK or European reader, that there are recipes which are sadly going to be a bit difficult to make due to the specific American nature of some of the processed ingredients, although you can always look upon it as a perfect opportunity to experiment until you find an appropriate substitute ingredient - I still cannot find anything which approximates well to Cool Whip!



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2 comments:

elizabeth said...

nice! funny that the Amish are using processed foods; this seems odd and perhaps antithetical to how they would be....

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Like all of us, I suppose, sometimes time-saving additions to a meal make life a whole lot easier :-)