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About the Author

Together with editor Kevin Williams, Elizabeth Coblentz founded "The Amish Cook" newspaper column and later coauthored the column's namesake inaugural cookbook. Today, Lovina Eicher, Elizabeth's daughter, pens the column that continues to share Amish culture, tradition, and recipes with a nationally syndicated audience of more than 130 newspapers throughout the United States. Lovina lives in Michigan with her husband, Joe, and their eight children. Kevin lives in Ohio.

Together with editor Kevin Williams, Elizabeth Coblentz founded "The Amish Cook" newspaper column and later coauthored the column's namesake inaugural cookbook. Today, Lovina Eicher, Elizabeth's daughter, pens the column that continues to share Amish culture, tradition, and recipes with a nationally syndicated audience of more than 130 newspapers throughout the United States. Lovina lives in Michigan with her husband, Joe, and their eight children. Kevin lives in Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740797654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740797651
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book at a book store here in Texas and latched on before someone else got it.
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This book is a saga, a story covering 20 years of one extended family, Amish, one that has been read about for years via newspaper columns.
Harold Wolf
It's also a book about the importance of faith in God which permeates every aspect of Amish life.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A newspaper column in our local paper is written by Lovina Eicher. It has recipes, but so much more. It tells a true story of Amish life, a country way, a religious path, a simple method of living. It is not the words of Amish fiction authors, it is real life. So is this book. It is in the spirit of the column, "The Amish Cook", which so many have come to love and follow. A true sign of authenticity is the fact that although this book has an abundance of pictures, there are no human head images included. Working hands doing common jobs, cans of veggies preserved for winter, horses (you get to see their heads), buggies, church, homes, kids at play, it's all there, but without the facial images which is religiously unacceptable to this spiritual community.

This book is a saga, a story covering 20 years of one extended family, Amish, one that has been read about for years via newspaper columns. Now the column is written by Elizabeth's daughter Lovina, author of this book. This is so much more than just a cook book, although the recipes provided give a classic food experience from this different lifestyle. With this book you get stories and facts that let you see inside the home, family, and way of living so different that it's a form most of us could never abide. You will find in the stories and history the love that a close family shares. Love of life--way beyond food.

Recipes: Corn Relish, Ham Salad, Cheeseburger Loaf, Dutch Coleslaw.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Linnell-Olsen on October 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book as a gift for my mom who is interested in Amish culture. From the title, I expected a cookbook with a few tidbits about Amish life thrown in. The reverse is what this book really is.
The book is a compendium of newspaper columns written by Elizabeth Coblentz and later on by her daughter Lovina Eicher. Commentary from the newspaper editor, Kevin Williams, explains to the reader a little background on many of the columns.
I learned a great deal about modern Amish life in Indiana. From wedding customs to house church, the peak into the daily lives of these women gives a down to earth, homey view of their lives.
The recipes use a variety of basic ingredients and convenience items like store-bought mayonnaise and jello. Almost all of the recipes could be made by modern lifestyle cooks. The number of servings are often large, in the 8-10 range. There are also recipes for canned items, and the recipes make for large batches to be put up for later use. There are really only about 33 recipes in the book.
Some of the recipes are: Poor Man's Steak, Oven Omelette, Cheeseburger Loaf, Cucumber Salad, Homemade Ice Cream, Yumasetti, Whole Wheat Batter Bread, and Coconut Cream Pie.
This is a nice book if you want to learn about the Amish from journal style entries written by Amish women. The recipes are just a nice side addition to the text.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Amish Cooks' Anniversary Book: 20 Years of Food, Family, and Faith is a beautiful book, oversize with full color photos, some of food, others of scenery and artifacts, such as a horse-and-buggy. The book is a collection of columns spanning the years 1991-2010, written by Elizabeth Coblentz until her sudden death at sixty-six of an aneurysm. Her daughter, Lovina Eichel, took over, writing her first column in October 2002.

The Amish life is one of hard and constant work marked by an ever-present thankfulness and acceptance of God's way. Elizabeth says at one point, "God makes no mistakes." Amish families are close, and when children marry, they often set up their own homes close to their parents'. The Amish also make good neighbors, caring for one another--a benefit auction was held when Elizabeth's two-year-old grandson was hospitalized; the Amish carry no health insurance. The Amish worship in private homes, and the host family provides a plentiful meal for worshippers; in the evening, young people sometimes come back, requiring another meal.

Amish life does not allow some of the modern conveniences we take for granted, but rules vary from area to area. Horse and buggy is still the preferred means of transportation, though by the 1990s a few farmers bought motorized tractors. The Amish can ride in a car, especially long distances, if it is driven by a non-Amish person, and they can stay in modern hotels. Most Amish do not have electricity but in some areas they may have small appliances--alarm clocks, flashlights, etc. In Michigan, they are permitted to use gasoline-powered freezers, but those are not allowed in Indiana. The Amish grow their own vegetables and fruit and butcher their own meat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in Elkhart County IN which includes a very large Amish community and I love their stories and simple lifestyles. I found this book at a book store here in Texas and latched on before someone else got it. The stories make me think that I can look out my bedroom window and see a horse drawn buggy coming down the road. The family life of the Amish is deplicted accurately in this book and the recipes - they are as accurate as they can be - yes, they use many of the same food products from the grocery store as the "Englishers" do and their skill at making that perfect pie shell is learned as a young girl not like so many of us who don't master the skill of pie making till we are young married women. The quilting bees, the get togethers to help neighbors can the summer produce, going from home to home so all get their winter stock canned, the preparation of the wedding meals, all of the things that were spoken of in this book, that is true Amish life. Now I need to find all the other books by this remarkable person who makes the Amish life come alive in my mind and takes me back home where life is so much simpler and people actually look out for each other. To the reviewer who said that they were disappointed in the book - I am so sorry that you do not see the wonderful look into the Amish life that has been given you in this book, if you have never made Amish pie crust before it takes many attempts to get it right, both recipes that you mentioned are common place in my home and I am still, 30 years after my first attempt, learning to get it right! This is a wonderful book of a inside look at the "simple life" that few of us who are not of the Amish faith learn about.Read more ›
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