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The Amish Cook's Baking Book Hardcover – October 20, 2009

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785474
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. L. Estrada on December 31, 2012
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This is a beautifully presented and produced book. And, the cultural history aspects make for very interesting reading. However, there are so many major errors in the recipes, themselves, that they should only be attempted by experienced bakers who will be able to spot them and know how to correct them. For example, the Cherry Coffeecake recipe completely omits any liquid of any kind. An experienced baker will know that a cake recipe that calls for three cups of flour will need about 3/4C of milk or othe acidic liquid to activate the baking powder. Otherwise, you are making sugar cookie dough instead of cake batter. Some of the bread recipes say that they make one loaf when they actually make two. These are just two examples of the many erroneous recipies in this otherwise beautiful book. The errors are major and would lead a novice baker into culinary disaster. Best to stick to classic baking books and give this one a pass unless you are already very confident in the kitchen.
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I was given this cookbook from a relative who knew that I loved to go get authentic Amish food whenever I visited her in Indiana. While I cannot make these recipes to the caliber of the wonderful Amish ladies up north this cookbook has been really useful in making some lovely dishes.

First a bit of background about this book: Some people have commented on the little stories that are dispersed throughout this cookbook. The reason for this other than obviously providing interest is that these recipes are mainly just a compilation of stories and recipes written by Lovina that are published in various newspapers in the Midwest. From what I was told her mother originally started the column and after she passed Lovina took over the role of writing the column.

As far as the recipes go I feel like they are pretty fool proof. I read one review that complained that sometimes ranges instead of exact measurements were given. I have actually found this to be useful. For example some of the breads may taste better with more or less flour depending upon the oven you are using. Hence, when Lovina suggests 6-7 cups of flour for a recipe you have to either be intuitive enough about food to know when you've used the right amount or you may just want to make up the recipe using various amounts of flour to find what you like best. Regardless of how you make up the recipe though, I have always found that the resulting food is always quite tasty.

One thing I have found is that a lot of the recipes call for allowing the breads to rise multiple times. I have discovered that my recipes often turn out better if you simply place the bread in the proper pan or tin and then let it rise once in the container before cooking. This allows you to get lighter and fluffier rolls and breads.
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I am a novice baker who happens to enjoy Amish culture so this book was attractive to me. I have to say the handful of reviews that brought up the errors in this book gave me pause, but I went ahead and purchased it considering it had more reviews than bad. I now wish I had listen to my gut feeling and those reviewers who actually used the recipes and mentioned the errors.

I will first start off with the good. It is an attractive book with wonderful photos, stories, and plenty of yummy sounding old fashioned recipes. I've made the pumpkin cake, brownies, and peanut butter cookies and had success with them. I also made the basic frosting which I didn't particularly like. It was more of an icing used on cinnamon rolls and not something I'd want on a cake.

Now for the bad and the reason I am disappointed enough in this book to give it a one star.

I went to make the old fashioned ginger cookies because I wanted to make them as part of cookie packages I am putting together for Christmas gifts. The dough seemed far too soft for cookies, but the book specifically points out that the dough may seem soft and not to add more flour. It then mentions it needs to be refrigerated for at least two hours. I figured it would be fine after two hours, but it still appeared far too soft and mushy. So I let it remain for another 2 hours.

It still did not appear right, but I decided to go ahead and bake them anyway. Well, my gut instinct was correct because they came out as flat as crepes and did not resemble a cookie at all. The molasses also overwhelmed the cinnamon and ginger.

I wondered what could have possibly went wrong.
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This book is full of errors. It makes me wonder if any of these recipes were tested. For example- the butterscotch pie. The recipe contains salt TWICE. It has the baker adding eggs directly to boiling sugar water- no mention of tempering. What would happen when you add eggs directly to boiling liquid? They would scramble! The "butterscotch" custard wound up tasting like doughy nothing. I saved it by adding chocolate chips and creating a "chocolate cream pie". Just horrendous though. Haven't had one successful recipe out of this book and I'm a professional baker.
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