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Cooking from Quilt Country : Hearty Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens Hardcover – February 13, 1988
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The layout for the recipes is not in a category format, but thematically and by seasons: 1. "The Greening of Indiana". 2. "Summer Days". 3. "Shades of Autumn". 4. "Winter's Rest"; as an example, though there are many superb, hearty recipes in "The Soup Pot", which is part of the final winter section, the tasty Asparagus Soup is part of "The Earth Stirs" in the first spring section.
Each chapter starts with some history, as in "The Barn Raising" in the summer section, which describes this terrific community tradition (those who have seen the Harrison Ford film "Witness" will remember the barn raising scene), where the women prepare a noon meal for a hundred or more men, and arrange it on long tables...and how these meals are "still prepared in kitchens without electricity" (pg. 65).
There is a chapter on Thanksgiving, with the traditional Amish-Mennonite menu. It would be interesting for someone with a large family to prepare this from the Apple Salad to the Mincemeat and Custard Cornbread.
The paper quality is good, with a semi-matte finish, and the photographs by Alexandra Avakian capture the atmosphere and beauty of the rural locations, the houses, the creative and colorful quilts, and the people; the children are exquisite, and look so healthy.
This book represents a wonderful piece of Americana and a basic part of our heritage; it is lovely to look at, a pleasure to read, and full of wholesome, nutritious and delicious recipes to treasure for generations.
I make the Hot Water Pie Crust in nine-crust batches and freeze it (it freezes perfectly). It is the easiest pie crust recipe I've ever used and tastes just like Grandma's. We don't have pie often, due to its fat content, but when we do, this crust never fails.
The oven-fried chicken recipe is also a winner. Again, it has a lot of fat, but it's great for special occasions and company dinners.
Kudos to Marcia for ensuring that these treasured recipes aren't lost, and for providing a peek at a unique way of life.
I have several cookbooks, either the kids won't eat the recipes I make, they taste awful, or it's to expensive with all the ingredients.
This book is an absolute jem for the mother who needs to be able to fix a simple meal, quickly, and without all the ingredient fuss. Most of the recipes in here call for flour, butter, oil, lard, sugar. You know your basic staples.
My kids love these recipes. The apples I made in brown sugar, fantastic. Tastes just like Cracker Barrels. I also like the fact that when your cooking this way the preservatives are at a absolute minimum, which is great.
For those of you who commented on how healthy this book is please look into your history books or pictures of your grandparents. You can't find the fat person. I've been to several countries and America is by far the fattest. The other countries all lacked skim milk, low fat this, fat free this, and corn syrup in everything.
I am by the way overweight and haven't gained a pound from this book. Moderation my dear. I've actually lost weight. Great book, I highly recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had this cookbook for years, I moved and gave it away. I was so excited to see it was still available. The recipes are wonderful, very wholesome.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by snagglepuss
Read an article raving about the apple pie. The crust recipe-patted in pan is worth the price of the book.Published 2 months ago by Erika Eckley
Love this book. The Amish way of cooking is simple and oh so good. ThanksPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I lost my well-used copy of this cookbook in a house fire years ago, and I'm SO happy to have another copy back in my kitchen! Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Meyer
This is my second copy that I bought for my vacation home, I love it so much!Published 5 months ago by R. Broome
This cookbook is fantastic. Here's a tip, use the Cinnamon Roll recipe and you'll be a huge hit with friends and family. The roll recipe is seriously the best I've ever had!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Renee Shafer
One of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Check out the "Pat-in-pan" recipe for one-crust pies. People rave when I make this crust. It's the flakiest ever!Published 8 months ago by Nevada Gal