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The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm & Pantry (Lovina Eicher's Amish Kitchen) Paperback – April 18, 2017
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About the Author
Lovina Eicher is author of the syndicated column, Lovina's Amish Kitchen, which appears in 40 newspapers around the United States and on a weekly blog. She is the author of several cookbooks. Lovina and her husband have eight children and live in rural Michigan.
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Impressive. She has quite the collection of delicious, homey recipes. This book's subtitle is "Everyday Recipes From Farm & Kitchen" so of course I knew I was going to love it. Let me tell you, farmer's don't go hungry!
Healthy, comforting dishes fill this beautiful book. I had to take some pictures with my iPhone and let you see a sample of what you will find in this cookbook.
The photographs that grace her pages are extraordinary. glossy and stunning, they make the cookbook a pleasure to visit. I'm a visual person and I enjoyed an afternoon of simply thumbing through and feasting with my eyes. But don't neglect the vast array of dishes to make and serve your family, friends, and neighbors in here. This book could help you become the most popular lady at church potlucks and neighborhood parties because it's filled with the kind of food that we love and remember.
Every farm woman needs this. It's like having your Gramma, mother's, and auntie's recipes gathered in one pretty place. But even if you're not a farmer, you'll love this cookbook.
After reading the introduction I searched for something to make. I was only going to do a few recipes but they tasted so good I made more. I was encouraged by the fact that my family loved all the recipes I made. I tried Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, muffins, Baked Oatmeal, Potato Pancakes, and Zucchini Fritters.
There are a wide variety of categories: Quick Breads and Yeast Breads, Breakfast Foods, Soups and Salads, Meats and Main Dishes, Cakes and Frostings, Pies, Cookies and Bars, Desserts and Candies, Snacks and Beverages, Relishes, Pickles, James and Jellies, Amish Church Meals, and Amish Wedding Meals.
The author's instructions are simple, the ingredients are easy to find, and there is a note from the author about the dish. The potato pancake note says, “These potato pancakes are good with a slice of cheese on top, or with bacon crumbled in them before cooking. We have these with biscuits and gravy sometimes. A tasty recipe!” I agree.
I liked that the author gave readers at look at meals that are usually associated with a church service. She shared some pictures at their church I liked. The last section is titled An Amish Wedding where the author shares how she and the community prepared for her daughter’s wedding. The chapter includes pictures and recipes of the food that was made for the event.
There’s a helpful index in the back of the book. You’ll love reading this book, making the recipes and telling your friends about the yummy garden to table meals you’ve made. I know I did.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Herald Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
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There were some surprises in this book. There is a recipe for Thick & Chunky Salsa. I was surprised that it had brown sugar in it. There is also a Venison Bake for those deer hunters out there. Some of the recipes are basic, like making ketchup and relish.
I always like to make at least one recipe when I review a cookbook. I noticed that my rhubarb plant was flourishing so I decided to make Lovina's French Rhubarb Pie. It was really sweet and a bit flatter than I am used to. It contained 2 cups of rhubarb and I think next time I'd increase it to 3 cups of rhubarb and decrease the sugar a bit.
I must add a little critique of the way the book is printed. Page numbers are at center top. That made it harder to find recipes and I would have preferred page numbers on a corner. Also, some fragrant chemicals were used in printing the book. People with breathing issues around certain chemicals may have difficulty using the book, as I did.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.