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Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook: Over 240 Recipes for Using and Preserving the Bounty of the Land Spiral-bound – August 1, 2016
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About the Author
Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.
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I have a list of recipes I want to try and so I'll list a few of them here ~ Pumpkin cookies, Harvest Loaf, Bundt Zucchini Cake,
Canning ~ Apple Pie Filling, Canning ~ Old Fashioned Apple Butter ... don't they all sound delicious?
Ms. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook is a treasure trove of recipes!
Thank you to Shilo Press, Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the free gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Amish are well known for awesome preserves and canned foods. Although, I have to say I am nervous about some of the recipes. I had never heard of canned nuts or popcorn before, the recipes call for them to be canned in the oven. Even though they are dry goods this practice isn't recommended by US foodsafety.gov. On the opposite page is vegetable soup it says to can in a water bath for 2 hours. The majority of the ingredients are low acid so should be done in a pressure canner to kill botulism spores. Please be cautious when canning! To their credit, the author and editors state at the beginning of the canning section that the recipes are from home cooks and to use caution. The other recipes seem ok.
Another thing that surprised me abut in the recipes was the use of processed ingredients. I was hoping for more from scratch cooking. Examples I noticed: Miracle Whip, Velveeta cheese (in several recipes), dry ranch dressing mix, lil smokies sausages, and cream of mushroom soup.
In the canning they use a lot of Clear Jel and Perma-flo.
In my mind I thought they would use all natural ingredients but that's not the case.
However, there are many recipes that are all from scratch and whole ingredients.
I am excited to try some of the recipes that are unlike anything I've seen before. For example:
Apple corn bread
Mamas red raspberry brew
The beginning of the book contains gardening tips. I am excited about these as I have a large garden and preserve the majority of my families vegetable consumption for the year.
I love the layout of the book and that it is spiral bound. It will be easy to use in the kitchen. It is indexed by key ingredients and by recipes by section.
There is a section for salads, soups, main dishes, sides, desserts, snacks and extras, and preserving the harvest.
Since the cookbook is a compilation of recipes from numerous Amish and Mennonite communities, the meals can easily be prepared by any home cook. Many items which are not found in your own garden are pantry staples. Although servings sizes are not annotated for most recipes, this can be easily approximated by the volume and number of ingredients. Additionally, we found the lay-flat spiral binding convenient as my children and I were testing recipes.
In our house we tend to select new recipes from cookbooks based on photographs, of which there is a significant amount. However all the food photos are stock photos, which came to my attention as the Easy Veggie Quiche had a crust in the photograph, but no crust in the recipe. Secondly, we raise chickens and therefore have a lot of farm fresh eggs — sadly the quiche recipe is the only breakfast recipe that contained our much loved ingredient. Finally, hamburger and Velveeta cheese make numerous appearances. If by chance you are a Velveeta cheese fan, there are 8 new recipes for you to try. The hamburger in the recipes could possibly be substituted for ground venison, turkey, or chicken. In the end, ground beef is the predominant protein (it's even in both the Easy Veggie Quiche and Green Bean Casserole) and frankly we don't eat a lot of it. While these three observations may not apply to your kitchen, for me the allure of Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook will remain the canning and organic gardening tips.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review."
As for the recipes, the pictures look absolutely gorgeous and appetizing. I am anxious to start trying quite a few of these for my own family. I love how each Amish contributor's name is given.
The recipes really do deal with your garden's harvest and the crops that you would commonly grow. It will add some great variety to anyone's meals. The Strawberry Cream Cake Roll looks delicious.
I can't wait to try them.
I received an ebook copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.