“The Essential Amish Cookbook” by Lovina Eicher

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Taste the goodness of Amish life.

Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist Lovina Eicher brings together the best of Amish cooking in The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry. Join Eicher as she shares traditional Amish recipes along with her own kitchen tips and secrets. Growing up, Eicher learned to cook and bake at an early age alongside her mother, longtime columnist and Amish cookbook author Elizabeth Coblentz, and has put those skills to use in her own Amish kitchen as she cooks for her eight children.

The easy-to-follow, authentic recipes you’ll find in The Essential Amish Cookbook are prepared every day in countless homes in Old Order Amish communities across North America. Many of the more than 100 recipes are richly illustrated with step-by-step photographs to help you learn Amish cooking just as if you were in Lovina’s kitchen. From hearty main dishes to substantial sides—plus a generous sampling of scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts—learn how to make the hearty, simple dishes that the Amish cook together and serve at home, church services, and weddings.

In a fast-food, digital world, the book’s colorful photos and conversational tone provide a real taste of Amish life and invite you to slow down. Your family will come to love her Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, Rhubarb Juice, Roast Beef with Veggies, Oven Crusted Chicken, pickles, jams, and so much more. Experience the simple joys of Amish life—food, faith and family!

Lovina Eicher

The Essential Amish Cookbook is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to make basic Amish foods or to learn more about the Amish way of life.  With recipes that match every type of dish and specialty foods besides, there’s something for everyone in this book.

There are many recipes that I’m excited to try.  The Swiss Roll Bars sound amazing, and that’s definitely going to be the first one I make.  There are lots of others that I want to try, though, too:  Breakfast Pizza and Egg Dutch are both up there, and Peach Butter will be made as soon as peaches come into season.  There are too many yummy-sounding pies to list, and My Big Helper has her own wishlist from this book, so it’s going to keep us busy for a while.

As exciting as it is to see all these delicious-sounding recipes gathered into one place, my absolute favorite part of the book is the photographs.  They’re definitely far above what you find in your typical cookbook, and they’re not all of food, either. With artistic shots of many aspects of Amish life, The Essential Amish Cookbook is more than a recipe book – it’s the perfect coffee table book for someone who loves beautiful country photos.

I received a free copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.


  1. This sounds wonderful from the tasty recipes to the beautiful country pictures you described.

    The Amish certainly have a knack for making delightful food! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

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