Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks.
Bake the pecan rolls that taste best after an ice-skating party, or try the hoagies that a community sold to help an Amish family with hospital bills. Discover the cocoa cupcakes with instructions to “stir by hand” that one young cook took literally, or whip up the whoopie pies that one Amish woman took to market in her horse and buggy.
These cherished recipes speak of comforting traditions, lively communities, and strong Christian faith. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!”
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Amish cooking, Gather Around the Amish Table is your go-to source. This collection of recipes is as varied as it is drool-worthy.
That’s one of the best things about this book: the variety of the recipes. Leid, the woman who pulled this book together, didn’t write them all – instead, she polled family and friends to find the best of the best. These recipes not only cover a wide range of food and styles, but they also vary in the amount that each makes. A recipe that makes a few hundred doughnuts can be found right beside a recipe that serves four. Anyone could find recipes to suit the size of their gathering from this book.
You’ll find versions of the most popular Amish and Mennonite recipes here, too. Sure, there are whoopee pies and doughnuts, but you’ll find yummasetti and casseroles and salads, too. There are simple ones and more difficult ones, but if there’s a recipe you’ve heard about Plain people eating, you’ll probably find a version of it in this book.
When it comes right down to it, the recipes sound delicious. My Big Helper and I have picked out a bunch of them to make, and we can’t decide where to start. It all looks good!
If you’re in need of a new cookbook, definitely check out Gather Around the Amish Table.
Lucy Leid is an Old Order Mennonite wife, mother, and cook in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
I received a free copy of Gather Around the Amish Table from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.