Book Review: The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection

2 Bestselling Titles in 1

Wanda E. Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Barbour Books

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  • ISBN:  9781624162145
  • Price   $14.99

Description

From Barbour’s bestselling author of fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, comes The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection. This brand-new title is a treasure trove of recipes and interesting facts from the heart of Amish country and includes recipes divided into sections such as breads and rolls, desserts, main dishes, sides, jams and jellies—and more! You’ll find only the best of home cooking between the pages of this delightful book, and as an added bonus, you’ll find featured facts about Amish life. Topped off by one beautifully designed package, cooks of all ages will have a hard time passing this one up!

 

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Wanda Brunstetter

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 6 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York TimesPublisher’s WeeklyCBAECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, includingTime Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.

Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.  (Author’s website)

 

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Reader review . . .

People are fascinated with the Amish, and one of the reasons is their cooking.  Because of their “plain” lifestyle, they tend to cook with fresh or at least home-grown ingredients.  Peruse a few Amish cookbooks and you’ll find a great variety of dishes.

Perhaps no one (in the “Englisch” world, anyway) knows the Amish better than Wanda Brunstetter.  The author was one of the first to popularize the Amish fiction genre, and has spent considerable time with Plain people in her research.  Also, her Mennonite family ties serve her well in this capacity.

This is one of the best Amish cookbooks I have seen lately.  The spiral binding makes it convenient to use, and the sections are clearly divided and labeled.  Sections include:

  • Breakfast foods
  • Snacks
  • Breads and rolls
  • Jams and jellies
  • Pickles and relish
  • Sides and salads
  • Main dishes
  • Desserts
  • Beverages
  • Miscellaneous

One of my favorite recipes was the Bean Salad on p. 82:

Bean Salad

1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained

1 (15 ounce) can yellow beans, drained

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained

1 (10 ounce) box frozen lima beans

1 cup carrots, cooked

1 large onion, sliced thin

1 green mango, cut in strips

3 stalks celery, cut in chunks

Mix above ingredients.

Dressing:

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups  vinegar

1/2 cup salad oil

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon salt

Mix dressing ingredients and wait until sugar is dissolved.  Pour over drained bean mix.  Let stand 24 hours before serving.

This was sooo simple, and yet fantastically delicious!  I made it for guests, and everyone raved about it.

If you only buy one Amish cookbook this year, buy this one; you’ll be glad you did.

5 stars

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