When the opportunity to read and review,”The Amish Family Cookbook
” by Jerry and Tina Eicher came up, I was pretty excited to take a look at it.
Granted, I have a cookbook collection, some of which I barely used, so I was interested in what,makes the “The Amish Family Cookbook” something worth having and what did it have to offer and I was very impressed in the ease that the recipes had to offer.
Normally when it comes to cookbooks, they seem to fall in either:
1. Good for those not comfortable in the kitchen,
2. Good for those who know what a microwave is,
3. Beginner cook who can make dishes from scratch,
4. Potential chef,
5. Chef that can either go by the recipe or improvise,
6. Who needs a cookbook, I can cook from scratch by imagining the combination of food
With, “The Amish Family Cookbook”, I have to say that the cookbook was good for 1, 2, and 3, in the ease that the recipes were in being followed.
Granted, when I made several of the recipes, I focused a lot on the baking, because that is where my skill is, although I would have to say, that I haven’t quite mastered, making perfectly good cakes that were leveled.
This cookbook, offers comfort food, wonderful desserts and meals that the family would love, the ingredients are not anything exotic, can be found around the home and it was nice, particularly for those who either have little to no skills in the kitchen, that there were more than a few occasional ingredients that can be found on the grocery shelf, already canned, so you just need to open and pour the needed ingredient.
Now, you may wonder, how does this make, “The Amish Family Cookbook” good?
The cookbook shows how its possible to have good cooking without thinking one needs to be a Master Chef to do so; The food is comfort food and also presents ideas to liven up the dinner table, after a long day of work, running errands, whatever it is that life may keep you busy at or away from the home.
Along the way, the cookbook, also reads more like a book with excerpts from Amish novels, inspiring (and) encouraging quotes along the side and the recipes will have you filled with confidence to try things out and liven up the meals.
I like this book for the fact that it doesn’t over-complicate creating good meals, the ingredients are easy, simple and inexpensive and the recipes clearly brings new meaning to comfort food.
There are some really great recipes for the main meals, though there are a few cons to the book.
Despite having a usual index, it would have been nicer to have a way to find recipes by ingredients, and the book lives up to its simplicity, pictures of recipes already made would have been nice, but at the same time…this is really small compare to how the book makes for either a good addition to one’s personal library or as a gift for birthdays or for the holidays.
The spiral binding makes this book easy to open flat and this is one of those cookbooks, that one will find themselves creating from more than just a few recipes.
It truly lives up to its name as a “Family Cookbook”.
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Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.
Tina Eicher was born and married in the Amish faith, surrounded by a mother and sisters who were great Amish cooks. At fellowship meals and family gatherings, Tina’s dishes receive high praise and usually return empty. She and her husband, Jerry Eicher, author of several bestselling Amish fiction titles, are the parents of four children and live in Virginia.
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From bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 350,000 books sold) and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen, complete with recipes, Amish proverbs, and a dash of Amish humor. Readers will laugh, pray, and eat robustly with The Amish Family Cookbook at their side.
List Price: $ 14.99
Spiral-bound: 272 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (October 1, 2012)
AND NOW…A FEW RECIPES FOR YOU TO TRY (CLICK ON PICTURES TO SEE THEM LARGER):
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