This week I was super excited to read and review "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking" by Sherry Gore! The title of this cookbook says it all. There are over 237 pages of simple recipes included in this book! Sherry Gore compiled this enormous list of recipes from hundreds of Amish and Mennonite women across the United States. Between the recipes, Sherry includes short stories about various Amish families.
I think what I liked best about these recipes is that they don't require many ingredients. They also don't use many processed foods or any preservatives. As a person who has dealt with food allergies her entire life, this is very important to me. I try to use as few ingredients as possible, so I was excited to find that I had most of these staple ingredients right here in my cupboards. There are 12 categories of recipes which include Breads and Rolls, Breakfast, Appetizers and Beverages, Soups and Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes, Meats and Main Dishes, Seafood, Cookies and Bars, Pies, Cakes and Frostings, Desserts, and This and That.
I was a little disappointed to see that there are not pictures for every recipe, but there are two points in the book where there are a collection of photos.
I would say that a majority of the recipes could be classified as comfort food. Meaning that these recipes probably aren't the healthiest meals you could make, but you can bet they'll be delicious. I have been looking for a good dumpling recipe for quite awhile now, so I am looking forward to seeing how that turns out!
The author also explains how she came to write this book and what makes Amish cooking so special. The next few pages explain the Amish and Mennonites beliefs and Sherry gives an interesting look into the Amish community.
I thought this cookbook was fantastic and I give it 5 stars. This book will be available at your local Christian bookstore on May 7, 2013.
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