Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Authentic Amish Cookbook

Author:  Norman Miller, Marlena Miller
Genre:  Cookbooks

Two Stars

Now you can enjoy genuine Amish recipes from the Amish themselves.  From the members of the Evart, Michigan Amish community comes this collection of 450 family favorites, including...

  • salads and dressings (24-hour Potato Salad, Italian Macaroni Salad, Overnight Fruit Salad)
  • meats and main dishes (Honey-Mustard Baked Chicken, No-Fuss Lasagna, Taco Quiche)
  • desserts (Apple Cream Cheese Pie, Rhubarb Torte, Raspberry Swirl)

Several miscellaneous recipes (jerky, play dough, finger paint...) and large quantity recipes (for wedding receptions and other large events) are followed by many healthy recipes for folks who are watching their diet.  A generous collection of tips and hints provides extra help in making your duties in the kitchen and throughout your home flow smoothly.

With popular Amish hymns and inspirational thoughts sprinkled throughout, The Authentic Amish Cookbook provides everything you need to enjoy your meal preparation and to bless your family and friends with table times they'll never forget.

I had high hopes for this book, yet now I really don't know what to say except for the fact that it's not 'authentic Amish.'  My husband grew up around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and I visit the Amish community every time we've gone back there.  Never have I seen or heard of them using processed food in their authentic recipes.  Libby's pumpkin pie?  From the back of the can of pumpkin?  Really? Pre-packaged and processed food:  cake mixes, Jello, Miracle Whip, Cool Whip, canned soup, etc.  This should be titled 'Recipes from Brand Names.'  There's even a recipe for scalloped potatoes that lists as an ingredient '1 box cheese.'  Since when does cheese come from a box and not a cow?  It doesn't even tell you how much or what brand cheese, which is worse.  Chai tea?  Honestly?

I'm not saying there isn't anything that aren't Amish - there are recipes for homemade bologna, relishes, catsup, Shoo-Fly pie and Muenster cheese - but I wouldn't take this as an Amish cookbook.  It's more of a cookbook that happens to have some Amish recipes in it.

I have several, all published in Amish country and with reputable recipes, so I know they're out there.  Two stars because there are some Amish recipes, but not enough to warrant the title, in my opinion.


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