Best of Amish Cooking: Traditional and Contemporary Recipes Adapted from the Kitchens and Pantries of Old Order Amish Cooks

Best of Amish Cooking: Traditional and Contemporary Recipes Adapted from the Kitchens and Pantries of Old Order Amish Cooks

by Phyllis Good
     
 

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This beautiful book by a New York Times bestselling author who is also a leading expert on Amish cooking highlights traditional and contemporary recipes adapted from the kitchens and pantries of Amish cooks.

Phyllis Pellman Good has spent years researching these foods. She has interviewed Amish grandmothers and dipped into old books, diaries, and recipe boxes.

Overview

This beautiful book by a New York Times bestselling author who is also a leading expert on Amish cooking highlights traditional and contemporary recipes adapted from the kitchens and pantries of Amish cooks.

Phyllis Pellman Good has spent years researching these foods. She has interviewed Amish grandmothers and dipped into old books, diaries, and recipe boxes.

The dishes she selected are ones that were and continue to be popular in eastern Pennsylvania, usually in the Lancaster area. According to Good, they reflect the fruitfulness of Amish fields and gardens, as well as the group's emphasis on family and community.

Color photos set the mood. Wonderful descriptions and introductions prepare the setting. And delicious, savory recipes fill this book with some of the best food you'll find anywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561484072
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Series:
Cookbooks - Amish and Mennonite Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,166,183
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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What Does this Cookbook Contain?

This cookbook is a collection of those dishes that go back as far as 80-year-old members of the Amish church can recall or discover in hand-written "cookbooks" which belonged to their mothers, and that are still prepared today, either in the old-fashioned way or by an adapted method. These foods are ones that were--and still are--eaten (perhaps now in a modified form), in eastern Pennsylvania, most often in the Lancaster area. It was in that general community that the first Amish settlements took root and grew. Although Lancaster gave birth to many daughter colonies, it is today the second largest Amish community (Holmes County, Ohio, is the largest).

Typically those hand-written and food-spattered cookbooks included only ingredients without any, or only minimal, reference to procedures. Furthermore, the measurements were far from precise! Most Amish folks recall that their mothers seldom consulted a cookbook anyway. Experience kept their skills polished. In keeping with the Amish tradition of living as extended families, an elderly mother or aunt was usually nearby to offer help.

The Best of Amish Cooking contains old recipes, but they are written to be understood and used by those without the benefit of these people's history or the presence of an experienced cook. Recipe sizes have also been adapted, in most cases to yield six to ten servings.

Throughout the book, pronoun references to the cook in Amish homes are consistently of the feminine gender. That was done deliberately, since in Amish society, roles are clearly defined. Women are solely responsible for food preparation, apart from butchering and related processes such as drying and smoking, certain gardening chores, and making apple or pear butter. A man who carries primary responsibilities in the kitchen is a rare exception.

Here, then, is the possibility of making good food--not fancy, but substantial; more hearty than delicate; in tune with the seasons.

Meet the Author


Phyllis Pellman Good is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 11 million copies. Good is the author of the nationally acclaimed Fix-It and Forget-It slow-cooker cookbooks, several of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense. The series includes eight titles. The most recent are Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook, to benefit the Avon Foundation and Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook, Revised and Updated, with the American Diabetes Association. Good is also the author of the Fix-It and Enjoy-It series, a “cousin” series to the phenomenally successful Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbooks. Phyllis Pellman Good is Executive Editor at Good Books. (Good Books has published hundreds of titles by more than 135 authors.) She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from New York University. She and her husband, Merle, are the parents of two young-adult daughters. For a complete listing of books by Phyllis Pellman Good, as well as excerpts and reviews, visit www.Fix-ItandForget-It.com or www.GoodBooks.com.

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