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From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens

From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens

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by Phyllis Good, Rachel T Pellman

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          Amish and Mennonite cooking feeds the soul as well as the body. The delicious, traditional recipes in this very popular collection produce dishes that are sturdy and basic, yet full of flavor, affection, and warm memories. Here are easy-to-follow, from-scratch recipes for breads, soups, salads, vegetables,


          Amish and Mennonite cooking feeds the soul as well as the body. The delicious, traditional recipes in this very popular collection produce dishes that are sturdy and basic, yet full of flavor, affection, and warm memories. Here are easy-to-follow, from-scratch recipes for breads, soups, salads, vegetables, meats and main dishes, casseroles, pies, cakes, cookies, and desserts, as well as jams, jellies, and relishes, candies, beverages, and snacks. This popular cookbook has sold more than 150,000 copies!

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking. We’ve been successful with books on gluten-free cooking, vegetarian and vegan cooking, paleo, raw foods, and more. Our list includes French cooking, Swedish cooking, Austrian and German cooking, Cajun cooking, as well as books on jerky, canning and preserving, peanut butter, meatballs, oil and vinegar, bone broth, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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As a tradition, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking feeds the body as well as the soul. Richly nutritious, this food can quickly become a celebration.

Amish and Mennonite cooks most often work from scratch. They have at hand the basics, and their tutors have been their own mothers and grandmothers. So they draw upon the fruits of the farm and the "feel" and experience only a seasoned cook can teach.

Two characteristics of these people's lives have shaped their eating: traditionally, they have worked hard physically, and they have chosen a disciplined life. Because of their intense labor, they have eaten heartily and heavily. And, although restrained in their choice of clothing, home decor, and use of money, and little entertainment, they have celebrated extravagantly around food.

Many Pennsylvania Dutch mothers show their affection more easily with a cherry crumb pie or hamloaf rather than with hugs and kisses. Food, in this setting, belongs to some of the warmest human experiences-- family reunions, going to Grandma's, making ice cream on a summer evening, getting together to can and freeze.

Young Amish and Mennonite cooks face a new challenge-- how to maintain the love and celebration this food offers, while eliminating some of its calories that were less troublesome in a more physically active time. But together these cooks are refining the old dishes for today. This food has always sustained physical life while nurturing community life. There's no reason to believe that should change now!

Here, then, are the old favorites, newly tested and tasted for everyone's use.

-- Phyllis Good and Rachel Pellman, Editors

Sample Chapter Breads

A warm, moist, pungent smell through the house. A steaming loaf of bread just lifted from the oven. It's bread baking day!

Once a weekly chore, bread is baked less frequently these days. But the old choice of recipes are easily dusted off on a cold winter day or for a special holiday meal.

Thoughts of cinnamon rolls, glazed doughnuts, and corn pone will make any child hungry for home. For these foods are rich in flavor and affection and warm memories of big kitchens full of love.

Bread baking is a practiced art. Procedures aren't usually written down: instead they're learned at mothers' and grandmothers' elbows. So we asked some experienced bakers to explain their methods. Then our testers tried them and refined them for everyone's use. These are traditional recipes. And delectable!

Sample Recipe Bran Muffins

Makes 12 muffins/

1 cup bran

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (optional)

1 cup raisins

2 tsp. baking powder

1 egg, well beaten

1 cup milk

1/3 cup oil

2 Tbsp. molasses

1 tsp. vanilla

1. Combine all dry ingredients. In separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients.

2. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, mixing only till moistened.

3. Fill muffin pan about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

"They're healthy-- and the kids love them!"

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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From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've used so many recipes from this book that I bought a second one because the binder fell apart on my first one because of all the use. Very good and easy simple recipes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a useful cookbook for most reciepes you don't need special ingredients it's what you usally keep in your pantry & step by step instructions make it easy.