Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida

by Sherry Gore

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Unbeknownst to many folks outside the Amish Mennonite population in America, Pinecraft, Florida—a village tucked away in the heart of Sarasota—is the vacation paradise of the Plain People. Unlike any other Plain community in the world, this village is a virtual melting pot of Amish and Mennonites from around the world, intermingled with people, like author Sherry Gore’s family, who live there year-round.


Gore has put together a cookbook that represents the people who make Pinecraft unique. With hundreds of easy-to-prepare recipes, 16 full-color photographs and black-and-white photographs throughout, this cookbook includes traditional favorites such as Sweet Potato Sweet Mash and Mrs. Byler’s Glazed Donuts, as well as Florida favorites including Fried Alligator Nuggets, Grilled Lime Fish Fillets, and Strawberry Mango Smoothies. Interspersed with the recipes are true-life stories about births, engagements, weddings, deaths, funerals, celebrations, wildlife encounters, and accidents told through years of Sherry’s Letters from Home column published in The Budget, the Amish newspaper. This delightful cookbook offers readers a faith-based, family-focused perspective of the simple way of life of the Plain People. It is truly a breath of fresh air from Sarasota, Florida!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310335559
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: The Pinecraft Collection
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 16 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sherry Gore is the the author of two cookbooks, "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking" and "Me, Myself and Pie" and co-author of the novel "Made with Love.” She is also a weekly scribe for the national edition of the Amish newspaper, The Budget, established in 1890. The National Geographic Channel featured Sherry prominently their documentary series, Amish: Out of Order. Sherry's culinary adventures have been seen on NBC Daytime, the Today Show, Mr. Food Test Kitchen and more. Sherry is a year-round resident of beautiful, sun-kissed Sarasota, Florida, the vacation paradise of the Plain People. She has three children and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church. When not spending time with her family, writing, or eating, Sherry is a cooking show host, and an official pie contest judge.


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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Yolan More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to discover all of the convenience foods that are a part of the recipes ~ like canned soups, nondairy creamers, canned beans, frozen potatoes, jarred spaghetti sauce, Velveeta cheese, etc. Another surprise is all that sugar! I made the custard pie according to directions. It was so sweet that we could hardly eat it. Next time I made it, I cut the sugar from 3/4 cup down to 1/4 cup. Perfect. Another example of sugar overload is in "Chuck Wagon Beans". It says to use 1/2 cup brown sugar AND 1/2 cup white. That extra white sugar is not needed. Who can eat food this sweet? I guess my final remark is that I am disappointed. There is also one crock pot recipe (I thought they didn't use electricity). This book is not in harmony with the separated from the world lifestyle I thought they lived.
JodyJ More than 1 year ago
Simply Delicious Amish Cooking has 100’s of Amish home-style recipes complete with heartwarming stories that go along with the recipes. They are easy to follow recipes along with great tips, to becoming a great Amish chef in your own home. I did try one of the recipes on my own already because I could not wait to see if I could do it, oh my goodness it was wonderful. I made the Seafood Chowder and the Hand-Breaded Pork Chops and Creamy Country Gravy with Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes, awesome. I received this book free for from Thomas Nelson for my honest and un-biased opinion.
Morgie More than 1 year ago
Need a recipe for Amish Baked Hamburgers? Aunt Mary’s Corn Bread? Or how about tips for caring for your rolling pin? Check out this delightful new cookbook from Zondervan Publishing. Author Sherry Gore is editor-in-chief of Cooking & Such magazine and columnist for the national edition of the 120 year-old Amish newspaper, The Budget where she writes about food for the Plain People. There are great, glossy pictures (reader be warned a glance at the Chocolate Whoopie Pie is engineered to make you swoon) and there are interesting stories and memorable quotes contained within these pages. If you’re curious about the food and social life of the Plain People or searching for true comfort food look no further. There’s even a recipe for Shoofly Pie. And if you’re ever in the neighborhood stop by Yoder’s Restaurant (opened 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday) for a true sample of the local cuisine … where, if you’re lucky, you just might run into the Ms. Gore. A copy of Simply Delicious was provided by Thomas Nelson for review. The words are my own.
InHisName More than 1 year ago
This was a neat, fun book. It gives us some insight into the Amish of Sarasota, Florida. It begins with a history of the Amish and the Mennonites and an explanation of what is This Budget. There are lots of recipes that were submitted from any Amish / Mennonite families ---- everything from bread / rolls, soups & salads, to pies, cookies and bars. Through out the recipe section are antidotes that were sent in from some of the members of the community. It gives a glimpse into their life. I can't wait to try out many of the recipes but I have to say that I was surprised that they weren't healthier. While one would think of an Amish meal as home-aide, some of the ingredients were processed boxed and canned items. That surprised me. I figured it would be healthier. I am sure the recipes are good tasting but due to allergies in our family some of the processed foods are just not something we can do. I received this from Booksneeze but am under no obligation to provide a positive review. 
NMcC More than 1 year ago
As a young Mennonite home-maker, I jumped on my chance to review Simply Delicious Amish Cooking. I was not disappointed! Some things I appreciated: - I recognized all the ingredients in the recipes, and most things were in my home already! - Recipes are simple and well-written - Interesting stories and snippets from Amish/Mennonite life in Sarasota, Florida - Beautiful and colourful pictures (not nearly a picture for every recipe but there are a few groups of "picture pages" throughout the book - Index of recipes (not all cookbooks have this!) - Relevant "Tips" in each section (ie. how to brown butter, a guide to flours and how to substitute) The copy that I received (I assume they're all the same) is also coil bound which is my preferred binding for cookbooks as they easily lay open while cooking for easy reference to the recipe. I have a feeling this will be a cookbook that I turn to again and again for new recipes as well as old favourites! If you are looking for a gourmet cookbook, that is not what this is. If you are looking for exotic recipes with complex flavours, that's not necessarily what this is either. But if you are looking for a cookbook full of delicious and "homecooked" meal ideas, this is a great option. It would also be a wonderful wedding, bridal shower, or graduation gift for a new cook as everything is clearly laid out. I received this book from Zondervan's Booksneeze blogger book review program but am under no obligation to provide a positive review (it's just that good)!
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida" by Sherry Gore is a cookbook that features recipes that are delicious, and will become family favorites in any house. With tasty soups, salads, desserts, and main dishes, this is sure to be a go-to for delicious meal ideas. I tested out several of the recipes and found them all to be wonderful - the directions are easy to follow, ingredients are easy to find, and usually things that are already on hand. Sherry Gore also includes short little stories about her experiences in the Amish community, mixed in with the recipes, which are interesting and usually leave you with a smile. Not all of the recipes are "from scratch" recipes - some have little shortcuts that you can use to lighten the work load (such as buying certain items already made at the store and using them as ingredients). I would highly recommend this cookbook - I am absolutely in love with it!
LookinaBook More than 1 year ago
I am a cookbook lover! I love to pour over the pages and plan what I might dare to cook when given the time. I own several cookbooks and quite a few among them are "Amish cookbooks". I was delighted to add this new book to my collection. It's a small spiral bound book that opens easily to make following the recipe easier. I appreciate this in a cookbook. Some books are so cumbersome, that it makes them almost impossible to utilize. The book also has quite a few colored pictures beckoning the reader to give the recipes contained in this book a try. I love that the ingredients are readily available in my small town - something that isn't true of many cookbooks on the market today. The cookbook’s author is Sherry Gore. You might know her as the editor-in-chief of “Cooking & Such” magazine. She lives in Sarasota, Florida. I learned from this book that it is the vacation destination of the Amish and Mennonite people. The recipes are organized into categories such as breads and rolls, breakfast, and appetizers and beverages. I also enjoyed looking at the soups and salads section and was quite delighted to find several recipes for homemade dressings. The other usual categories are there, including desserts – one of my favorite sections. While there are the "to be expected recipes", there are also some that caught my attention that aren't contained in most of the books I already own. There are also stories throughout the book and while they aren't a necessary component, they are still nice to read as you look through the book. . I hope you'll give this book a try. I'm thinking of diving in and trying the Hummingbird Cake this weekend! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
GardeningGal More than 1 year ago
Many of us are intrigued by the simple lifestyle of the Amish.  In this hectic life we lead, there seems to be a movement to slow down, spend time with family, and maybe even hone those home cooking skills.  Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore is a good start. The pleasantly illustrated cookbook is filled with some delicious creations that can be made with simple ingredients, stuff you already have in your pantry. As most cook books, it’s divided by basic categories like breads, soups, salads, side dishes, seafood, pies, and even a category called “This and That”. There are some black and white photos that begin each section and two small sections of color photos of the finished products.  The “Final Exam Brownies” look especially gooey.  Intermixed throughout the cookbook are tips and “diary like” journal entries.  These are meant to give the reader a peek into the life of those living in an Amish Mennonite community in Florida.  Although that added a bit of charm, I did not feel it really enhanced the overall enjoyment of the cookbook. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
I love this cookbook and I am happy to add it to my cookbook collection. The recipes inside are easy to make and delicious too! The photos soon will have you drooling and the information inside is helpful and the stories are all so interesting. Where can you find a recipe for Alligator Stew in other recipe books? If you were looking for Yumesetti under what category would you find it? Have you ever heard of Morning Glory Muffins or Spiced Pretzels? It's all here in this wonderful cookbook. Order this cookbook for your collection and start making some easy mouth watering recipes! You will be glad you did! Thank you Sherry Gore for putting together this wonderful cookbook that can be treasured recipe after recipe!