Tag Archives: cookbook

Cookbook Review: Wanda Brunstetter’s Amish Friends 4 Seasons Cookbook

18 Jul

Whether you garden with the intent of feeding your family or love to purchase fresh produce at local farm stores or markets, the Amish Friends 4 Seasons Cookbook will be an invaluable resource for your kitchen. I love how this cookbook is divided by seasons, allowing the chef in his/her kitchen to bring the freshest of dishes to the family table. Summer is in full swing and there is plenty of zucchini here in the sunny South. I chose to use some of the abundance to make Zucchini Chocolate Coffee Cake. This very chocolate-y cake turned out super moist, and the slight hint of coffee in the frosting gave it just the right note to balance the sweetness. There are plenty of other zucchini recipes plus hundreds more featuring seasonal garden vegetables for appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and desserts. There are also recipes for preserving your garden bounty for future meals. I’m looking forward to exploring all the seasonal goodies in this well-organized and easy to use cookbook.


(Thanks to Barbour Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Fresh Recipes for Each Season of the Year

Do you strive to eat what local, fresh, and in season? Then this is the cookbook for you. Organized by the winter, spring, summer, and fall seasons, there are a bounty of recipes for various ways to use up seasonal fruits and vegetables. Sprinkled with tips for growing and harvesting, too, the well-organized book boasts contributions from Amish and Mennonites from across the United States who are fans of author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, it is a must-have cookbook for anyone who gardens, participates in a CSA, or enjoys farmers’ markets.

Top 10 Tuesday — Most Recent Additions

11 Jan

2022 is in full swing and I have some new books that have hit my shelves! The following books are the newest to take up residence. Many are review books — NetGalley copies and ARCs, so you’ll see my impressions in the coming weeks. I have also included 2 cookbook/entertaining books that I received for Christmas and am having so much fun with! Yes, I do have interests outside of reading fiction. 😉 Hope you find one that piques your interest.

For more bloggers’ recent acquisitions, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Newly Acquired Books

A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz

Jane And The Year Without Summer by Stephanie Barron

The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel

Life Flight by Lynette Eason

Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn

Medical Mystery by Richard Fabry

Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen

The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews

Sunrise by Susan May Warren

Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book by Kristen Hoffman

Spectacular Spreads by Maegan Brown

Book Review: Amish Friends Healthy Options Cookbook

9 Jun

I’m a sucker for cookbooks. I love browsing new recipes dreaming of those perfect dishes to serve my family and friends when they come to stay. For the past year I have been in a cooking rut — trying to maintain a healthy diet often leads me to the same old same old. When I saw Amish Friends Healthy Options Cookbook, I knew I had to have it! Who can turn down tested recipes that are actually good for you?! While this cookbook has the standard categories — main dishes, salads, breakfast foods, etc. — it was the snack options that grabbed my attention. It’s not that hard preparing healthy meals; my issue is not consuming yummy snacks that go straight to my hips 😉 . I chose No-Bake Energy Bites as a test. No-bake means easy in my book, and they were. They were also very tasty. I’m taking these along on a weekend road trip. Sorry convenience store candy bars!

I look forward to trying more great recipes. There are plenty that are gluten free if you need that. Some I plan to try are Nutricious Baked Oatmeal, Cabbage Rolls, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Granola Bars. Here’s to healthy and delicious eating!


Audience: families.

Genre: cookbook

(Thanks to Barbour Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Loaded with dozens of Amish recipes for the health conscious.

New, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is valuable cookbook that offers healthy recipe options.
Everyone wants to feel healthy, right? Food can be one of our best medicines, and many Amish are known for seeking ways for health to begin in the kitchen. Brand new, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a helpful cookbook from Amish and Mennonite cooks who offer healthy recipe options. Over 200 recipes are divided into traditional categories from main dishes and sides to desserts and snacks with labels for gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, etc. Also included are health tips and remedies. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, home cooks of all ages will be eager to add this cookbook to their collections.

Cookbook Review: Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook

23 Oct

New Christmas Recipes from the Heart of Amish Country

From New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction comes Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook— revised and expanded for a new season of Christmas cooking. Packed with over 200 recipes and fascinating information from the heart of Amish country. Readers will find only the best of genuine Amish Christmas cooking in the pages of this keepsake book in categories of snacks, breads, gifts from the kitchen, salads and sides, main dishes, and sweets. As an added bonus, readers will enjoy featured insights into Amish life during Christmastime. Surrounded by a beautiful lay-flat binding, this cookbook is the perfect holiday gift for almost anybody.


My Impressions:

Looking for some yummy recipes to accompany your holiday celebrations? Then you are in luck! Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook is a great season specific cookbook for the winter holidays. With a wide variety of recipes featuring easy to find ingredients and clear instructions, you will find yourself reaching again and again for this book. Between each section, one page essays on Amish traditions give insights into the Plain communities’ take on the Christmas season. I made two of the recipes — Pumpkin Cheese Bread and Chicken Pockets — for a couple of church activities. They were a hit! A great addition to your cookbook library or as a gift, I recommend this cookbook.


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Barbour for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


Book Review: The Essential Amish Cookbook

9 May

Taste the goodness of Amish life.

Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist Lovina Eicher brings together the best of Amish cooking in The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry. Join Eicher as she shares traditional Amish recipes along with her own kitchen tips and secrets. Growing up, Eicher learned to cook and bake at an early age alongside her mother, longtime columnist and Amish cookbook author Elizabeth Coblentz, and has put those skills to use in her own Amish kitchen as she cooks for her eight children.

The easy-to-follow, authentic recipes you’ll find in The Essential Amish Cookbook are prepared every day in countless homes in Old Order Amish communities across North America. Many of the more than 100 recipes are richly illustrated with step-by-step photographs to help you learn Amish cooking just as if you were in Lovina’s kitchen. From hearty main dishes to substantial sides–plus a generous sampling of scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts — learn how to make the hearty, simple dishes that the Amish cook together and serve at home, church services, and weddings.

In a fast-food, digital world, the book’s colorful photos and conversational tone provide a real taste of Amish life and invite you to slow down. Your family will come to love her Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, Rhubarb Juice, Roast Beef with Veggies, Oven Crusted Chicken, pickles, jams, and so much more. Experience the simple joys of Amish life–food, faith and family!

Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish cook, writer, and mother, penned The Amish Cook newspaper column that her mother, Elizabeth Coblentz, began in 1991. Now writing her column under a new name, Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, Eicher is the coauthor of several cookbooks, including The Amish Cook at Home, The Amish Cook’s Anniversary Book, and Amish Cooks Across America.

My Impressions:

Not only do the foods featured in The Essential Amish Cookbook look good, they taste good too. In fact the ones I tried were delicious and begged for second helpings. Lovina Eicher’s book includes recipes that are family and community tested, so you know your family will love them too. The book is a feast for the eyes with beautiful photographs not only of the food, but the Amish countryside as well. Recipes are grouped as you would expect — Breakfast Foods, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts and Candies, etc. — with many ending in a personal note by the author. But as a special added bonus,the author features Amish Church Meals and Amish Wedding Meals with extensive background on both.

I made two recipes (so far) — Breakfast Casserole and Peanut Butter Dream Bars. Both were big hits. The instructions were easy to follow and the ingredients, many of which were in my pantry, easy to acquire. I made the Breakfast Casserole at our small cabin in the mountains. This make-ahead dish was easy to accomplish in my tiny kitchen, and it made a great pre-church meal.

For a bit of down-home goodness packaged in a lovely book, The Essential Amish Cookbook, would make a great gift for your favorite foodie. And remember Mother’s Day is just around the corner; mom will love this!


Highly Recommended.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Herald Press and MennoMedia for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook

25 Aug

51cEUq9FYcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Overloaded with garden produce, CSA shares, or farmers’ market finds? Now you’ll know what the Amish do with these seasonal fruits and vegetables and how they preserve some of them for future use. Bring the wisdom of Amish gardeners and cooks into your own home with dozens of recipes and tips from the heart of Amish country in Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook. This well-organized book is sure to become a treasured resource.






WandaBrunstetter2016Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of nearly 70 books with more than 9 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, and Country Woman. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.

Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sisters-in-law caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “English’s”. Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.

rebeccagermanyRebecca Germany is the senior editor of fiction Barbour Publishing who has been with the company for 15 years. In 2004, she was honored as the Golden Scroll fiction editor of the year by ASWA. Over 100 novels and story collections go through her department yearly, but she has found time to have five of her own novellas, numerous small gift books, and a cookbook series published in the Barbour Books line.



My Impressions: 

I love reviewing cookbooks! And my family reaps the benefits with tasty dishes that grace our table. Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook is a pure delight. Beautiful photographs of food, produce and scenic countryside accompany mouth-watering recipes that are not only easy to follow, but use everyday ingredients — ingredients that can come from your own garden or farmer’s market. Designed to help use and preserve the bounty of a harvest, this cookbook is perfect for anyone who 14088574_1130416330338101_1958811029683205891_nloves good food. It also contains advice from Amish gardeners who are experts on getting the most out of their gardens. I loved the recipes for planting, fertilizing and dealing with pests. These tips will come in handy next year when we plant our garden. There are also great recipes for preserving when you have an overabundance of fruit and veggies. Recipes were compiled from real-life cooks in the Amish and Mennonite communities, too. This year we had a bumper crop of blueberries, so I made Blueberry Cream Pie from the Dessert section. Quick and easy, this pie was a big hit with my husband and daughter — 2 slices a piece! (Excuse the crust; it is hot and humid here in Georgia and it didn’t want to cooperate. My problem, not the cookbook’s!) With its crumb topping and delicious filling, it reminded us of lemon squares, but with bursting-blueberry flavor instead.

For those who love to garden or would like to, or for those who can’t stay away from the farmer’s market, Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook is a winner!


To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Barbour Publishing for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)