Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Simply Delicious Amish Cookbook Review

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida
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Simply Delicious: Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore has some unique recipes that make me excited about cooking again.

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! (Goodreads)

I LOVED this cookbook! I thought it was going to be hardback, but it is more of a binder recipe book, which works fine for me. There are not as many pictures as the cover portrays, there are a couple groups of pictures in the middle of the book that include the page number for the recipe. I have a ton of cookbooks, but I like this one because many of the recipes I have never heard of or thought to cook. Since this book comes from Florida there is an entire seafood section-yum! The bread section is my favorite along with the Sweet Potato Sweet Mash. Many of the recipes are created for multiple servings, since it's just the two of us I will probably cut some of them in half. With almost every page there is a story that goes along with the recipes on that page.
This cookbook makes me want to visit Florida and gives a different perspective on what the Amish like to eat-even Fried Alligator!
Highly recommend if you need some new ideas for the kitchen!
Stop by Sherry's Website to see what else she has written.
"I received this book from Booksneeze for free in exchange for an honest review".

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