Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gather Around the Amish Table by Lucy Leid

Gather Around the Amish Table 
by Lucy Leid 
Cookbook
MennoMedia

Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. Bake the pecan rolls that taste best after an ice-skating party, or try the hoagies that a community sold to help an Amish family with hospital bills. Discover the cocoa cupcakes with instructions to "stir by hand" that one young cook took literally, or whip up the whoopie pies that one Amish woman took to market in her horse and buggy.

These cherished recipes speak of comforting traditions, lively communities, and strong Christian faith. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: "Bake someone happy!"
Advance Praise
"As I paged through the recipes and pored over the photos in Gather around the Amish Table, I found myself thinking again and again, I've just got to try this! There are so many recipes in here just waiting to become new family favorites-I can't wait to get cooking!" -Georgia Varozza, author, Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook
"Gather around the Amish Table is a collection of hearty and delicious homestyle recipes that include heartwarming anecdotes and beautiful photos. Reading through the treasure of recipes allows a glimpse into the home life of a community that gathers around the table for fellowship, with thankfulness for the bounty that God has provided them." -Lovella Schellenberg, coauthor, Mennonite Girls Can Cook
"This is a great cookbook with many easy-to-make recipes! The ingredients are simple and usually in any kitchen. The little stories make it even more interesting and wonderful. A lovely book!" -Lovina Eicher, author, Lovina's Amish Kitchen weekly column.
 Meet the Author
Lucy Leid is an Old Order Mennonite wife, mother, and cook in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


Here's my review of this charming cookbook:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lucy Leid and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Gather Around the Amish Table" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Gather Round the Amish Table by Lucy Leid is a unique cookbook containing interesting recipes and sweet stories from the author.  Many of the recipes combine ingredients that I would never have dreamed of putting together.  Using this book, I made some of the best soft pretzels I’ve ever had.  And using that same recipe, I also made some killer garlic knots!  This cookbook is loaded with delicious soup recipes and some recipes that I’m wary of trying because of what I believe to be odd ingredient combinations.  There are lots of breads and desserts and casseroles.

Honestly, my idea of Amish cooking has changed considerably as a result of reading through this book.  I figured their cuisine would be as plain as their costume.  But that is not the case.  This book was quite a surprise.  I look forward to tasting many of these intriguing dishes.

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