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The Amish Cook: Recollections and Recipes from an Old Order Amish Family Hardcover – Nov 13 2002


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Nov. 13 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082143
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eleven years ago, while still a college student, Williams, who had become intrigued by the Amish as "a living link between a simpler time" and the hectic world of today, asked Coblentz to write a newspaper column he had envisioned about life in an Amish community. Today, her syndicated monthly column appears nationwide in more than 100 newspapers. This book is not just a compilation of the columns and recipes, however; Williams begins with his and Coblentz's story, than follows with a chapter on the history of the Amish. He has organized the recipes by meal, from breakfast to supper, with separate sections on dessert and on Sundays and special occasions. Each chapter contains history and background from Williams, comments and reminiscences from Coblentz, and some of her original columns, as well as additional recipes. Williams's instincts were true-Coblentz's description of her life offers a fascinating glimpse into another era (her columns might almost have been written by a contemporary of Laura Ingalls Wilder). Recommended for both social science and cookery collections. [Sadly, Coblentz died September 17, 2002.-Ed.]
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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•"The Amish Cook" column is syndicated in more than 100 newspapers nationwide.

•Elizabeth wrote THE AMISH COOK in longhand by the light of a kerosene lamp.

•Elizabeth has been a writer for the Amish newspaper, The Budget,for 40 years.

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Having been born and raised on the fringes of the Pennsylvania Dutch heartland in Lancaster County, and having grandparents who were close enough to the Pennsylvania Dutch lifestyle as to consider myself half 'Dutch', this book deals with a subject very, very close to home for me.
The most important thing for a prospective reader to know about this book is that it is as much, if not more so a book of Recollections than it is a book of Recipes. In fact, one will get much more from this book if they approach it as they would Jacques Pepin's book 'The Apprentice' rather than as they would a book of Pennsylvania Dutch recipes by Betty Groff or Mary Showalter.
The book most similar to this that I have read recently is Sallie Ann Robinson's 'Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way'. Both books describe a subsistence farming way of life, with recipes that reflect that fact. In reviewing Robinson's book, I thought it was unlikely I would ever actually make any of the recipes in the book. The very same thing is true of the recipes by Elizabeth Coblentz. That is not because I don't like Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. I like it as well or better than Southern cooking or Spanish cooking or Irish cooking. Coblentz' recipes are pictures of how an Old Order Amish family lives. As such, they contain a lot of surprises for us 'English'. On the one hand, when a recipe calls for mayonnaise, it specifies homemade mayonnaise. No surprise there. But, on the next page is a recipe that calls for a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup and American cheese.
Equally surprising is the use of margarine. Not surprising is the large amounts of white bread, bacon, potatoes, lard, processed cheeses, butter, and sugar in the recipes. Missing are recipes with oysters, recipes for chow-chow, and recipes for corn pie.
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Though the pictures are beautiful & the stories interesting, I was very disappointed in this book and it's recipes. As a matter if fact, there are very few recipes. I was looking for authentic Amish foods like Sticky buns, which they show a picture of but have no recipe for. I was not expecting vegetable & breakfast pizzas or spagetti & meatsauce!!!! I never knew pizza was Amish!!!! Stick with Phyllis Pellman Good if you want real Amish fare!! (I think this book should have been about photography).
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Not only is this book a great read about the personal day to day going ons of Mrs. Coblentz, it is also a great help in the kitchen. Without meaning to, the book seems to pull you into their lives and culture. We are already using many of the recipes in our own home. The pictures are beautiful and leaving you wanting to peek more into their lives. If you are interested in the Amish, as I am, I found this book to be a nice way to be that "fly on the wall"
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