About the book: 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.
Spiral bound, 224 pages Published August 1, 2016, by Shiloh Run Press
My review: This cookbook is great! This is the second cookbook of Wanda Brunstetter’s I’ve received and I must say I’m impressed with her ability to create a cookbook that is functional and fun to look at. I spent quite a bit of time looking at all the recipes in the book and wishing I had planted a garden so I could use my own harvest to create some of these great recipes.
At the front of the book is a small section of tips and tricks for gardening. It was neat to read these as I felt like it was a glimpse into an Amish garden. These tips and tricks can be used in any garden or home and I found a few I would like to try, with the ant blocker being one of them.
After the tips and tricks section comes the recipe sections of the cookbook. I found the arrangement and organization of the recipes nicely done. The way the recipes were arranged by category made sense and there are recipes in each section I would like to try. Fresh salsa and a sweet potato pie will be the first on my list of things to make. Zucchini brownies even look tempting to make. There is also a section for canning and preserving where one can find more recipes for salsa and other goodies to make for future use.
There are some great pictures of food throughout the book and some stunning photography of Amish life that were taken by Wanda’s husband. These pictures really take the cookbook to the next level. The spiral binding makes the cookbook easy to use as you can lay the book flat or fold it over so it takes up less space while you’re using it. Either way, the book lays flat so you don’t have to worry about it closing while you are using it.
This cookbook is great for anyone who gardens and even those who don’t. With over 240 recipes there is something for everyone to try. This book would be a perfect gift for cookbook collectors or someone who wants to expand their meal options.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.
About the author: A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.