By Lovina Eicher’s Amish Kitchen
Published by Herald Press
395 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: 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!
Baked Oatmeal

Zucchini Muffins

REVIEW: This is more than a cookbook filled with beautiful photographs of the 100 recipes inside. It’s a book that gives readers a peek into the Amish way of life. I got to know about her family and her heart. “I learned to cook from my mother at a young age….She had a hand-cranked bread mixer, and we would turn it for her sometimes….We would have lots of fun trying to roll out a crust. Mom would sprinkle sugar on it and bake it, and then we ate it.”

Potato Pancakes

After reading the introduction I searched for something to make. I was only going to do a few recipes but they tasted so good I made more. I was encouraged by the fact that my family loved all the recipes I made.  I tried Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, muffins, Baked Oatmeal, Potato Pancakes, and Zucchini Fritters. There are a wide variety of categories: Quick Breads and Yeast Breads, Breakfast Foods, Soups and Salads, Meats and Main Dishes. Cakes and Frostings, Pies, Cookies and Bars, Desserts and Candies, Snacks and Beverages, Relishes, Pickles, James and Jellies, Amish Church Meals, and Amish Wedding Meals. 

The author's instructions are simple, the ingredients are easy to find, and there is a note from the author about the dish. The potato pancake note says, “These potato pancakes are good with a slice of cheese on top, or with bacon crumbled in them before cooking. We have these with biscuits and gravy sometimes. A tasty recipe!” I agree.

I liked that the author gave readers at look at meals that are usually associated with a church service. She shared some pictures at their church I liked. The last section is titled An Amish Wedding where the author shares how she and the community prepared for her daughter’s wedding. The chapter includes pictures and recipes of the food that was made for the event.

There’s a helpful index in the back of the book. You’ll love reading this book, making the recipes and telling your friends about the yummy garden to table meals you’ve made. I know I did.

Author Tour
You can meet Lovina Eicher in person. Below is a list of confirmed book signings. More dates and locations are in the works. Updates will be posted on the Lovina's Amish Kitchen Facebook page.

May 6 – Dorothy’s Hallmark (Time TBA)
The Party Shop
3418 Lake City Hwy
Warsaw, IN 46580

May 19 – Better World Books – 6-8 p.m.
215 S Main St,
Goshen, IN 46526

May 20 – Barnes and Noble - 12 - 3 p.m.
University Park Mall
 6501 North Grape Road

Mishawaka, IN 46545

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Herald Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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