Christian Book Previews Home
Christian Book Previews
Book Jacket

Spiral-Bound
224 pages
Jul 2009
Barbour Books

Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook Volume 2

by Wanda Brunstetter

Review  |   Author Bio  |  Read an Excerpt

Review:

Herein is the food you need for family dinners and clan gatherings. In this second volume of Amish Friends Cookbook, you’ll enjoy yourself rambling through delicious, hearty, down-home recipes, engaging color photos of Amish places and folks, appetizing illustrations of food, and bon-mots of generation-crossing wisdom, plus a sprinkling of Scripture. The beloved novelist Wanda Brunstetter feelings for her Amish friends and their way of life happily spills over into this book.

Starting with breakfast, bring a hearty appetite and enjoy Schnitz un Knepp, a sweet apple and ham stew top with fluffy dumplings. Add to this a slice of Breakfast Pizza Delight and a cup of Russian Tea and I wonder if you’ll be hungry in time for our next menu. Let’s make it a light lunch: Swiss cheese, bacon, and an assortment of salad vegetables makes Friend Salad, which tastes extra good with Yogurt Ranch Dressing. Serve this salad with Light and Tasty Biscuits topped with Cinnamon Pickles. Wash it all down with Rhubarb Drink, a citrusy-ade with a bit of a twist. Now are you ready for dinner? How about a pie supper, starting with First-Course Pie, a sort of upside-down shepherd’s pie filled with vegetables, meat, and cheese. Add to that crispy Johnny Cakes; swig some Amish Wine (all fruit juice, no alcohol); and top it off with Kentucky Chocolate Chip Pie. If you’re tired of pie, try Ice Cream Jell-O (or maybe the two together). Then, if you need a bedtime snack, try Crispy Caramel Corn. What wonderful ideas for enhancing family meals and clan and church get-togethers!

But there’s more to this book than eating recipes. Here are some of the helping recipes: Laundry Soap; Earache Remedy; Cough Syrup; and Air Freshener. And we’ll top all this off with a few of the tidbits of wisdom Brunstetter has sprinkled throughout this book: “From what we get we can make a living: what we give, however, makes a life” (p. 18); “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can grasp the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith” (p.88); “Wisdom has two parts: having much to say and not saying much at all” (p. 199). This is most definitely a vehicle for helping you to obey the injunction found in Ecclesiastes 9:7, “Come, take your bread with joy…with a glad heart.” – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Book Jacket:

Bring home-cooked dishes from the heart of Amish country into your kitchen with Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Cookbook Volume 2. With recipes divided into sections including breads and rolls, desserts, main dishes, salads and sides, jams and jellies—and more!—you’ll find only the best of home cooking between the pages of this delightful book.