When I went “home” the United States this winter, I was able to visit an Amish store and bakery near DC. The food and people were wonderful! When the opportunity arose to try the cookbook, Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore, I eagerly took it, hopeful to learn some of their secrets for making the perfect bread, pretzels and donuts.
This cookbook has recipes that are simple- mostly whole foods, nothing too fancy, exotic, or hard to come by. Everything I sampled was tasty, and kid pleasing (probably because of its simplicity). The recipes themselves remind me of those old church cookbooks my Gramie had on her shelves- things like casseroles, bread rolls, and “Sherry’s Recipe for Homemade Egg Noodles”… and LOTS of mouth-watering pies.
The reason it so closely resembles an old-school church cookbook is because it is one- the author gathered recipes from her community in Sarasota, Florida to share. This book is touted as special because of the stories about the Pinecraft community who provided the content. Reading them is a little like taking snapshots of everyday Amish life. As I used the cookbook I found myself wishing that there were more stories along with the recipes!
This cookbook is spiral bound, plainly made, and simple in every way- like the Plain community who created it. The recipes inside it are truly simply delicious. If you want a taste of this simple life, you can order your copy of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking on Amazon.