Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Unbeknownst to many folks outside the Amish Mennonite population in America, Pinecraft, Florida - a village tucked away in the heart of Sarasota - is the vacation paradise of the Plain People. Unlike any other Plain community in the world, this village is a virtual melting pot of Amish and Mennonites from around the world, intermingled with people, like author Sherry Gore’s family, who live there year-round.
Gore has put together a cookbook that represents the people who make Pinecraft unique. With hundreds of easy-to-prepare recipes, 16 full-color photographs and black-and-white photographs throughout, this cookbook includes traditional favorites such as Sweet Potato Sweet Mash and Mrs. Byler’s Glazed Donuts, as well as Florida favorites including Fried Alligator Nuggets, Grilled Lime Fish Fillets, and Strawberry Mango Smoothies.
Interspersed with the recipes are true-life stories about births, engagements, weddings, deaths, funerals, celebrations, wildlife encounters, and accidents told through years of Sherry’s Letters from Home column published in The Budget, the Amish newspaper. This delightful cookbook offers readers a faith-based, family-focused perspective of the simple way of life of the Plain People. It is truly a breath of fresh air from Sarasota, Florida!
Cafe Lily's Review:
Anyone who collects cookbooks, especially Amish cookbooks will love this one! The photos included are gorgeous. I really like that these recipes use "real" ingredients, and things that you might actually have in your pantry. The most exotic recipe I saw in this cookbook was Alligator Stew, (which I will not be trying.)
I was fascinated by the Amish Peanut Butter spread (also called Church Spread) which is a staple in Amish homes (think Nutella!) Love those Amish egg noodles? You'll find a recipe on how to make those!
I also enjoyed the additions of the newspaper articles, announcements, and sayings that the author included.