by Lovina Eicher
with Kevin Williams
Andrews McMeel Publishing
The Amish savor their simplicity through their back–to–basics baking; it is an art form, a pleasure, and a way of life. The emotion they bring to baking is at the heart of The Amish Cook's Baking Book. Together, celebrated Amish cook Lovina Eicher and her editor, Kevin Williams, introduce a new generation to Amish baking.
This baking book is filled with 80 beautiful photographs and over 100 classic Amish recipes for sweets that have been handcrafted in Lovina Eicher's Amish kitchen. The Amish Cook's Baking Book includes chapters on Pies; Breads, Rolls, and Pastries; Cookies; Cakes; Bars 'n' Brownies; and Special-Occasion Baking – all made from scratch, using tools and techniques that have been passed down through generations. Home cooks get an extra treat with sidebars from Lovina's children as well as interesting insights into Amish life both inside and outside the kitchen.
Lovina Eicher writes the newspaper column The Amish Cook, which was started by her mother, Elizabeth Coblentz; it is nationally syndicated in more than 130 newspapers throughout the United States. She is the author of The Amish Cook at Home. Lovina lives in Michigan with her husband and eight children. "Baking is something my mother taught me, much like sewing and ironing, or gardening. Now, as a mother of eight children of my own, I am beginning to teach them how to bake. I have many cherished memories of baking throughout my life." — Lovina Eicher
Kevin Williams is the editor of The Amish Cook column and the co–author of The Amish Cook at Home and is a frequent speaker and author on Amish recipes. He lives with his wife in Ohio.
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KosherEye Cookbook Notes: What a wonderful cookbook! Delightful "homey" style notes accompany each of the recipes – very nostalgic and comforting – just like the recipes. We thoroughly enjoyed reading Kevin Williams' introduction to each chapter: very informative as to how each baking category relates to the Amish culture. The chapter on pies includes two basic pie dough recipes and the reader has the option of using either recipe. The first one uses a fat product that is not used by the kosher consumer. This recipe is not a "show stopper" for considering a purchase or using this lovely cookbook. We suggest either using a frozen pie crust, your own recipe, or a recipe that uses a combination of vegetable shortening and parve margarine. The second pie recipe uses milk as the liquid but that can easily be substituted by using a parve non-dairy product. The recipes, the pictures, the commentary...everything works well together in this terrific baking cookbook. It definitely has a permanent place in our cookbook library.
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