Amish Cookbook

Finding an authentic Amish cookbook is not easy. There are many Amish cookbooks offered for sale at various stores and online locations, but when you examine them, you’ll find that rarely is the author or editor actually an Amish person. They are typically cookbooks written by non-Amish in an attempt to cash in on the enormous interest in Amish cooking and cookbooks.

The best place to go for authentic Amish recipes is the magazine Family Life , which is published by an Old Order Amish publishing house in Aylmer, Ontario. Each issue features a section where Amish readers send in their favorite recipes. This magazine is fairly inexpensive and anyone can subscribe to it by writing Family Life, Aylmer, Ontario N5H 2R3.

Amish Cookbook

Recently, the editors of Family Life magazine collected the best Amish recipes sent in over the years and published them in a hardback cookbook simply entitled Amish Cooking. It is the only authentic Amish cookbook that we know of. It contains 331 pages and retails (in 2010) for $7.95. It contains hundreds of Amish recipes and can be purchased directly from Family Life at the address above or at the following online link: Amish Cooking.

Since most Old Order Amish have large families and live on tight budgets, the recipes in this cookbook were especially selected for being tasty, simple, nourishing, time-saving, and economical. In the Amish Cookbook, the reader will find various kinds of mixes—cake, biscuit, and pancake—that can be made from scratch. It also contains recipes for breakfast cereals, crackers, pretzels—and even soaps, lotions, and shampoos. Most of these recipes are both better-tasting and more economical than their store-bought counterparts. There is even a section on canning, meat preserving, and practical household hints.

Amish Cooking

For the Amish, bread is the most important item on the family table. At one time, Amish mothers had adopted store-bought white flour because of its convenience, but in recent times the Amish have become more conscious of giving their family the very best in nutrition and have turned again to the use of whole wheat flour. Often they ground their own flour.

Fifty or sixty years ago, many Amish women did their baking in outdoor bake ovens. These were built of brick but were usually nicely white-washed on the outside with lime. The ovens were approximately eight foot long and 4-1/2 feet high. A fire was started on the inside shelf of the oven. Then after the oven was heated, the ashes were raked forward to an opening inside the small iron door, where they fell to the bottom of the oven.

The mother held a feather inside the oven to test the heat. If the feather singed too soon, the oven was too hot. A large amount of bread, pies, and cookies were baked in the oven at the same time. After they were taken out, the mother then placed the dinner in.

A few of these ovens still exist in the Amish communities and some are still in good condition.

For a sampling of free Amish recipes, please go to Amish recipes.

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This cookbook is one of Pathway's most popular items. It contains over 1000 recipes contributed by various Amish families.
331 pp. Hardback.