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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' 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!


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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' 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!

30 review for Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida

  1. 4 out of 5

    Koeeoaddi

    Excellent white bread recipe that I made yesterday and will definitely make again, along with a bunch of interesting other breads I'll probably get around to trying eventually. (One star deducted for cake recipes that either call for box cake mix, or jello.) Excellent white bread recipe that I made yesterday and will definitely make again, along with a bunch of interesting other breads I'll probably get around to trying eventually. (One star deducted for cake recipes that either call for box cake mix, or jello.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen E.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore, ©2013 Little known fact about Sherry Gore: "I had a chicken named Henrietta who liked to sit on my shoulder when I was cooking." That's what I would call "fresh eggs" in the kitchen! A side note: I absolutely love Lydia Dabcovich's drawings in her children's book, Mrs. Huggins and Her Hen Hannah. Loved reading this book outloud! I have a copy of Sherry's first cookbook, Taste of Pinecraft: Glimpses of Sarasota, Florida's Amish Culture Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore, ©2013 Little known fact about Sherry Gore: "I had a chicken named Henrietta who liked to sit on my shoulder when I was cooking." That's what I would call "fresh eggs" in the kitchen! A side note: I absolutely love Lydia Dabcovich's drawings in her children's book, Mrs. Huggins and Her Hen Hannah. Loved reading this book outloud! I have a copy of Sherry's first cookbook, Taste of Pinecraft: Glimpses of Sarasota, Florida's Amish Culture and Kitchens and the premiere first year issues of Cooking & Such magazine. I was excited when I was invited by the publisher to receive Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida, a combination of new recipes and portions from that original collection, and gladly awaited its arrival. This title is also available as a Zondervan ebook. Visit zondervan.com/ebooks. Complete with lay-flat binding, and photos throughout, Sherry's collection and tips, and special notes are heart-warming and a little bit of pie-heaven! Tasty recipes easy to prepare and serve our family and do-drop-in friends. Here's one, "Shepherd's Pie" reminiscent of my cousin's Irish cooking, and my year venture to the East Coast and introduction to Clam Chowder, there is a recipe from a tearoom from a farm near Cape Cod, and another for Seafood Chowder; Instead of Frying Fish ~ a 15-minute bake recipe for my favorite Walleye! My husband and I mainly eat chicken and fish, so we will enjoy these recipes. There is one for Alligator Stew ~ I was introduced to this appetizer delicacy by my friend living near Houston. It tasted similar to chicken to me. Here you go: Sherry's Recipe for Homemade Egg Noodles; Fried Chicken; Creamy Chicken Gravy; Chicken and Dumplings. A fried chicken tip: If a crisp crust is desired, cover pan for the first half of cooking period, then uncover. If a tender crust is desired, brown pieces with pan uncovered and then remove them to rack in roasting pan. Cover and bake 1 hour. There is a wonderful Index of Recipes in the back to salivate over, but not ruin your book, I hope. How to make soft pretzels and saltwater taffy, salad dressings, doughnuts ~ a variety of soups, salads, main dishes, and... desserts. I like the notes throughout; various clippings from The Budget newspaper; Sherry's gleanings, always offered with love: These recipes, like the Amish themselves, are straightforward and plain, but never boring. That is why this book is called Simply Delicious Amish Cooking. "I don't know what I'm supposed to say," I finally admit. "It's ok," they say, "just start cooking and tells us some stories about where you live." Luckily, Pinecraft is one thing I do know how to talk about. And whoopie pies are a dessert I've probably made hundreds of times; even sold them at farmer's markets at one point. And so as soon as I get that spoon in my hand I am off. I forget about that camera. I forget that I'm by myself. I'm just Sherry Gore talking about her home while making a tasty treat. How can that go wrong? Pretty soon, voila! There are the whoopie pies. --Sherry Gore, author ~*~ blog.zondervan.com/blog/behind-the-sc... First Cooking Video-Whoopie Pies! Whoopie Pies, Featured in Simply Delicious Amish Cooking - Sherry Gore Recipe: Chocolate Whoopie Pies 1½ cups shortening 3 cups sugar 3 egg yolks, beaten 3 teaspoons vanilla 1½ cups buttermilk (or sour milk) 3 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons salt 1½ cups hot water 1½ cups cocoa 6 cups flour Preheat oven at 350˚. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk. Add baking soda, salt, hot water, cocoa, and flour. Beat well. Drop by table spoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake 12 minutes. Makes approximately 40 whoopie pies. --Sherry Gore, Pinecraft, Florida Filling 1½ cups white shortening (not butter flavored) 5 tablespoons milk 3 cups powdered sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla 3 egg whites, beaten stiff Cream shortening and milk. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; mix well. Beat in egg whites until filling is fluffy. To assemble pies, spread a heaping spoonful of filling on flat side of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies. Simply Delicious Amish Cooking Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore provides a glimpse inside Florida's only Amish community. Through hundreds of easy-to-prepare recipes, 16 full-color photographs, black-and-white photographs, and stories throughout, it shows how the Plain People in Pinecraft cast aside black stockings and sensible shoes for flip-flops and Coppertone. Sherry Gore, author of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking, is the editor-in-chief of Cooking & Such magazine. She is also a weekly scribe for the national edition of the 120-year-old Amish newspaper, The Budget. Sherry is a year-round resident of Sarasota, Florida, has three children, and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church. An additional place to enjoy Sherry Gore! sherrygorebooks.com/blog/ ***Thank you to Zondervan Linked to Lit for sending me a copy of Sherry Gore's newest cookbook. No other compensation was received. (Not even advice on how to walk off the delicious fare!)***

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Burton

    Amish on the beach Loved all the journal style entries between recipes. The recipes ran a bit heavy on processed ingredients like canned soups and a lot of shortening ... but any descent cook can revise with scratch basics and a homemade pantry selection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Clipston

    Sherry Gore’s Simply Delicious Amish Cooking is a heart-warming glimpse into the Pinecraft Community, complete with tender stories and scrumptious recipes. It will delight fans of Amish fiction and readers who love the plain culture.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne J Brinson

    Amazing stories and recipes! Sherry Gore keeps your interest from begging to the end! Five stars!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    If nothing else, this book will possibly teach you that there is a small Amish and Mennonite community in Pinecraft, Florida, long away from their core areas in the United States, acting as a bit of a virtual melting pot of Amish and Mennonite cultures from around the world, contributing various recipes and influences along the way. This book is the author's consolidation of recipes from friends, neighbours and the local community, brought about through frustration that there was no real local re If nothing else, this book will possibly teach you that there is a small Amish and Mennonite community in Pinecraft, Florida, long away from their core areas in the United States, acting as a bit of a virtual melting pot of Amish and Mennonite cultures from around the world, contributing various recipes and influences along the way. This book is the author's consolidation of recipes from friends, neighbours and the local community, brought about through frustration that there was no real local recipe book. Amish cooking, as described by the author, is traditional fuss-free cooking, yet with many international origins at its heart. Food plays an important part in all of our lives but for the Amish it is central to their core, whether it is entertaining friends and family or reaching out to someone in need with the offer of food. Despite the food being possibly considered as basic or boring, you will find through these pages that there is nothing bad about these good, honest dishes. The ingredients combine and speak for themselves. Flowery language and descriptive prose is not necessary here. You get what you see. The book in some ways follows this vein too. It might seem a bit austere with its predominantly black and white text and the occasional photograph, when compared to other cookbooks and in some ways there are elements that could be improved or polished about, but the core, central information is in any case interesting, well presented and designed to get you cooking. After an interesting introduction to "Amish World" it is onto the recipes, split into chapters for bread & rolls; breakfast; appetisers & beverages; soups & salads; vegetables & side dishes; meats & main dishes; sea food; cookies & bars; pies; cakes & frostings; desserts and finally an intriguing "this and that" section. Mixed in with the recipes are various boxes with advice, guidance and clippings from an Amish newspaper. An interesting aside, perhaps, and harmless in any case. The recipes are reasonably laid out but don't go looking for photographs of each dish. Nowadays it just feels wrong not to have at least a small portrait of the finished item. International readers might have a small problem with the measures being solely in U.S.-imperial units and this does seem a bit of a strange oversight when a book like this could be a great gift for people "outside" of the community all around the world. No doubt foreign cooks will manage and convert things for themselves, but why not just put the measures in dual units from the get-go? Things are rounded off by an index of recipes, split by chapter rather than the conventional way of listing everything in various alphabetical forms. It was one of the stranger index types this reviewer has seen and it didn't really aid navigation of this book. Much could be learned to transform this book from a good, average read to something much more accessible and engaging. It is a shame as there is a lot to offer from this book but much of it is "hidden". This book was so-near to being a good four "YUM" book but it just fell down on the execution. When you have a book of this kind if you want to attract the "outsider" you need to up your game a little as otherwise you are just singing to the converted. Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida, written by Sherry Gore and published by Zondervan. ISBN 9780310335542, 250 pages. Typical price: USD16.99. YYY. // This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes Cordero

    As I read Simply Delicious, I felt like I was cooking at home with my mother, my grandmother and my favorite aunt. You are not just cooking, and you are not doing it alone. You’re in your kitchen sharing recipes and stories; sharing tips and little nuggets of wisdom; learning how to cook and learning a little bit about history, and different places, and people. This is not just a cookbook; it’s a history lesson about the Amish and their community in Pinecraft. It’s also full of their humor, thei As I read Simply Delicious, I felt like I was cooking at home with my mother, my grandmother and my favorite aunt. You are not just cooking, and you are not doing it alone. You’re in your kitchen sharing recipes and stories; sharing tips and little nuggets of wisdom; learning how to cook and learning a little bit about history, and different places, and people. This is not just a cookbook; it’s a history lesson about the Amish and their community in Pinecraft. It’s also full of their humor, their wisdom and their sense of family and no-nonsense way of life. But it is most definitely a book about cooking. Some of the recipes are those wonderfully made-from-scratch semi-decadent Amish dishes. Comfort food at its best, and very simple, like the Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes (mouth watering), Chicken Pie (sooo good), Parmesan Pan Bread (full of flavor), and Pizza Crust (…homemade pizza, enough said!), among many other recipes that are pretty common, but here they have an Amish twist. Other recipes are semi-homemade, like the Monkey Bread (which calls for refrigerated biscuits), and this was not what I expected, but, on the other hand, it shows how the book can be used by those who don’t have much time to prepare a full meal from scratch. It has alternatives, and that is a very good thing. I also loved how the recipes were written: just like my mom would write a recipe for me. For example, when the Cooked Chocolate Pudding recipe (my family’s favorite dessert at the moment) says, “Pay attention, because this happens quickly.” A very candid way to write a recipe that made me smile while making it because it is not written dryly. Since these recipes are written by everyday homemakers or cooking enthusiasts, their wording is very familiar, very easy to understand and to follow. A few recipes, however, don’t include all of the measures (like the amount of cinnamon, butter and brown sugar for the Cinnamon Rolls’ filling), so you have to go with your taste. The tips included are very useful. The tip on the substitutions for different types of flour was wonderful, as well as how to keep brown sugar soft (a big help for me). Also, the different tips on cooking seafood, among a few others, were very helpful, and made this cookbook a great addition to my kitchen for my everyday use. Many recipes are written with a large family in mind, since Amish families are usually pretty big. So for a family of three, like mine, there was a lot left over, which meant that my father, my mother and my sister got to enjoy them also. And isn't that exactly one of the purposes of Amish cooking and, therefore, this book? To share your meals, your stories, your lessons learned, and the goodness of God with your family and friends. *I received a copy of this book from Zondervan through The Christian Manifesto in exchange of an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth "Eli" Olmedo

    Simply Delicious Amish Cooking is just that — simply delicious! It is spiral bound and reminds me of the church cookbooks that I have so often seen in my mother and grandmother’s kitchens. Sherry Gore has put together a mouth-watering compilation of treats that is sure to please everyone in the family. Peppered between the goodness are stories and journal-like entries from the Amish community of Sarasota, Florida. The broad spectrum of recipes Gore covers is incredible. There are goodies for ever Simply Delicious Amish Cooking is just that — simply delicious! It is spiral bound and reminds me of the church cookbooks that I have so often seen in my mother and grandmother’s kitchens. Sherry Gore has put together a mouth-watering compilation of treats that is sure to please everyone in the family. Peppered between the goodness are stories and journal-like entries from the Amish community of Sarasota, Florida. The broad spectrum of recipes Gore covers is incredible. There are goodies for every meal of the day (including snack time!) and it will take me weeks, if not months, to scratch the surface of this treasure trove. There are sauces, bread, meats, drinks, pies, soups and so much more — even homemade peanut butter and root beer (talk about extensive!). When I first agreed to review Simply Delicious Amish Cooking, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never tried my hand at the Amish cuisine. Now, it’s my go-to book for scrumptious desserts and tasty snacks. So here are just a few of the reasons that have made this cookbook a favorite of mine. RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE– For years, I have unsuccessfully hunted for the perfect recipe for homemade cheesecake. I finally found it. It is AMAZING. So good in fact, I’ve already made it three times. One of them for a church potluck and everyone loved it. GRANDMA’S RAISIN OATMEAL COOKIES–I made these for my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary party and they turned out to be a major hit with the guests. PINECRAFT WINTER SALAD–What is not to love about a salad with mandarin oranges, strawberries, cranberries, blue cheese and nuts? The sweet of the fruit, the crunch of the nuts, and the salt of the cheese make for one yummy explosion of flavor. GRILLED LIME FISH FILLETS–I’d been out running errands all morning and needed something quick and easy to throw together. This fit the bill perfectly. Despite arriving home late, I had nice meal ready in time. TROPICAL CHICKEN SALAD–This is great for a summer day when you are looking for a light meal. The curry gives the salad a nice little kick. SHEHERD’S PIE–In our household we love lots of flavor. Because the meat only called for salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce I went ahead and added some spices. It turned out really yummy. Definitely something to repeat. SPICED PRETZELS–Next time I make these, I’m doubling or tripling the ingredients. This salty snack barely made it a day. The pretzels were so good and very addicting. Needless to say, I love this collection of recipes! They are made up with basic, easy-to-find ingredients so you won’t have to waste time tracking them down in specialty stores or hidden away places. If you are looking for simple and delicious, this is the cookbook for you. Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: SIMPLY DELICIOUS AMISH COOKING Author: Sherry Gore Publisher: Zondervan May 2013 ISBN: 978-0310335542 Genre: Amish cookbook 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' Title: SIMPLY DELICIOUS AMISH COOKING Author: Sherry Gore Publisher: Zondervan May 2013 ISBN: 978-0310335542 Genre: Amish cookbook 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! SIMPLY DELICIOUS AMISH COOKING is Ms. Gore’s second cookbook. Having a large family (seven people) I love Amish cookbooks as many of the recipes are written with large families in mind. I also love that being “plain” myself, I don’t have to worry about a lot of boxed or convenience foods or specialty items to make different things. This book is different—being as this Amish community is set in Florida, they enjoy such items as Alligator Stew or Alligator nuggets. Alligator isn’t readily available in northern Arkansas. But I would love to try it! We did try the coconut cream pie (wonderful), the no-bake cookies (tasted the same as our usual recipe), shepherd’s pie, and breakfast casserole. We loved everything we tried. There’s even some unexpected recipes (other than the alligator) for things such as coffee soup. Included are pictures of the Amish/Mennonites in Florida (enjoying the beach, riding their bikes, etc) and tidbits from The Budget—the Amish newspaper. Highly recommend this cookbook. Spiral bound, so it opens easily, and stays open for ease of cooking. $16.99. 256 pages. 5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This looks like an excellent cookbook! i can't wait to try homemade root beer!! I have wanted to make it ever since reading an Amish fiction novel where the family made and sold it, so that one popped out right away! I have read lots of complaints from reviewers about using items like jello, pudding, and canned fruit, etc, and also about recipes not being healthy. In my experience, (I live in an Amish area and am Mennonite), typical Amish and Mennonite cooking is not meant to be healthy! Most co This looks like an excellent cookbook! i can't wait to try homemade root beer!! I have wanted to make it ever since reading an Amish fiction novel where the family made and sold it, so that one popped out right away! I have read lots of complaints from reviewers about using items like jello, pudding, and canned fruit, etc, and also about recipes not being healthy. In my experience, (I live in an Amish area and am Mennonite), typical Amish and Mennonite cooking is not meant to be healthy! Most conservative amish and Mennonite are working so hard physically every day, there isn't much need for dieting. And I'm not surprised either at the use of canned fruits (my guess is that some would use their home canned items anyway) and mixes. The recipes look delicious and I recognize many of them as being common in our area also. My mom makes Poor Man's Steak, and we love hamloaf (though I've never attempted to make it from scratch... I'm tempted though, it looks so simple!). The breads look amazing; amish bread is famous around here and I'd love to be able to make my own! And Country Caramel French Toast... that one will be on the list too! And for a super traditional dessert (around here in central PA anyway), try the whoopie pies! Delicious... There is an excellent range of items; delicious looking desserts, breads, breakfast items, main dishes, salads, cookies... and a yummy looking seafood section that looks to be the most unique thing about the Pinecroft Amish! Alligator Stew may be difficult to make if you aren't seaside, but there are a lot of other options, like Grilled Lime Fish Fillets, and Peppered Lime batter for fish. I'm not a seafood eater, but I may have to try those! The stories peppered throughout the book are like snippets of Amish life, stories about family life- they may not be super exciting, but its a neat peek into Amish living- it feels like you are reading bits out of the Budget! If you are looking for a healthy, simple living cookbook, then this is probably not the one for you. If you want good, simple, authentic Amish food, then try it! Tons of great recipes and a peek at Amish life. I'd recommend it! Note: In looking at the pictures, it seems that that Pinecroft Amish are more like conservative Mennonites in our area (central PA), though I believe there are more liberal Amish in the Lancaster area as well. Either way, the food is very similar to Amish and Mennonite food here as well. I recieved a copy of this book for my honest review from the publisher.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Edie

    The turn in the economy has prompted me to look for more traditional solutions for things. I've found different ways to use inexpensive ingredients and products to replace many of the pricier brands and items I was using in the past. All the old school wisdom of our elders and tricks and tips from the older generations are coming back into play. One area that I've had trouble finding simple, inexpensive ingredients to use is cooking. It seems like every cookbook I have or recipe I see online uses The turn in the economy has prompted me to look for more traditional solutions for things. I've found different ways to use inexpensive ingredients and products to replace many of the pricier brands and items I was using in the past. All the old school wisdom of our elders and tricks and tips from the older generations are coming back into play. One area that I've had trouble finding simple, inexpensive ingredients to use is cooking. It seems like every cookbook I have or recipe I see online uses a long list of expensive ingredients. I just want simple stuff! I usually can't find the exotic items that many recipes call for and a lot of them that I can find are so expensive that I can't afford them! I was THRILLED to see the Simply Delicious Amish Cookbook as a selection to review from Booksneeze. I LOVE cookbooks anyway and I just knew this one would be STOCK full of all natural recipes that have survived many generations. I was not disappointed in the least. There are so many things to love about this cookbook. It has over 300 recipes. It includes cute stories and anecdotes from the Amish community. I have seen several familiar recipes that I've always wished I had access to. I've seen several recipes that I've used for years (now I don't have to worry about losing them!) including the same recipe my Grandma used for chocolate cream pie. Almost every recipe has inexpensive, easy to find ingredients (there are a few exotics like the one that calls for alligator meat!). The recipes are family friendly, my kids are going to LOVE them (Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits anyone?)! There are beautiful full color photos of some of the dishes and many charming black and white photos from the Amish community. I love this cookbook. I love it from start to finish. If you like simply delicious cooking then you will love it too! I can't wait to try them all! This is timely for my family too because one of my goals for the summer is to help Apple learn to cook two whole meals (dinners) from start to finish. She now has a whole new collection of desserts to learn too! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I’ve seen a lot of praise for the author of this cookbook from various Amish-Fiction writers so I was excited to have the chance to pick it up. I held off on writing my review until I tried a few of the recipes which might I add—were DELICIOUS! I wanted to get a picture of the recipes we tried but unfortunately the muffins were gobbled up before I had a chance! I thought this cookbook was great but I will be honest that I’m still slightly confused over cookbooks in e-book format. I unders I’ve seen a lot of praise for the author of this cookbook from various Amish-Fiction writers so I was excited to have the chance to pick it up. I held off on writing my review until I tried a few of the recipes which might I add—were DELICIOUS! I wanted to get a picture of the recipes we tried but unfortunately the muffins were gobbled up before I had a chance! I thought this cookbook was great but I will be honest that I’m still slightly confused over cookbooks in e-book format. I understand that this book comes in both print and in e-book but seeing as the ebook version is the one that I read… The reason ebooks as cookbooks make no sense to me is that you get your kindle or ereader filthy and have to have it in your kitchen which isn’t a very safe place for an electronic. Also, it does not make it easy to flip through and look at which recipes you want to view or to just prop your book open and take a look. Otherwise, the cookbook itself was a 5 star cookbook simply for the delicious breakfast muffin recipes I found inside! I made the Blueberry Streusel muffins and as I said—they were gone before I could even get a picture of them! I can’t wait to try a few variations of this recipe with other fruits. I’m betting strawberry would be fantastic! This is a book I will definitely be on the lookout for in printed format. I enjoyed the recipes and the stories inside the beginning of each chapter. I knew very little about Pinecraft, Florida or about the Amish and Mennonite that live there. There was also a “statement of faith” of sorts that helped put their belief system into perspective. If you’re looking for a recipe book with fantastic desserts—I do suggest this one. I DO suggest getting the book in print rather than ebook publication! View all my reviews Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill

    For complete review with images, please visit original post @ The Indigo Quill: http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com/20... I thought the background information at the beginning of the book was very useful. We actually lived in Bradenton, FL, worked in Sarasota, and went to school in St. Petersburg for a few years and I honestly never would've guessed there was an Amish Mennonite community there. Sarasota is a very busy, expensive town where many travelers stop to buy high-priced items or bask on For complete review with images, please visit original post @ The Indigo Quill: http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com/20... I thought the background information at the beginning of the book was very useful. We actually lived in Bradenton, FL, worked in Sarasota, and went to school in St. Petersburg for a few years and I honestly never would've guessed there was an Amish Mennonite community there. Sarasota is a very busy, expensive town where many travelers stop to buy high-priced items or bask on the Gulf Coast. It is not an area I would expect a community that thrives within (in comparison) simplicity to dwell. In the front of the book, Gore portrays the Amish Mennonite community for us, as well as The Budget newspaper in which she is a part. I thoroughly enjoyed this brief history and knowledge and thought it set the book apart from other cookbooks. As a whole, this book has some very delicious, hearty recipes that create pure, southern cooking. For the most part they were easy for me to follow, but some recipes didn't have exact measurements and that can stress a Type A person like me out a little bit! There were also a few recipes that seemed like they were modified repeats of others, and I think Miss Gore could've done without some of them. However, I found the individual stories included with each recipe endearing and heartfelt. It was like reading a cookbook and memoir in one. The recipes I chose were Lisa's Homemade White Bread, Fried Chicken, and Creamy Chicken Gravy. To complete the dish, we made some polenta which went fabulously with the chicken and gravy. It was really delicious and simple! Everything complimented the other nicely and I'm sure it would've been just as good with brown rice to substitute the polenta. I was actually really surprised how delicious the meal turned out regardless of the simplicity of the recipes and their ingredients. If you're partial to Amish cooking, I would recommend this book. The title describes it perfectly: simple and delicious! I received an eCopy, but rumor has it the printed version is in a spiral bounding, which makes it even easier to use in the kitchen!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bluerose's Heart

    I just love this cookbook! Most of the cookbooks that come into my home end up being given away. I require *super simple* recipes! I don't overly enjoy cooking, but I do want to give my family a nutritious meal that didn't take me hours to cook, and then hours to clean up. I'd rather read! ;) I need recipes that don't require lots of ingredients that I'll probably only use for one recipe. I want ingredients that are in lots of recipes I like, so there's a better chance I won't end up throwing th I just love this cookbook! Most of the cookbooks that come into my home end up being given away. I require *super simple* recipes! I don't overly enjoy cooking, but I do want to give my family a nutritious meal that didn't take me hours to cook, and then hours to clean up. I'd rather read! ;) I need recipes that don't require lots of ingredients that I'll probably only use for one recipe. I want ingredients that are in lots of recipes I like, so there's a better chance I won't end up throwing them out and wasting money. I had been doing a pretty decent job of removing processed foods from our home(not completely!) before discovering little Bumblebee was on his way. Suffering from the sickness and exhaustion that comes with pregnancy, I allowed processed food to take over. I *strongly* desire to remove them from our home again. This cookbook has proved a perfect fit with me. If you're like me on the cooking issue, this is a perfect cookbook for you to try, too! It'd also make an awesome wedding gift, because there's lots of recipes for those basic, "need to know" kinds of foods, like breads, simple fried chicken, cakes, basic frosting, shortcake for strawberries, etc. If you've read anything about the Amish at all, I'm sure you've heard of Whoopie Pies. Of course, there's a recipe for those, too, which I'm hoping to try soon. I've been curious about those for quite some time! I like that this cookbook is spiral bound(the bound part is covered by the paper cover, though). It lays flat as I look through it, and that always pleases me! :) The negative part is the lack of pictures. There are a few pages of pictures in the center of the book, but for the most part, recipes don't have pictures with them. I like the rest of the book so much, though, that I'm perfectly okay with that! If you want simple recipes, with simple ingredients, give this one a try. *I was provided a review copy through Booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida" is a true delight from cover to cover. Author Sherry Gore offers over 300 recipes, which range from traditional Amish favorites to seafood and other recipes with a Florida influence, and many cooking tips and helpful hints. Mouth-watering vivid color photographs of many of the prepared recipes are also included. Compiled over a three-year period during which her daughter was often hospitalized, the recipes "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida" is a true delight from cover to cover. Author Sherry Gore offers over 300 recipes, which range from traditional Amish favorites to seafood and other recipes with a Florida influence, and many cooking tips and helpful hints. Mouth-watering vivid color photographs of many of the prepared recipes are also included. Compiled over a three-year period during which her daughter was often hospitalized, the recipes and stories were shared by Amish communities across the country. The book also includes a history of the Amish and Mennonite orders from their origins in Switzerland to their beginnings in America. The Pinecraft Community in Sarasota, Florida started in 1926, and is now a thriving community and popular Winter retreat for Amish and Mennonite families. According to Sherry Gore, Amish food is special because "it is traditional American cooking at its best", and it "makes visitors, whether old friends or strangers, feel welcome". Here is a sampling of some the delightful recipes which are shared: "Dutch Dinner Rolls"; "Morning Glory Muffins"; "Farmer's Skillet"; "Cheeseburger Soup"; "Hot Bacon Dressing for Dandelion Greens"; "Amish Church Dinner"; "Hand-Breaded Pork Chops and Creamy Country Gravy"; "Fabulous Grilled Fish and Shrimp Dinner"; "Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies"; "Three-Layer Strawberries and Cream Cake"; and "Zucchini Relish". I was quite delighted to see a recipe for my grandfather's favorite dessert: "Premium Gingerbread with Old-Fashioned Lemon Sauce"--topped with whipped cream, of course! Review Copy Gratis Zondervan Books via Booksneeze

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rikki

    I was a tiny bit disappointed with this book. Not so much with the contents but the presentation. For some reason the lovely cover made me anticipate tons of color photos of Amish life, farms, kitchens and what not, but all it offered was a black and white photograph at the beginning of each chapter. Other than that the contents is exactly what it says on the cover, recipes and short stories or memories told by various people. Interesting but nothing Earth shattering either. The recipes are organ I was a tiny bit disappointed with this book. Not so much with the contents but the presentation. For some reason the lovely cover made me anticipate tons of color photos of Amish life, farms, kitchens and what not, but all it offered was a black and white photograph at the beginning of each chapter. Other than that the contents is exactly what it says on the cover, recipes and short stories or memories told by various people. Interesting but nothing Earth shattering either. The recipes are organized in various chapters starting with breakfast recipes then going through the usual vegetables, meats, seafood, pies to a chapter called “this and that”, which consists of some rather “exotic” recipes like for example “Dark chocolate-covered caramels with sea salt” or “Hand-dipped chocolate-covered coconut patties”. This surprised me as I somehow thought that Amish meals would be a little more, um, frugal. Obviously I don’t know a lot about the Amish. Anyway, I quite liked the sound of most of them and will definitely try out a few in the future. Some of my favourites that I want to try were: Banana sour cream bread Grilled lime fish fillets Shrimp scampi Busy day cookies and probably every other cookie in the book Lemon sour cream pie I got quite a lot of nice sounding recipes out of this book but all in all it did not quite meet my expectations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Noel

    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. I 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. 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.i> Simple, family and faith focused book of recipes from a village in Florida. Everything from bread to barbecue sauce, salads, homemade dressings, fried chicken, sunburst lemon cookies and even alligator stew!! I particularly enjoyed the "This 'n That" section in the back with recipes for soft pretzels, taffy, yogurt and strawberry jelly among other things. Nice little cookbook that I could see myself using fairly often. I received a digital copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley.com for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly (2 Kids and Tired)

    Simply Delicious Amish Cooking is as interesting a book to read as it is a cookbook. Sherry Gore of Pinecraft, Florida has compiled a wonderful, easy to use cookbook with recipes gleaned from family and friends. It's very much like an old-time church or community cookbook. Interspersed with the recipes are thoughts and anecdotes and true life tidbits from those who have shared recipes. I love the spiral binding that allows the book to truly lay flat, but also has ease of turning. Some recipes, not Simply Delicious Amish Cooking is as interesting a book to read as it is a cookbook. Sherry Gore of Pinecraft, Florida has compiled a wonderful, easy to use cookbook with recipes gleaned from family and friends. It's very much like an old-time church or community cookbook. Interspersed with the recipes are thoughts and anecdotes and true life tidbits from those who have shared recipes. I love the spiral binding that allows the book to truly lay flat, but also has ease of turning. Some recipes, not all, have serving sizes. I wish every recipe did. There are no photos for each recipe although there are a couple of color plates with selected recipe photos. The index is nice with categories for meals: Appetizers, Main Dish, Desserts, etc. It is also indexed by main ingredients: poultry, beef, pasta, etc. This is isn't a cookbook for healthy or clean eaters, but it is a down home cookbook. Chances are most ingredients are already in your pantry. The recipes aren't fancy and they're written by experienced cooks, so some instructions may seem lacking in detail. I baked Lisa's Brown Bread which was fantastic and makes the most delicious toast. I also made the Hand-Breaded Pork Chops and Creamy Country Gravy, which also received rave reviews from my husband.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandi Miller

    Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore is simply delicious. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. I love the stories that are incorporated throughout the book. It begins with why she wrote the book, and it tells about who the Amish and Mennonites are. The recipes look easy enough to follow and use basic ingredients that would be in most kitchens (well with the exception of the alligator dish). There are little stories added with some of the recipes along with tips. There are a few beau Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore is simply delicious. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. I love the stories that are incorporated throughout the book. It begins with why she wrote the book, and it tells about who the Amish and Mennonites are. The recipes look easy enough to follow and use basic ingredients that would be in most kitchens (well with the exception of the alligator dish). There are little stories added with some of the recipes along with tips. There are a few beautiful pictures of the prepared recipes included, I wish there were more just because they looked so delicious and made me want to make them. I couldn’t believe that doughnuts were made with mashed potatoes. The one thing I wasn’t crazy about was the cover of the book. It seems a little flimsy over the spiral binding. I’m afraid that with use it will begin to tear but other than that the book is wonderful! You have to get this one if you like cookbooks. I received this book at no charge from booksneeze.com for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I love this cookbook and I am happy to add it to my cookbook collection. The recipes inside are easy to make and delicious too! The photos soon will have you drooling and the information inside is helpful and the stories are all so interesting. Where can you find a recipe for Alligator Stew in other recipe books? If you were looking for Yumesetti under what category would you find it? Have you ever heard of Morning Glory Muffins or Spiced Pretzels? It's all here in this wonderful cookbook. Order t I love this cookbook and I am happy to add it to my cookbook collection. The recipes inside are easy to make and delicious too! The photos soon will have you drooling and the information inside is helpful and the stories are all so interesting. Where can you find a recipe for Alligator Stew in other recipe books? If you were looking for Yumesetti under what category would you find it? Have you ever heard of Morning Glory Muffins or Spiced Pretzels? It's all here in this wonderful cookbook. Order this cookbook for your collection and start making some easy mouth watering recipes! You will be glad you did! Thank you Sherry Gore for putting together this wonderful cookbook that can be treasured recipe after recipe!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beckey

    This was an interesting book to read. The first 20 or so page gives the reader a bit of information about the book and such. Then it goes on with different Amish recipes (some I am looking forward to attempting at the least) … The recipes included in the book range from the breads and rolls to the soups to seafood to pies and so much more. I was surprised to see the black and white photos of some of the Amish that the book had it in, since the PA (Lancaster Area) Amish really dislike to have pictu This was an interesting book to read. The first 20 or so page gives the reader a bit of information about the book and such. Then it goes on with different Amish recipes (some I am looking forward to attempting at the least) … The recipes included in the book range from the breads and rolls to the soups to seafood to pies and so much more. I was surprised to see the black and white photos of some of the Amish that the book had it in, since the PA (Lancaster Area) Amish really dislike to have pictures taken.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    This is a lovely cookbook with beautiful photos and endearing stories about the Amish in Sarasota, Florida. The stories are interesting and the recipes are simple and delicious. I like that the recipes don't include a lot of processed food ingredients in them or strange gourmet ingredients that are difficult to find in stores. This is a lovely cookbook with beautiful photos and endearing stories about the Amish in Sarasota, Florida. The stories are interesting and the recipes are simple and delicious. I like that the recipes don't include a lot of processed food ingredients in them or strange gourmet ingredients that are difficult to find in stores.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Helena

    So many recipes I want to make from this book, I may have to get a copy. I borrowed it from the library but with us trying to eat healthy there's no way I can make all the ones I want to try before I have to return it. :) So many recipes I want to make from this book, I may have to get a copy. I borrowed it from the library but with us trying to eat healthy there's no way I can make all the ones I want to try before I have to return it. :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love cookooks that also tell the stories of the people and culture behind the recipes. This one was not a let down.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    LOVE Amish food(at least things i've tried before...) and can't wait to try these recipes! I love the stories through out and the pictures make my mouth water! LOVE Amish food(at least things i've tried before...) and can't wait to try these recipes! I love the stories through out and the pictures make my mouth water!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Love it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jmonaghanpgmail.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tamela Findlay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deb Sloan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Argo

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