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Amish Cooking | 3 Amish Cookbooks to Add to Your Kitchen

Amish Cooking

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As an author, one of the things I like to do for research is experience the food the culture I’m writing about cooks and eats. That’s easy to do with the Amish! I don’t cook as much as I used to. I’m usually writing right up until dinnertime and then pull together something quick and easy, although healthy.

But every once in a while I’ll take some time and cook something special, including a dish from one of my Amish cookbooks. My collection ranges from oversized picture cookbooks to little pamphlets that are photocopied. Here’s a glimpse of three of my favorite:


1. The Amish Cook at Home by Lovina Eicher with Kevin Williams is one of the oversized, picture book cookbooks I have. It’s a beautiful compilation that, besides recipes, includes insights into Amish life, amusing anecdotes, beautiful photos, and lovely sayings. Lovina, following in her mother Elizabeth Coblentz’s footsteps, writes the column “The Amish Cook.” This is the kind of book that makes a great gift—for yourself or someone you love.


2. I purchased Amish Country Cooking by the Amish of the West Kootenai, Rexford, Montana, when I was writing my novel Minding Molly. One of the characters was from Montana, and I was looking for some insight into the settlements there. Amish Country Cooking, published in 1988, is full of recipes like finger steaks (using deer, elk, or antelope), vanilla pudding made from scratch, and zucchini soup. There are over 600 recipes and all were originally cooked on woodstoves. Verses and poems are also included. I love this book!


3. The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook by Georgia Varozza includes Plain favorites such as recipes for sticky buns, shoo-fly pie, and chunky beef vegetable soup to feed a hundred. Georgia compiled family recipes handed down for generations and recipes from members of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church she attended into her book. Her introduction that’s all about food and her family is worth owning the book, not to mention the other 260 pages of recipes.

What is your favorite Plain food or old-fashioned recipe? Please share any recipe books that you would recommend!

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Leslie Gould (33 Posts)

Leslie Gould is the award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the #1 bestseller and Christy Award winner "The Amish Midwife", co-written with Mindy Starns Clark. Her latest release is "Adoring Addie", a retelling of the “Romeo and Juliet,” the second in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. Leslie, her husband, Peter, and their four children live in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.lesliegould.com. Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She, her husband, Peter, and their four children live in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.lesliegould.com.


  1. I like Wanda Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas cookbook. She has lots of recipes in there for anytime of the year as well as articles giving you an exclusive look into the way most plain people celebrate Christmas time.

    • Shirley,
      Thank you for the recommendation! I’ve seen Wanda’s Christmas cookbook. I’ll look into it!

      • Wanda has several cookbooks. All of them are good. I’ve tried recipes from them. From the above cook book I’ve mentioned I have made the Frozen Peanut butter Pie. Very good and easy to make. Then she had a recipe for Chicken and rice soup on her Facebook page which I have made twice. Easy to make and yummy. I think it came from her Best Friends cookbook . Not sure if that is the right name for that cookbook.
        Hope you try the cookbook. It’s cramb packed full of good recipes. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. Cathy Carruthers says:

    Me, Myself and Pie! Is a good one too.

  3. I have book #2 along with at least 8 other Amish cookbooks. I have tried many recipes from these and have always been pleased, especially with canning recipes!

  4. Dear Leslie … I am not familiar with the cookbooks that you have mentioned. They look like wonderful cookbooks. The three Amish cookbooks that I use are: MIRIAM’S COOKBOOK by Carrie Bender, AMISH HERITAGE COOKBOOK by Beverly Lewis and TABLE FOR TWO by Rhoda Miller and Sam & Amy Miller. Thank you for sharing. Sweetest Blessings ♥ Teri

  5. Cindy Batdorf says:

    I have “The Amish Cook” by Elizabeth Coblentz’, “The Amish Dutch Cook Book”, 1962, and “Amish Cooking”, 2007. Good Food!

  6. I love Elizabeth Coblentz’s stories and recipes. I’ll look in to the other two. The 1962 book looks especially interesting.

    • Cindy Batdorf says:

      I also love Elizabeth’s stories. That is the main reason I bought the cookbook. The 1962 came from my parents house. They both died in 2014 and I love our Pa cooking, 2hrs. from Lancaster, so it was a keeper for me.

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