In this day of microwaved dinners and “never-fast-enough” fast food restaurants, it’s easy to see why the Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbooks are so popular.
Sharing cherished family recipes, as well as faith-filled stories of the Mennonite heritage, these books also feature mouthwatering photographs that are so lifelike, they should come with a calorie count.
Not only are these books, published by Herald Books, a fine addition to any cook’s library, but they are also doing their part to change the world. The Mennonite Girls donate all their profits from the sale of their books to children’s charity.
The Mennonite Girls phenomenon began when Lovella Schellenberg posted a blog on the internet searching for a recipe for her beloved Paska that she remembered eating as a child. She was overwhelmed at the amount of responses her request drew, and the rest, as they say, is history. Before long, Anneliese Friesen, Betty Reimer, Bev Klassen, Charlotte Penner, Ellen Bayles, Judy Wiebe, Julie Klassen, Kathy McLellan, and Marg Bartel were trading recipes and stories and becoming fast friends.
I had the privilege of meeting most of the Mennonite Girls when I traveled to Canada earlier this year to discuss Blue Gate Musicals’ newest project inspired by their brand: a Mennonite Girls Can Cook one-act comedy play.
The play is now written, cast, and will have simultaneous openings this September 13th at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana and at the Ohio Star Theater in Sugar Creek, Ohio.
The one-act comedy (story and script by Martha Bolton, directed by Wally Nason and Jaime Janiszewski, and produced by Dan Posthuma) will run through October 27th in Indiana, and November 4th in Ohio. For tickets and additional information, go to www.bluegatemusicals.com. Come hungry!
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Martha Bolton is the author of 88 books, including her newest, The Home Game, which has now been adapted into a play. She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for fifteen years, and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. She has also written for dozens of comedians and entertainers, including Phyllis Diller, Wayne Newton, and Mark Lowry. Her popular series of books for middle-agers (Didn’t My Skin Used to Fit?, Cooking With Hot Flashes, and others) have addressed the subject of growing older in a fun and fresh way.