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I was honored to be able to write the forward for Lovina Eicher’s The Essential Amish Cookbook. Please enjoy this excerpt from the book, and I hope you’ll enjoy each and every recipe in this essential Amish cookbook.
Here’s something you might not know about the covers of novels written about the Old Order Amish: they’re designed to carry a reader into another world. A gentler world, set on a peaceful and pastoral stage, with characters surrounded by a caring community.
As you turn the pages of The Essential Amish Cookbook by Lovina Eicher, you’ll experience the same reaction. Gorgeous photography—peaceful farm scenery and close-ups of mouthwatering recipes—starts the process of pulling you in. Read a note or two tucked under each recipe by Lovina: “Some of our children like to eat peas right from the pod but won’t touch them after they’re cooked” (Pea and Cheese Salad, page 81). Or “Hobo Suppers make a great dinner when it’s hot outside and I don’t want to heat up the kitchen. I gather the onions and green bell peppers right out of my garden and we head to the grill. The children help to assemble these suppers wrapped in foil” (Hobo Suppers, Page 114).
The stressful day you’ve had starts to recede, you slow down, your imagination soars, your tummy growls. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself longing to be a part of this warm and generous family.
And in a way, you can. This cookbook is Lovina Eicher’s first solo project (her other Amish Cook cookbooks were co-authored). Through these pages, she’s inviting you into her kitchen, garden, family, church, and, well, the essentials of her Amish life. The recipes are filled with her tips, memories, recommendations, collected from day-to-day experiences.
So dip into this book and begin. Try, enjoy, experiment, learn. And as you cook, don’t forget to bring some of those Amish essentials into your own home.
Suzanne Woods Fisher