Dishes from the Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen
The Amish have a rich culinary heritage. Whether it’s shoofly pie or scrapple, Dutch cabbage rolls or doughnuts, “Amish cooking” means hearty and savory foods. In this online guide you’ll find over 300 delicious recipes from the Amish and PA German cooking tradition.
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If you’re looking for a print resource for Amish recipes, there are many choices available. Here are a few worth considering:
The Amish Cook– Lovina Eicher, aka “The Amish Cook”, is probably the best-known culinary source among the Amish, enjoying a national following. With her editor Kevin Williams, she has published a number of cookbooks, such as The Amish Cook’s Baking Book, and The Amish Cook at Home. Eicher also writes a weekly column carried in over 100 newspapers nationwide.
Cooking & Such– This quarterly, produced by Florida resident Sherry Gore, gathers recipes from across the Amish and Pennsylvania German traditions. In addition to traditional recipes, Cooking & Such features creative takes on old favorites. A recent issue offered tasty recipes for Gingerbread Waffles and Cheeseburger Soup. You can subscribe to Cooking & Such at sherrygorebooks.com.
Local Amish Cookbooks– Often seen at dry goods stores in Amish communities. Part of the fun here is in hunting down a cook book created by local Amish cooks, which often include local favorite recipes. Women (and some men) in numerous Amish settlements contribute to community recipe books, which can usually be purchased at a reasonable price. These cookbooks range from titles including the Lancaster County Amish Cook Book to Amish Country Cooking by the Amish of Rexford, Montana.
Amish pies photo: Northeast Indiana/flickr