49 responses to What do Amish eat?
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    Mona Greer
    Comment on What do Amish eat? (December 1st, 2010 at 16:54)

    I don’t see anything wrong with the Amish eating out in Restaurants……the food probably isn’t any worse than what they eat at home…since they do cook with LARD…..but I wonder do they also cook with vegetable,olive,canola oil, etc ?
    They are not lazy people, so I suppose for all the bad eating they do, they work it off…..as they sure don’t sit and watch tv, play silly computer games,stay on cell phone…. etc….and they probably get enough sleep as they go to bed early…..so what if they go out and eat….it’s their priviledge…….I’m sure they don’t go out and eat every day like some of the Englischers do…….

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      Comment on What do Amish eat? (April 7th, 2012 at 10:10)

      There is nothing wrong with eating animal fat, in fact, prior to the mid 20th century, when the scientific/business/political machine disseminated the message that dietary saturated fat and cholesterol were the cause of cardiovascular disease, people ate animal fat and were healthy. It is only since “science” took over food production with the introduction of “heart healthy” poly-unsaturated fats (vegetable oils) and hydrogenated oils along with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors, colors and preservatives that the health in this country has gone way down. The Amish eat very traditionally and are very healthy when doing so. Sad to see that many are succumbing to modern ways of eating in America because it brings with it diseases of lifestyle, namely, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer to name a few.

      Ann Gunn, M.S. Holistic Nutrition

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      Elaine Schwartz
      Comment on What do Amish eat? (January 28th, 2015 at 18:56)

      I was raised in Pittsburgh and as you can see, married a man of German descent. A lot of my mother’s cooking was Pennsylvania German and a couple things I still make that I wonder if they are Pa. Dutch or just German. Pickled beets and eggs is one. I make a tart version, but have discovered some Amish make a sweet version. I don’t know whch, if either is a traditional Pa Dutch dish. And German potato salad, which we make hot with a bacon dripping-vinegar dressing. And scrapple. Mom made it with pork and beef scraps and lots of veggies, mostly carrots and on in. Loved it with maple syrup for breakfast!
      I believe that the PA Dutch cooking we are all so interested in is more a tradition of farming and spending all day cooking than directed by rules.

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        Comment on food and area (September 23rd, 2015 at 05:52)

        food and area

        my fathers family comes from clear field area iam look ing for a cook book from that area miss the food

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    Comment on What do Amish eat? (December 22nd, 2010 at 11:01)

    the food IS worse than what they eat at home

    Additives like Citric Acid (MSG hidden) Xanthum Gum
    are poison.

    Our food is terrible and poisonous.

    Now the Amish will start having the same health problems most Americans do.

    So, there IS something wrong with them eating our detestable food. They have every right to, but they are being lied to just like you.

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      Publius Silvanus
      Comment on What do Amish eat? (April 9th, 2014 at 14:49)

      Funny food discussion.
      My suggestion: Let the Amish eat what they want.
      They have so many restrictions so they deserve the freedom to choose their food themselves.
      I was seraching for information about the Amish religion.
      Now I found food religion.
      Anyway, I don’t mind, I am vegetarian.

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        Doesn’t matter what my name is
        Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 13th, 2014 at 10:31)

        i love this response

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          Mark – Holmes Co.
          Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 14th, 2014 at 09:51)

          “Let the Amish eat what they want”? Well, yeah… I just can’t believe people are wondering what Amish people eat and offering suggestions. Yes, please do let us eat what we want! I promise to let you do the same. 🙂

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            Kentucky Lady 717
            Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 14th, 2014 at 11:39)

            That’s the way to do it Mark…..eat what you want……that’s what I do 🙂
            We went to an Amish place yesterday, they are the hardest working people I know…..I love going to an Amish bakery…..everything looks so good….love the fried pies…..they make a wonderful sandwich too, for $2.50 , looks like they put quarter lb. of meat and cheese on it….we always get one when we go there….
            I see them shopping at Walmart all the time, and they don’t buy a lot of junk food either….basically large bags of sugar, flour, cornmeal, and things they don’t grow….. I would say they live a hard life…..I don’t think I would want to live like they do…..but they are probably a lot more healthier than the normal person…..as they don’t sit on the computer all day…..like some people I know 🙂 or watch tv……they work all day and when dark comes, they are tired and ready for bed…..I bet they don’t have a problem sleeping lol……I always say more power to them and leave them alone…….. you can learn things from them…..being lazy is not one of them…..we saw a little boy about 7 yrs. old hauling trash in a wheelbarrow to the large trash receptacle they use at the store…..so they do train them young……and that is a good thing…… my youngest granddaughter is 12 and she said grandma I would love to visit them and see how they live….and I said me too :)bet we could learn a thing or two from them…..

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              Mark – Holmes Co.
              Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 14th, 2014 at 11:50)

              Well said, Kentucky Lady. 🙂 Now I’ll tell you what my lunch today was — leftover Chinese Take-out from last evening, homemade salad, cheese & pickles (cheese bought from Troyers Store, pickles canned at home) and a fry-pie. Delicious!

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    Comment on What do Amish eat? (December 30th, 2010 at 18:40)

    Actually, lard isn’t really that bad for you. It’s not a trans fat or hydrogenated oil. I don’t know why lard gets such a bad rap…perhaps from the Crisco empire 😉

    There is a Chinese buffet not far from Union Station here in Chicago that is hugely popular with the Amish. I feel like when I go in there I’m the odd duck out!

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      Comment on What do the Amish eat (May 28th, 2014 at 10:26)

      What do the Amish eat

      Exactly my point lard is not that bad for you.

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      Comment on What do Amish eat? (September 23rd, 2015 at 05:55)

      I have freash pork fat in my freezer to melt down for lard real good

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on What do Amish eat? (December 30th, 2010 at 19:14)

    Lard is a natural by-product of animal fat and therefore used in moderation is much better for you in the long run. Also, butter they are now finding, in moderation is better than margarine.

    The more natural the food the healthier it is. A good general rule of thumb if you really want to “eat healthy” if you can produce it yourself, if it was available during biblical times,,, its probably a lot healthier for you. However, if it is laden with chemicals or has to be created or processed in a plant somewhere,,, its probably not all that healthy.

    Just my thoughts,,,,,,

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    Murrell Selden
    Comment on Eating of Pork (August 15th, 2011 at 07:54)

    Eating of Pork

    I would have thought the Amish might not eat pork, but then they do.
    I am sure it is better than the pork in a supermarket, because supermarket pork comes from hogs in which the organs have been recycled into more hog feed. Toxic metals such as cadmium would be
    in some level in Amish pork (from acid rain and soil with cadmium in it). But supermarket pork should have more cadmium.

    The Levitical law forbid pork, and Jesus was never known to eat pork,
    else Jewish sects against him would have used it against him. Though Jesus ate with sinners, he did not eat pork. Rather he ate
    fish and lamb generally. So, I would have expected Amish to raise sheep and chickens as did Jews in the time of Jesus. Also, the Jews sacrificed cows (as noted in the Exodus). But eating pork was not allowed.

    If it were up to me, I would not use sewage sludge on soil, as it
    contains heavy metals. I assume Amish do not do this. I also assume that they do not process pork by-products such as kidneys and livers into a food for hogs. This is a way to concentrate heavy metals in pork (using sewage and recycling by-products heavy in trace metals like cadmium).

    I realize the Amish don’t want to be a part of the wicked world, but if they are getting acid rain, they cannot be safe from pollution. So, I think it would be a wise policy not to eat worldly pork and to stick with home raised pork without defilement from the world. Even that may not be good – sheep are better.

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      Comment on Pork consumption (June 25th, 2013 at 11:15)

      Pork consumption

      The Amish are not Jewish in any way. They broke off of the Mennonites, a faith founded by Menno Simons in Europe around the time of Reformation.

      The Law of Levitcus declared eating pork as wrong. However, in the New Testament, an apostle had a dream in which he was told to eat, and there was pork present. He refused, and this word was given to him.. “it is not what one puts in ones mouth that makes him unlcean, rather, it is what comes out of one’s mouth that makes him unclean, because what comes out of mans mouth is what is in his heart.” The apostle was also admonished about calling anything that God had created, unclean.

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        Comment on Wrong context (July 3rd, 2013 at 21:48)

        Wrong context

        The vision that Peter had about the sheet unclean animals had nothing to do with God telling people to eat unclean foods. If you continue reading the story you will see that Peter gives the interpretation of the vision: not to call any MAN common or unclean, simply because they are Gentiles and not Jews. The vision was about man, not foods to eat, else they would not have reinforced kosher laws in Acts 15.

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          Comment on I agree Erik (April 14th, 2015 at 14:23)

          I agree Erik

          I totally agree with your views on unclean foods.

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            Comment on What do Amish eat? (April 14th, 2015 at 14:26)

            I got mixed up on the reply option.

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            Comment on ...? (April 14th, 2015 at 14:29)


            Not sure if you meant this for me, or someone else, but for the record I don’t remember ever expressing any views on unclean foods 🙂 Maybe another commenter here?

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      Comment on Eating pork? (April 14th, 2015 at 13:57)

      Eating pork?

      I realize this is an Amish tradition handed down but how is it justified since God has declared such animals unclean and we should not eat them. This commandment was never done away with as most Christian denominations teach. In fact all of God’s Commandments are for ALL generations until heaven and earth pass away.

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        Comment on Ten commandments (August 2nd, 2017 at 19:47)

        Ten commandments

        I think God narrowed it down to the ten commandments. There are many suggestions in the bible people do not adhere to. Frankly, does a sheep hurt less when it is slaughtered than a pig does? God originally told us to eat herbs, not meat, but it changed.

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    Murrell Selden
    Comment on Potatoes and Health (August 15th, 2011 at 08:03)

    Potatoes and Health

    The Amish raise potatoes. I assume they have always raised potatoes in America. I assume they know about toxic alkaloids in green potatoes.

    As for me, I don’t eat potatoes. The glycemic index is high, and I cannot work it off like the Amish. It tends to make me fat.
    Alkaloids are toxic and can be developed in potatoes by roasting
    and french frying. So, I hope Amish only eat boiled potatoes in
    moderation (not green ones). But, I note that potatoes can take
    up cadmium from soil, especially where there is acid rain. Phosphate fertilizers contain trace levels of cadmium, so Amish should not buy them (but use natural fertilizers). So, I think that Amish have good potatoes probably and should forget about
    McDonalds french fries.

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    ms fox
    Comment on I'm surprised the Amish aren't vegetarian (May 19th, 2012 at 19:44)

    I'm surprised the Amish aren't vegetarian

    I have food allergies and an upcomming business trip to an Amish area with company dinner at an Amish restaurant and realized there is nothing I can eat on the menu. I am vegetarian w/allergies to potatoes,wheat,eggs,alcohol-I have no problem w/rice,spice,msg,tofu,caffene,and most stuff in Asian,Indian,and African restaurants but have heart and breathing issues w/lard,seafood,wheat,potato-you know. I want to know if they would be offended if I asked for vegetables and rice w/no animal products or if they are normally vegan.By the way,I am Indian/Ethiopian/Mid East Jew and other Mid Eastern Jews have the same food allergies and are mostly vegetarian so I think Jesus would’ve at least avoided the fish especially in the hot climate-maybe a spicy falafel.They didn’t eat meat until moving to colder Europe w/mixture to locals who could eat anything without food allergies.

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      Comment on Amish vegan meal (May 21st, 2012 at 07:23)

      Amish vegan meal

      Ms. Fox I doubt if you’ll offend anyone with your request, especially if you explain your allergies. Amish tend to be sensitive to medical issues. You might want to emphasize no butter, eggs, etc however as the difference between ‘vegetarian’ and ‘vegan’ might not be immediately clear.

      By the way I sympathize with your food allergies, and to be honest did not know that potato allergies even existed. It sounds like as you describe it is hereditary to certain groups.

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      Army Surplus
      Comment on Allergies (June 22nd, 2013 at 17:44)


      The reason you’re allergic to everything is because you avoid everything. You’re immune system can’t protect you if you don’t give it the material it needs.

      The first thing you need to do is drink lots of water and use adequate salt. Dehydration is the underlying cause of allergies.

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    Comment on other foods (October 21st, 2012 at 23:00)

    other foods

    Do they eat legumes (beans and lentils)? Tofu and soymilk?

    Also, how much exercise do they get a day?

    What would u estimate their macronutrient breakdown be (% of carbs, protein, fats) and calories? It would be interesting to see how this all compares to the dietary recommendations produced by the govt vs how the amish eat…and who comes out healthier

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      Comment on Amish diet and nutrition (October 22nd, 2012 at 15:03)

      Amish diet and nutrition

      Bee, the short answers would be beans, yes, tofu and soy products, probably not much.

      Exercise–there has been a study or two showing Amish move around a lot more than the average non-Amish. There are some overweight and even obese Amish however. On balance I’d say the average Amish person gets more exercise than the average American.

      I can’t give a micronutrient breakdown, but I’d guess compared to norms it’s a diet fairly high in carbs and fats. Typical Amish fare is not the healthiest food, or at least not food for weight watchers 🙂

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        Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 22nd, 2012 at 15:50)

        Im actually surprised that they dont eat as healthy as i thought. Especially since they grow and make their own food, i wouldve assumed it wouldnt be as high in fats/breads/carbs.

        What do they do for fruits?

        Do u think that the amount of overweight Amish is on-par with typical Americans (isnt it like 1/3 of the population or more is overweight)?

        Do Amish tend to have less, more, or similar health issues as non-Amish? What are the most common health problems?

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          Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 22nd, 2012 at 16:37)

          There are a lot of veggies and fruits, canned and fresh, as well.

          It’s a pretty physical culture with manual labor jobs common, so I think the Amish waistline can weather the pies and casseroles a little better than most of us.

          On weight I believe the % of overweight Amish is probably a good bit lower than the American average (there have been a couple of studies in this area if I’m not mistaken).

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    Comment on Help please! (October 22nd, 2012 at 08:58)

    Help please!

    Does anyone remember where the “favorite recipes” are on this site?
    I volunteered a dessert for luncheon tomorrow, and I’m trying to find the Pumpkin Yummy Cake recipe I got off here last year-
    Anyone remember where those recipes are?
    Thank you in advance,
    Blessings to/on ya’all today,

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      Comment on Pumpkin Pie Recipe (October 22nd, 2012 at 14:59)

      Pumpkin Pie Recipe

      Hi Valerie, I’m not sure if this is the same, but the only pumpkin recipe I could find was for pie–from this post 2 years ago, on Sherry Gore’s Taste of Pinecraft cookbook: http://amishamerica.com/taste-of-pinecraft-winners-sample-recipes-and-stories/

      Fluffy Pumpkin Pie
      24 lg. marshmallows
      1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
      1/2 tsp. cinnamon
      1/2 tsp. allspice
      1/4 tsp. salt
      1 cont. frozen whipped topping
      In small saucepan melt marshmallows over low heat. Remove from
      heat and stir in pumpkin and spices. Cool, then add 3/4 cont. whipped
      topping. Refrigerate at least 4 hrs. Decorate with rest of topping.
      Sadie Hochstetler *Pinecraft, FL

      Funny you should ask about that today–we’ve got a special recipes section with 300+ recipes in the works, which should make things easier to find 🙂

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    Comment on Thanks Erik! (October 22nd, 2012 at 16:14)

    Thanks Erik!

    That looks “yummy” too,
    It’s not the one I was looking for, this is an actual sheet cake,
    someone on here posted the recipe last Fall-I made it, everyone loved it too-
    That pie, wow-RICH-jah? Have to try that one, but I need to feed a bigger group so the cake was nice size but I’m looking forward to that section coming.
    Bless you!

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      Comment on Pumpkin Yummy Cake (October 22nd, 2012 at 16:33)

      Pumpkin Yummy Cake

      Valerie I checked again, and I think I found it. Debbie Welsh posted this last October:

      Pumpkin Yummy Cake:

      32 oz canned pumpkin 1 cup brown sugar 2 tsp cinnamon

      1/2 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp nutmeg 3 eggs

      1 13 oz can evaporated milk 1 box yellow cake mix

      3/4 cup butter or margarine

      Combine pumpkin, sugar, and spices. Beat in eggs and milk until smooth. Pour into 13x9x2″ greased baking pan. Sprikle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix ( can add nuts before baking ). Bake at 350 for 55-60 mins. Enjoy!


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        Comment on Thank You Erik!!! (October 23rd, 2012 at 05:56)

        Thank You Erik!!!

        Bless your heart! (oh my, my grandma used to always say that :))
        How did you do that? I tried your search field several times, you are a dear for finding that for me!
        Have a blessed day, by the way, that recipe is easy and you could make it yourself & impress Izabella (sp?)

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          Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 23rd, 2012 at 06:03)

          Thanks Valerie, the search field unfortunately doesn’t scan content from the comments section, just content from the posts themselves. Someone else noted this to me, and now you’ve reminded me about it. Will try to get a fix soon.

          You’re right, it looks easy enough, and there are enough pumpkins about now, so maybe that’s an idea 🙂

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        Comment on Bringing This Recipe Back Out! (October 15th, 2014 at 21:53)

        Bringing This Recipe Back Out!

        It’s that time of the year again, and Erik helped me last year find this recipe posted in 2012. It is so “yummy” and I’m bringing it once again to a home group (this time)
        Just wanted to bring it back so people will see it and better yet, make it!

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          Comment on What do Amish eat? (October 16th, 2014 at 13:41)

          Excellent, Valerie, I wish there were a way to share the actual desserts across social media, but I don’t think we’re there yet 🙂

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    Traci Banville
    Comment on Recipes (November 15th, 2012 at 04:59)


    If you type RECIPES into the search bar on the top right hand corner of the page they are all there. Now I’m hungry.

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    Comment on Food (January 30th, 2013 at 11:58)


    I am going to Lancaster, PA this Spring this is not my first time there. But I am tired of reading signs that the word “Amish” is on their store front when they are not “Amish”. I want to purchase Amish food and desserts plus their homemade products, I am afraid I am not buying “Real” Amish products. Where would I go for thier farmers markets, etc? Where would I go to eat their food? I wanted to stay at an “Amish” B&B this time. I respect their ways and I do not judge their food. No is a perfect cook.

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      Comment on Amish food (June 25th, 2013 at 11:22)

      Amish food

      I too get a little tired of the word “Amish” being used to sell things that obviously are not Amish. As for Amish food.. I was raised Mennonite and a of out traditional food is the same as the Amish… as the Amish broke off of the Mennonites years and years ago. However, when I am in Amish country (about 10 miles from where I live, is a small Amish community) I stop at roadside stands. When I am pulling into a stand that sits squarely in front of an Amish farmhouse with Amish children playing in the yard and Amish young people manning the stand, I am pretty much guaranteed that the food I will be purchasing, is indeed, Amish.

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    Comment on Cookbook with a globe on it (March 19th, 2013 at 20:49)

    Cookbook with a globe on it

    My aunt had cookbook with a globe printed on it, but I can’t remember whether or not it was Amish or Mennonite. I’ve tried to look for anything even remotely close that description and found nothing. It’s very possible that it was Mennonite because there were different recipes from different countries around the world in it. Anybody with any suggestions on what the title is would be greatly appreciated. I also think it might have been a hardcover cookbook.

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      Comment on Cookbook (April 17th, 2014 at 15:05)


      I have the “More With Less” cookbook, which I believe is Mennonite.

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    Comment on Fats aren't bad!! (April 19th, 2013 at 15:54)

    Fats aren't bad!!

    The Amish eat very healthy!!! With the exception of refined sugar.
    I highly recommend y’all look into “nourishing traditions”. American’s have been lied to and as a result our health and the health of our children is in grave danger. We have so much disease and cancer and food allergies thanks to our walking away from traditional food preparation. Every nerve in our bodies (including our brain) is surrounded by fat, it is an essential part of our diet!!!

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    Comment on Recipes (May 7th, 2013 at 07:57)


    Amish food is fresh and tasty. There are many recipe books out there with great recipes. I know an Amish family personally and they created a recipe book that contains over 400 recipes. I baked some chocolate chip chews using one of the recipes and it was delicious. The book also has quilt patterns and the meaning behind the quilt patterns. I really recommend this recipe book. This family is also grandparents of some of the girls that were killed in the Amish school shooting in 2006 and they have included a section as a memorial. Purchase a copy at http://www.amishselections.com/country-lane-quilts-and-family-cooking-amish-recipe-book/

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    Comment on Finally found the cookbook! (May 24th, 2013 at 11:51)

    Finally found the cookbook!

    I finally found the cookbook after what seemed an eternity(just joking!)of searching for it. It’s called Mary Yoder’s East West Cooking.It’s by a Mennonite woman.She sells them on the Internet and her store in Ohio.There are different cooking styles from different places around the world in it.I still can’t believe it’s been 7 years since that happened.I’d say it took a lot of courage to forgive that man and his family for what he did to those families and that community.Good for them to be able to do it,most people wouldn’t be able to forgive like that or that fast either.

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    Kentucky Lady 717
    Comment on What do Amish eat? (April 9th, 2014 at 16:45)

    Hi Erik,

    You mentioned in one of the comments after you posted the pumpkin pie recipe, that you had a special recipe section with 300 plus in the works, did you ever post that and if you did, where can I find it or can you email me a copy ? Thanks Erik

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      Comment on Amish recipes (April 10th, 2014 at 08:10)

      Amish recipes

      If you all don’t mind that I’m not Erik, at this time, Kentucky Lady, you can either scroll to the very end of this page and click on “Amish Recipes” in the banner area or go directly to


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