Friday, May 29, 2020

Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook: A Collection of Over 200 Recipes for Simple and Hearty Meals, Including Advice and Stories {A Book Review}

**I received a complimentary sample of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Ever feel as famished as a farmer and long for simple country cooking ideas? Find them in this new collection of recipes, tips, and stories from Amish cooks.

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written more than 100 books translated in four languages. With over 11 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at 

Before starting this review, it is important to note that this is based upon a digital sample I received and not the full, physical version. Still, just based upon what I DID receive, this is certainly one that I am going to want to add to my own cookbook collection, as I am sure many of you will as well.

This cookbook, like Wanda E. Brunstetter's previous cookbooks, is much more than just recipes. Inside you will find stories from the farm, interesting cooking and farm tips, and yes, of course delicious recipes. And I love every last bit of it! Growing up, we often had cookbooks from various community groups--- do you know the ones I mean? Each recipe was submitted by different people of the community... and as such, these were tried and true recipes that REAL people, not professional chefs had shared. These often became some of my favorite cookbooks to turn to--- especially for baked goods--- because they truly were ideal for anyone. This cookbook reminds me so much of those.... each recipe from someone new. And the recipes included? Fantastic! They are easy to follow and recreate... and bring you a little taste of on the farm cooking no matter where you are.

Again, receiving only a sample and a digital one at that, my view of the actual layout was a bit limited. From what I could see of the photography, it was absolutely gorgeous--- though my Kindle Paperwhite is black and white only so I can only imagine how all of it looks in full color. (You CAN see a few examples via Amazon too). I am a very visual person and love cookbooks with full color images, so that is certainly a plus. Again, I cannot wait to see the whole thing in color and person as it is intended.

Overall, this is a fantastic cookbook and one that every Wanda E. Brunstetter fan, OR just those who enjoy a good ol' fashioned cookbook, is sure to enjoy! 


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