Friday, August 15, 2014

Review: The Amish Baking Cookbook Plainly Delicious Recipes from Oven to Table by Georgia Varozza and Kathleen Kerr


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Building on the success of The Homestyle Amish Kitchen (more than 58,000 copies sold), Georgia Varozza partners with experienced baker Kathleen Kerr to give you a cookbook filled with the foods most associated with the Plain and simple life: baked goods. This delicious collection of more than three hundred classic baking recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, bars, and breads inspires you who love Amish fiction and are drawn to the Plain lifestyle to roll up your sleeves and start baking!
Whether you consider yourself a novice or a veteran in the kitchen, Georgia and Kathleen make it easy to make delicious baking recipes such as Amish Nut Balls and Brown Sugar Pie. Find the perfect recipe to prepare for that large weekend potluck, tonight’s intimate family dinner, or a fun activity with the kids.

MY TAKE:
I'm better at baking than cooking so this book was perfect for me.

In The Amish Baking Cookbook Plainly Delicious Recipes from Oven to Table, readers are treated to dozens of recipes for cakes, cookies, pizza crust, hot dog and hamburger buns, and breads, among others.

This book is absolutely jampacked with recipes, tips and other information. For example, there's a sort of primer on the different types of flour.

The number of recipes is a little bit intimidating, but if you're the type who would rather have a recipe on hand already instead of looking it up on the internet or writing it down from some other source, then this book is for you.

For each type of bread and other baked goods included, there are several recipes included. I'd be surprised if you didn't find at least a couple that you would be interested in. I've already spotted a few I wanted to try, such as bacon and cheddar muffins and snickerdoodles. I also saw one recipe for something that I've never heard of but I don't think I want to try: vinegar pie.

The recipes look relatively easy, with most of the ingredients readily available. I'd peg this as doable for beginner and novice bakers. Expert bakers would have absolutely no problems with any of the recipes.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for the e-ARC. Publication date of The Amish Baking Cookbook Plainly Delicious Recipes from Oven to Table is on September 1, 2014.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are tips for things like how to knead dough.
  2. There are a wide variety of recipes.
  3. The recipes appear to be easy to follow.

THE BAD:

  1. Some may find the amount of recipes intimidating. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Enjoy that special moment when your loved ones' eyes light up with gladness when they see what you have made with your hands and served with your heart. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You like baking.
  2. You want a recipe book that has recipes for breads, pizza crust, cookies, cakes, buns, and many more.
  3. You don't want to look up recipes on the internet and have to write them down or print them out. 

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