Monday, May 16, 2011
Mennonite Girls Can Cook, a cookbook review
I want to begin reviewing cookbooks which will help to stretch the food budget and I can't think of any better book to start with than Mennonite Girls Can Cook.
I was thrilled when I found out the ladies of my favorite food blog were writing a cookbook. You know how sometimes you look forward to a book and it turns out to be such a let down? Well, that didn't happen with this cookbook.
It is filled with easy to read heritage recipes as well as recent favorites, beautiful pictures... some of them showing the process of making the dish and many showng what the completed recipe would (or should) look like. Because one of the ladies has celiac disease, there is a nice selection of gluten free recipes.
There is a full page telling the story of each of the ten contributors as well as a selection of their popular Sunday Bread for the Journey writings.
One thing I must tell you regarding the heritage recipes, many are from a Russian-Eastern European background since the Canadian Mennonites (at least part of them) came from this area of the world. I didn't know that! Having said that... there are still lots and lots of great recipes the same as Americans are used to with Mennonite cooking.
As you can see, the instructions and pictures are clear, many of them just right for the beginning cook. However, there are plenty of intermediate recipes and a few containing multiple steps to complete for the experienced cook.
I love to read cookbooks and this one offers spiritual as well as physical food. :)
This book is highly recommended! It is available at Amazon... here. The proceeds the ladies receive are going to a charity which feeds the hungry.