Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Amish Family Cookbook by Jerry & Tina Eicher, c2012

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (October 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.***


Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Tina Eicher was born and married in the Amish faith, surrounded by a mother and sisters who were great Amish cooks. At fellowship meals and family gatherings, Tina’s dishes receive high praise and usually return empty. She and her husband, Jerry Eicher, author of several bestselling Amish fiction titles, are the parents of four children and live in Virginia.

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From bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 350,000 books sold) and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen, complete with recipes, Amish proverbs, and a dash of Amish humor. Readers will laugh, pray, and eat robustly with The Amish Family Cookbook at their side.

Product Details:
List Price: $ 14.99
Spiral-bound: 272 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (October 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736943773
ISBN-13: 978-0736943772


You will not want to miss this luscious what-real-people-eat cookbook; all 271 pages! Wonderful Index in back in categories. Here are the Contents: A word from Tina Eicher (a cute quote added below); Appetizers and Beverages; Breakfast; Cakes; Candies (welcomed Christmas gifts); Cookies and Bars; Desserts (a Cream Puff Dessert looks awesome!!, cobblers, crisps, apple dumplings); Grilling (meats, chicken, fish, potatoes, veggies, rubs, sauces, grill how-to's); Main Dishes (bake and top of stove, deep-dish pizza, steak fajitas); Pies; Quick Breads; Salads and Gelatin Salads; Soups and Sandwiches; Vegetables and Side Dishes; Yeast Breads; Index. (Too many to mention!)

book title front

Creamy Chocolate Cupcakes
This cookbook has quite a few recipes in the baking sections with chocolate in them. I do not like chocolate or chocolate chips but my family loves them. It's rather handy that way, because I'm not tempted to eat so much. --Tina Eicher
"For years, Tina thought she couldn't cook. But by using her own touch to tweak recipes and come up with new combinations, Tina's confidence grew. Soon her family and the people at fellowship meals were enjoying her tasty dishes. Tina has gathered the best of those recipes from her heritage and her personal experience for this cookbook." --Jerry Eicher
    From the home of bestselling author Jerry Eicher and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen, complete with….

Amish recipes:
Hannah Byler’s Pecan Pie
Beat on low speed slightly or with hand beater:
3 eggs 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 cup light corn syrup
½ t. salt 2/3 cup sugar
Stir in: 1 cup pecan halves.
Pour into: 1 pie crust
Bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes.

Amish proverbs: It takes seven to cook for to make a really happy wife.

and Amish humor:
The Englisha visitor suffered through a three-hour Amish wedding service, sitting on the hard backless church bench.
“Why does it take so long to tie the knot?” he asked afterward.
“Well,” the bishop said, stroking his long white beard. “So that it takes ‘em a lifetime to untie it.”

Readers will laugh, pray, and eat robustly with
The Amish Family Cookbook at their side.
Amish Whoopie Pies

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There are places on the margins to write notes along the sides. In the bread section there are recipes for bread sticks, golden crescents, donuts, and white, wheat, brown, and oatmeal breads. In the Main Dish section you will find many homemade recipes for restaurant choices you would pick. Really a nice cookbook. One recipe my husband and I especially like is Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits. I like them warmed in the toaster if there are leftovers. Goes good with homemade soup I make and keep in the freezer for last minute suppers.
Here are the ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup milk

Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in cheese and milk just until moistened. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

The wire-binding is nice and lays flat open, with a durable cover. Here is the description on the back of the cookbook: Gather Round the Table ~*~ From the table of bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 400,000 books sold) and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen. From the family dinner table to the largest potluck, you'll find comfort in such wholesome and hearty dishes as... Baked Blueberry and Peach Oatmeal; Mamm's Dinner Rolls; Cheesy Potato Soup; Amish Upside-Down Berry Cake; Pumpkin Cream Cupcakes. Complete with recipes from Jerry's beloved novels, Amish wisdom, and humor from the Plain people, you'll be sure to laugh, pray, and eat robustly with The Amish Family Cookbook at your side.

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