From the Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook Review

From the Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook Review

Title: From the Farmhouse Kitchen: *Over 150 Delicious Farm-to-Table Recipes *Simple and Wholesome Ingredients *Authentic Ideas from a Mennonite Kitchen
Author: Dawn Stoltzfus and Carol Falb
Published: March 6, 2018, Harvest House Publishers
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $14.99 Spiral Bound, $14.99 Kindle

From the Farmhouse Kitchen: *Over 150 Delicious Farm-to-Table Recipes *Simple and Wholesome Ingredients *Authentic Ideas from a Mennonite Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus and Carol Falb is a compilation of recipes from a mother and daughter team. The recipes come from their experiences while living on a dairy farm, and most are simple with fresh wholesome ingredients that are generally more healthy to cook with. As is with most cookbooks in this genre, the recipes are simple, and written in a way that is easy to follow and understand.

Even though the ingredients are “wholesome,” this is not a health-food cookbook, which is a nice change from some of the other newly released cookbooks, and the ingredients are widely available. It should be noted that “wholesome” doesn’t always mean good-for-you (remember the Hostess advertisements several years ago where they called the calorie and preservative-laden snacks with absolutely no nutritional value, “wholesome”), but at least fresh ingredients don’t contain all the fake junk and preservatives that are probably not good for us. The recipes don’t call for many convenience products (canned soup, cake mixes, and ready-made ice cream toppings are exceptions), which is a plus, and of course we know that fresh ingredients make better tasting dishes.

Some of the favorite recipes in this cookbook are a delicious Curried Chicken Salad, Orange Drop Cookies, Turtle Cake, Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Yum!), and Ranch Potatoes. There is also a unique recipe for a dessert using snow, called Snow Cream. The book actually features dozens of recipes that will tempt cooks, and most are easy enough for beginners.

Besides recipes, there are vignettes and religious notes that are keeping with the authors’ Mennonite traditions. They are interesting and well-written.

The biggest drawback for this cookbook is that there are no pictures – not even one – of the finished dishes, the Mennonite farm, or the authors. In this modern day and age, this is totally ridiculous, since digital cameras have made it possible for anyone to make photographs. For this reason alone, I have given it only three stars. It would really be nice to see what I’m making and how the finished product is supposed to look.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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