Homage Cookbook Review

Homage Cookbook Review

Title: Homage: Recipes and Stories from an Amish Soul Food Kitchen
Author: Chris Scott
Published: September 20, 2022, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 272
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover, $13.79 Kindle

Most of us, when we think of Amish cooking, think of simple dishes with simple ingredients that are especially down-to-earth and extra good. Homage: Recipes and Stories from an Amish Soul Food Kitchen is definitely a different take on Amish cooking. Shows a different side of Amish cooking – with soul food roots – which makes the dishes even more exciting. Chef Chris Scott brings a new take on Amish cooking that is unexpected, but amazing.

While the recipes aren’t as simple as most Amish recipes we are used to, Scott makes them exciting. He also makes they much more complicated like curing your own ham and making your own tater tots. He gives alternatives, like using a center-cut ham slice and using store-bought tater tots, but the option is there to turn these Amish soul food recipes into something close to gourmet. Of course those of us who don’t have gobs of time will want to use the easy methods, but it’s nice to have the option there for a day that we might want to stay home and cook all day.

The recipes are written a little different that many of us are used to: a list of ingredients, then notes or memories from the chef, then step-by-step instructions. It doesn’t make it harder to follow (they are actually easy to follow because the instructions are succinct and well-written), but the notes are in the middle of the recipe nonetheless.

The recipes have been spiced up, and take advantage of seasonings you wouldn’t expect in Amish recipes to make them more flavorful and absolutely not boring. The beautiful photographs make it hard to decide which recipe to make next, and make them even more appealing that they sound just reading the recipes.

This is an excellent cookbook with a different look at Amish cooking. It is one that is fun to read and gives readers dozens of possibilities for wonderful meals.

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

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