Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: A Farmer's Daughter

About the Book:
Welcome to the warm and inviting kitchen of Dawn Stoltzfus, a young Mennonite wife and mother who was raised on a dairy farm where simple, wholesome food was a key ingredient of the good life. In A Farmer's Daughter, she opens up her recipe box, wipes away the crumbs and wrinkles from the well-loved recipes, and shares them with cooks and food-lovers everywhere. She offers us over two hundred delicious recipes that reflect the comfort foods she learned to cook from her mother, the same hearty and creative recipes she made and sold at The Farmer's Wife Market.

Along with the simple, wholesome recipes for starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts, readers will find charming stories from Dawn's Mennonite upbringing, tips and tricks for easy meal planning and preparation, and ideas for serving with flair. Anyone who loves to feed their loved ones hearty, wholesome meals will treasure this cookbook.

My Comments:
Usually when I review a cookbook I like to make a recipe or two, so I can let you know how good they are.  Unfortunately, it has been crazy around here lately and I haven't had time to cook except on auto-pilot (making the old stand-bys that I always have the  makings for in the house) or remote control (what I can tell a teen to make over the phone).  The recipes in this book aren't complicated, and if I had everything to make something in the house, my teens surely could follow this cookbook and make something; however that would require planning, and that's been in short supply around here lately.  

In any case, the recipes seem kid-friendly.  Most are made with basic ingredients and there is not an excess of overly packaged stuff in them.  Many of the recipes have variations listed on the page with them and there are some meditations scattered throughout the book.  The book is a bound paperback, but it seems to lay open rather well.  There are no pictures. The Amazon link above will all you to preview some of the recipes in the book.    All in all, I'll give it a B.

Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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