By Kevin Williams

Welcome to Amish365.com! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you become a regular.  This website has been around in one form or another since the year 2000.  People come and go, but many have stuck around for all 15 years of those years and I’m very grateful.  Hopefully you’ll stick around too!

My name is Kevin Williams and I am the creator and editor of the popular syndicated Amish Cook column, authored by Amish mom Gloria Yoder, which appears in approximately 80 newspapers from coast to coast.  In addition to The Amish Cook, I am also editor of Plain Kansas column which has a growing following online and in print.  I am the author of The Williams Guide to Amish Country and other books about Plain culture.  I created The Amish Cook column when I was an 18-year-old college student.  I teamed up with Elizabeth Coblentz, an Old Order Amish grandmother who wrote the column from 1991 – 2002.  Her daughter took over after Elizabeth’s untimely passing and wrote it until 2014 when Gloria Yoder of Flat Rock, Illinois took it over.

Another fun author featured weekly on Amish365.com is Rosanna Bauman who writes “Just Plain Rosanna.”  Rosanna is a young farmer, writer and teacher who lives in Kansas. She is a member of the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church which shares many similarities to the Amish, but come from a different and more progressive theological tradition than the Amish.

I am also an author and speaker about anything relating to the Plain people. I’ve explored Amish settlements from Maine to Montana, from Texas to Florida. I’ve also spent time with German Baptists and Mennonites (still wanting to visit a Hutterite colony, that’s on my bucket list!). I am 43-years-old (ack, that can’t be possible!), am married to Rachel, and have a wonderful 2 year-old daughter named Aster.

If Guinness kept records of such things, I’ve probably been to more Amish settlements than anyone in the world, exploring communities from Maine to Montana, from Texas to Florida during my 25 years.  That seems like a lofty claim but, really, who else would have reason to go to such a variety of far-flung, remote places?  You can see my entire list of Amish settlements I have visited here.

I am also an occasional reporter for The Washington Post, covering a variety of topics from soft features to hard news.

While Amish365.com focuses on Amish culture and food, I also like to indulge in occasional topics that just interest me whether that be offbeat cultures, favorite TV shows or whatever else is on my mind.

 

 

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44 Comments

  1. Marge

    Kevin, one more comment about the layout of the new site, I really like the recipe corner broke down in different catagories. So much easier to find.
    Thanks again!

    Marge

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  2. Wilma Walker

    Kevin,Love the new website. I have been a fan of the column for many many years. Thank you for keeping it going.

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  3. Susan

    Great new website design! Good job! Look forward to coming back to it many times. Interesting stories and love the recipes. Keep up the good work. Blessings.

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    1. Kevin

      Couldn’t have done it without you, Susan!

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  4. Diane Taylor

    I have just now stumbled onto this site and I must say I am very impressed. I love the format and style of you writing, I am retiring to TN in a few years and have an Amish community near our home there, This will help to educate my husband and myself. We are anxious to make acquaintances for a life time there. Thank you for all that you do!! Respectfully, Diane Taylor

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    1. Kevin

      Welcome, Diane! Are you settling near Ethridge?

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  5. Howard Billig

    Kevin, loved the old site but really like the new format. I’m not Amish but find everything about them so interesting. I really started reading the newspaper column but found your site and prefer reading it here as well as the other offerings of your site. I live in Hanover, PA so I do occasionally interact with a number of mostly Mennonite. We are not far from Lancaster and there are Amish that I have dealt with through the markets and bakeries. I am somewhat a foodie and LOVE the recipes. Keep it up and never stop! I am and will be a long-time follower. Thanks for what you do and share with us. Again, LOVE the new site!

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    1. Kevin

      Thank you so much, Howard, that truly means a ton…hope to see you here a lot!:) (The column by the way, used to appear in the Gettysburg Sun and the Westminster, Maryland paper, so we used to be in your area, but glad you found us online!)

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  6. Ric Dykstra

    Kevin,
    I like your web site about the Amish. I live in an area not far from them and have come to admire their devotion to God!
    I do wish, however, that they would all be permitted to have a phone in their sheds! I was sad to read that the Amish are frequently robbed and even killed because their attackers know they have no phones! Perhaps in this age a stationary phone is a “necessity?” It’s sad to think anyone would want to harm such good people!

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    1. Kevin

      Ric,
      Welcome!! Thanks for stopping by. What Amish settlement are you by? And, yes, that is one of the reasons so many Amish have made a concession to at least having phone access in an outbuilding: for security and safety. There are people who will prey upon the vulnerable Amish and that is sad! – Kevin

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  7. Peggi Fellows

    Hi Kevin,

    So glad to find this website! I picked up both “The Amish Cook’s Baking Book” and “The Amish Cook at Home” at my local library because my son has a second grade social studies assignment on cultures and we picked The Amish. Mainly because I grew up outside Goshen, Indiana, and am very familiar with the culture, and now we live outside Atlanta, Georgia, where most people haven’t experienced interactions with the Amish. As I was reading both books, I came across mentions of the column, “The Amish Cook” and it’s origins and remembered several clippings from it in my mother’s things. (She passed away in May 2011.) It seems that several recipes in both books were eaten in my home too as a child, as many relations on my mother’s side are Mennonite. (I had forgotten all about Dilly Bread and how good it is!) My son and I had fun going through the books reading the recipes (he’s only 7, but already a foodie) and we made Lovina’s “Mystery Biscuits” for dinner tonight.

    Anyway, short story long, I have bookmarked this site and will check often for recipes and links. Thanks for providing the world a link to visit with such a wonderful, warm, generous people.

    Sincerely,
    Peggi Fellows

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    1. Kevin

      Peggi, thanks for visiting the site and glad you found us…hope you come back and hope you enjoyed those mystery biscuits!:)

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  8. Allene Stone

    I have been reading your colume in my news paper for several years way before Lovina’s Mother died I always looked forward to the recipes and the clean life style of the Amish it reminded me of the life style that I was raised up in (atthough I am not Amish)there is an Armish community about here in Kentucky near me where I go to buy bread and other produce.they are the best cabnet maker they built some for my neighbor. Kevin I enjoy your columes, and now that I have computer I am enjoying reading more.Excue my picking as I don’t type (smile) and slow for a 78 year dlod. keep writing and God bless

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    1. Kevin

      You type just fine, Allene, glad to see you here!:) Do you live near Danville, KY?

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  9. Claudette Breen

    After some digging, I was able to come across your site. My sister-in-law use to cut out the recipes from the Lawrenceville Illinois newspaper. I always enjoyed when she would share them with me. She passed a while back and I was wishing for some way to keep the recipes coming……….I found you! Thanks for what you do and thanks to Mrs. Eicher for the cherished recipes!

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    1. Kevin

      Welcome, Claudette, so glad you found us! We were disappointed when the Lawrenceville paper dropped the column.

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  10. Claudette Breen

    Forgot to mention……..my family resides in Sheridan, Indiana so the recipes make their rounds 🙂

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  11. Jacqueline Brown

    I love this site and the receipes.
    My husband prefers basic cooking and this site just suits his fancy.
    What happened to all the receipes in the old site. I am especially interested in the canned cherry pie filling receipes (as well as all the others)

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    1. Kevin

      Hi, Jacqueline..welcome to amishcookonline! I am working on importing the recipes from the old site..so stay tuned and I’ll put up an announcement when they are available.

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  12. matthew haffner

    i get up early ever sunday morning just to make sure i get the paper and check up on the Amish Family. i have wrote down many receipes that she has shared for the last 6 years. i have made alot of the bread receipes and may of my co workers just love them. thanks for all the u guys do.

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    1. Kevin

      Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! And if I had to guess you live near Tiffin, Ohio? I’m trying to think which papers run The Amish Cook on Sundays and Tiffin is the one that comes to mind…thanks for reading the column!

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  13. Theresa

    Kevin, I stumbled upon your website, so glad I did. I was reading the online version from the traverse City paper & then they stopped it. I too have both The Amish Cook at home & The amish Cook’s Baking book plus the 20th anniversary book. Love each & every one of them. I did notice however that Lovina doesn’t have a recipe for Freindship bread. Does she make that or have a recipe for it? I would love to share the one I have from another Amish cookbook I have if she would like it. Please tell her how much I enjoy the books & of course the recipes. Keep up the good work.
    Theresa

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    1. Kevin

      Theresa, thank you for the kind comments…you can read the column here!:) I post it each Monday afternoon. Good idea about posting the friendship bread recipe, Lovina does have one and I’ll post it in the next day or so and you can see how your recipe compares to hers.

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  14. Wanda

    I’m smack dab in the middle of Amish country here in Lancaster County, PA! Just wanted to remind you Kevin, of the Amish Wedding Dinner at Paradise Fire Co. We talked about that on the old site. It’s on March 17 this year, so I’ll be wearing my green for St. Patrick’s Day! It also won’t show if I drip some of the creamed celery on myself 😉 I sure love that stuff!!
    Nice site, is there a place for user submitted photos? I’ll be checking it out more thoroughly when I get some spare time!

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    1. Kevin

      Thanks for the reminder, Wanda!

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  15. Donna Hatch

    Still # 1 in my town.

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  16. Karen Ruppel

    I have read all of the Amish Cooks books. I am so happy to find this site. Now I can read the current columns. I live in Texas now, but as a child I lived with my grand parent in Penn. My mothers family is mennonite and the books take me back to my roots.

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    1. Kevin

      Karen, glad you found us…welcome! – kevin

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  17. Karon Williams

    I truly enjoy all you write about th Amish. I went to school with them when they were here in central Arkansas in the early 60’s, so I feel like this is hearing from home.

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    1. Kevin

      Hi, Karon – Thank you. Where in Arkansas are you? The Amish have made various attempts at inroads into Arkansas and they finally are really establishing some successful settlements now. Would love to hear more about your experiences! – Kevin

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  18. Patti

    My mother just sent me an autographed edition of the Amish Cook Anniversary Edition. I had never heard of the column or book before, but I am now halfway through the book and just love it! I just wondered, Mrs. Coblentz mentions “oatmeal pie” several times, but the recipe is not in this book. Will it be available on this web-site?
    Please let Mrs. Eicher and her family know that these writings always make my day seem brighter.

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  19. trish

    Hi Kevin, this is my first visit and I think it is great. Just wanting to know have you been to the little town of Delano Tenn. There is a little farm there also. Very nice people not sure if they are amish or german baptist. Thank for your site its very helpful.

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  20. Justine

    I have just found your blog and have recently become interested in the Amish community. I love their down to earth recipes and I am wanting to get back to more true home cooking which feeds not only the body but the soul! I see alot of recipes call for lard/shortening and wondering if I can replace with butter? Thank you Kevin from “down under”.Regards Justine.

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    1. Kevin

      Justine, welcome from Down Under!:) Yes, it almost any case you can replace lard with butter in a recipe, they essentially do the same thing. Hope to see you here again! – Kevin

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  21. Mary Griggs

    I read and love the Amish Cook articles that appear in our local Chronicle paper in Inverness, Florida. I have been gone from home over a year and also leave some summers to head north too. I miss reading Lovina’s articles. I have missed articles of what has happened with the children with their medical problems. It seems that I only get to read about them after the fact. Now I read that there was a fire. Gosh that is just awful. I hope that the Eicher family will continue to have the faith and hope to greet each day with a smile.

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  22. Patsy

    Hi Kevin
    I’d checked out The Amish Cook from our local library and absolutely loved it when I noticed your website listed.I had fallen in love with Elizabeth and am sad to hear of her passing, but so very glad I found you. I’ll be a regular follower. Thanks

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    1. Kevin

      Welcome, Patsy!:)

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  23. Jo Fisher

    Kevin ~
    Great site! I have a question! I have been searching for a recipe that came from an Amish family around Nappanee, IN. It is called an Old Fashioned Cream Pie or Sugar Cream Pie. It is white/off white in color and I know you need to stir it halfway through baking time. It is sweet and delicious. Can you help? Thank you for considering this request.

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  24. Anita Jean Doney

    Receiving the Wednesday edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit [hometown newspaper] is the mail delivery we anxiously await because it contains Lovina’s column, we have been “with” the family for years, still marvelling at their amazing way of life. We pray for the health issues of the children to improve. We are many miles from “Punxsy” now, and our family ties take us to Lancaster Co. to indulge in the quiet beauty, and good food , love all of it !

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  25. janet gill

    I have read every word of the amish cook since Elizabeth first published her storys in the paper. I have been reading about the young Elizabeth and her friend Timmy. He appears to be a lot older than her. About how old is he?

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  26. B Dailey

    I’m interested on HOW you came to start visiting these Amish Communities. Like, did you just show up at their door? Curious.

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    1. Kevin

      Hey, B, thanks for stopping by….HOW, now THAT’s a long story that can’t fit into this comment. You can read a bit more about how I started the column here, not the best article in the world but it gives the gist.

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  27. Charmaine Nichols

    I moved to Muncie IN a couple years ago, and one of the things I like about the StarPress is Gloria’s column. I cut from the column a while back a baked chicken recipe with Town House crackers and cream of chicken soup for a church dinner. Now I cannot find it! I was wondering how I can find it on line if possible before October 30th!

    Charmaine Nichols

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    1. Kevin

      Charmaine, welcome to the website and glad you are enjoying Gloria’s column in Muncie! I believe this is the recipe you are seeking. Good luck with it! (if you’d take a photo of it after you make it and send it to me so I can post it on the site, I’d be grateful!)

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