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 45-years-old (ack, that can’t be possible!), am married to Rachel, and have a wonderful 4 year-old daughter named Aster and a 14-month old named, Bea ( I know, late start to the parenting game!)
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.
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.