At the age of 17, Kevin Williams created The Amish Cook column. He had rather by chance stumbled upon Old Order Amish grandmother and writer, Elizabeth Coblentz. Kevin was a young journalism student at the time and recognized Elizabeth’s potential to captivate a wider audience so he hired her to write a column. She began writing The Amish Cook and Kevin started syndicating it and selling it to newspapers. Within a few years it was seen in over 100 newspapers from coast to coast. All the while, Kevin began exploring Amish and other Plain settlements, writing about them, exploring their culinary customs, and just learning in general about the various differences found among the Amish.
I knew we would have a fairly large crowd….He’s (Williams) a very entertaining young man, and informative.
—Ruth Voss, librarian, Faulkner County Public Library; quoted in the Log Cabin Democrat.
He’s been a featured speaker at many events and a panelist at the prestigious Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Conference.
Kevin has authored or co-authored numerous books about Amish cooking and culture including some fiction.
Using a blend of humor and professorial knowledge, Kevin creates an interactive program that will captivate an audience of any type. Kevin starts his presentation with a brief history of how he began this journey and then turns it over to the audience to ask questions about any aspect of Amish cooking or culture. Kevin has spent time in Amish settlements from Maine to Montana. He’s visited one of the most remote Amish communities: Rexford, Montana while also spending plenty of time in the more populous places like Holmes County, Ohio and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Kevin has been to more different Amish settlements than almost anyone.