WE ARE GLAD YOU STOPPED BY!
Welcome to Amish365.com! I hope you stick around, sign up for the daily recipe-filled emails, and enjoy all that Amish365 has to offer. 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 20 years of those years and I’m very grateful. We’ve definitely had our ups and downs in two decades online, but it’s been a great ride.
JOURNALIST AND AMISH EXPERT
My name is Kevin Williams and I am the creator and editor of the popular syndicated Amish Cook column, authored by 30-year-old Amish mom Gloria Yoder, which appears in approximately 40 newspapers (in its heyday the column appeared in 150 papers from coast to coast).
I created The Amish Cook column when I was an 18-year-old college student by teaming up with Elizabeth Coblentz, an Old Order Amish grandmother. She wrote the column from 1991 – 2002, back when print newspapers were in their full glory still. The first newspaper to subscribe to The Amish Cook was the Quincy, Illinois newspaper and they still carry it to this day. Elizabeth’s daughter, Lovina, took over after Elizabeth’s untimely passing and wrote it from 2002 until 2014 when Gloria Yoder of Flat Rock, Illinois took it over.
FROM MAINE TO MONTANA
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 48-years-old (ack, that can’t be possible!), am married to Rachel, and have a wonderful 7 year-old daughter named Aster and a 4 year 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.
Pulitzer Prize Nominated Journalist
For all my Amish explorations, I consider myself a meat-and-potatoes journalist first. Throughout the 1990s I wrote and reported for some major magazines and newspapers, I stepped away from journalism for a while, but in 2015 launched a comeback and now write for some of the biggest news names out there. I strive to tell stories that are balanced and colorful. And if there’s a big breaking news story in the Midwestern USA, chances are I’m out there covering it. My work covering a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio in the summer of 2019 earned me (and a team of journalists) a Pulitzer Prize-nomination, which was a great honor.
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.