By Kevin Williams
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I've moved a lot over the years and I haven't always done a great job of deciding which items to keep, which items to purge, etc. I regret losing track of some of the early Amish cookbooks in my collection. Amish cookbooks are superb ways to conduct cultural ethnography when it comes to the Plain people. There are a few quicker ways to take the pulse of a particular settlement than through their food. There are Amish settlements that are very locavore centered, others where processed foods (canned soup and Velveeta)reign supreme.
So I was pleased to see this cookbook available on Amazon. I bought a copy,filled in a missing piece of my past. I'm excited to get this book and reconnect with the recipes and since I've been to Rexford, I think I'll be better able to contextualize the recipes.
AMISH COUNTRY COOKING - By the Amish of the West Kootenai, Rexford, Montana community. There are used copies available, a handful of them, so pounce. Click here to order one from Amazon, I got mine used, I think that is all that is left. This book was printed in 1988.
BLUEBERRY JALAPENO JAM: Man, this is tempting to order. If someone could give me some ideas of what I might eat this on, I might order it Crackers? I can't imagine you'd make a PB&J out of this. This is made by Byler's Relish House and all of their products are great, but this one really intrigues me. You can order some here.
PLUM JAM - Now this one looks awesome and you probably would have this as a PB&J. Wow! Click here.
SEA SALT CARAMELS: Man, these look good...sold by a Pennsylvania company. Click here.
PUMPKIN WALNUT CAKE - This is something the Bread Box Bakery in Shipshewana, Indiana sells. All of their items are made from Amish recipes with Amish bakers in the kitchen, I'll order something from them soon to test it out. It's the shipping cost that often causes me to pause. Click here, though, to look...this looks amazing.