PEPPERONI, PLEASE: Amish diets, now moving towards pepperoni, cheese, and burgers -definitely have changed over the years. They've trended towards less homemade food and towards more prepackaged, processed store-bought foods. This culinary change is partly due to changes within Amish culture, such as the shift from a more agrarian lifestyle to one that is centered around working in shops and factories. Some call it the evolution of the "lunch bucket" culture. The other is the intrusion of easy-to-eat fast-food into traditionally Amish areas. Who can blame these Amish on a cold, rainy night for, instead of whipping up a dinner at home, stopping at Wing Street/Pizza Hut here in LaGrange, Indiana? Not exactly health food. And, by the way, homemade Amish food doesn't necessarily qualify as health food (shoofly pie, anyone?). But at least it's scratch ingredients. "Grease-a Hut" doesn't exactly qualify in my opinion.
In other Amish settlements, the Golden Arches have crept perilously close to communities, with Burger King and Wendy's not far behind. Taco Bell doesn't seem to be as popular in Amish communities. Anecdotally, I've noticed pizza being the favorite among the Amish in terms of take-out. This trend towards fast-food in an Amish settlement is most pronounced in the large communities like Holmes County, Ohio and LaGrange, Indiana, less so in Lancaster County's rural areas where there are strict zoning regulations.