Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mennonite Girls Can Cook: Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Growing up in an Italian and German (specifically Mennonite) home, there was never any shortage of food in my family's home and family get-together's always had tons of food too. As a young adult, I really had no interest in cooking, even when first married. However, since having children and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have embraced cooking and baking, and love trying new recipes.


In the last couple of years, I have started trying out more recipes that relate to my cultural background. Particularly my Mennonite heritage. Growing up my mom had the Treasury of Mennonite Recipes and I remember her using it so much that it was tattered and pages stained over the years. I was fortunate enough to receive an updated version of it for a wedding gift and have used it a few times over the years. One problem I have found with it though was the quantities the recipes made were huge and also pretty time consuming. Since then I have been on the hunt for mennonite recipes that were easy and easy to adapt to make Diabetes and Kid-Friendly.


About a year ago, I was introduced to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook Blog and I have been a regularly user of their recipes ever since. I am very excited to tell you that they now have a hardcover book by the same name.




About The Book:


Mennonite Girls Can Cook is a blog about recipes, hospitality, relationships, encouragement and helping the hungry—and now it's a book, too!
Like the blog, Mennonite Girls Can Cook—the book—will be more than just recipes. It will be about hospitality, versus entertaining; about blessing, versus impressing. It will be about taking God's Bounty, and co-creating the goodness from God's creation into something that can bless family and friends, and help sustain health and energy.
Click here to read an interview with blog founder Lovella Schellenberg about the origin and goals of Mennonite Girls Can Cook.



"No matter which way you look at it, wonderful things happen when people are given the opportunity to gather around the table—a chance to nurture and build relationships, fellowship and encourage one another and create a place of refuge for those who have had a stressful day."
—Charlotte Penner, Mennonite Girls Can Cook


My Review:
I love this cookbook!  With over 100 recipes, I will be cooking fantastic sounding recipes for a long time to come! It includes traditional recipes for Paska, Blaetter Torte (Napoleon Torte), Peppermint Cookies, Bubbat (bread) with Farmer Sausage and Wareneki! Each recipe has fantastic, full color photos of each recipe, including step by step photos. This is perfect for a visual learner like myself.


I have had the opportunity to make a few of the recipes from the  Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog and was very excited to see one in particular in the cookbook. I grew up eating my Oma's (and mom's) Peppermint Cookies and decided to give it an honest try at making them this past Christmas. The recipe is super easy to follow and the cookies were a HUGE hit! 


I have gone through the cookbook and made a list of the recipes I would like to try and I think I have written down almost all of them. Pretty ambitious of me I know, but I love the challenge and since I have tried a few already with great success, I am confident the other recipes will be just as easy.


Also included in the book are selections entitled "Bread For The Journey". These selections are little devotional style writings, written by each of the ladies that have contributed to Mennonite Girls Can Cook. They are lovely, inspirational writings and can also be found on the blog.


One thing that I am very impressed about both the blog and the cookbook is the inclusion of Gluten Free adaptations to many of the recipes. This is a fantastic resource for foods that typically are not seen as suitable for those who require a gluten free diet. Growing up with a Mennonite Heritage I can attest to the fact that there is nothing low-fat or diabetic friendly about most Mennonite cooking, but I have been able to successfully adapt a few of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook recipes to suit my Diabetic dietary needs. Even the Peppermint Cookies turned out great subbing Splenda for sugar! I would love to see the ladies address other dietary needs on the blog, particularly Diabetes in the future!


There is a great glossary of terms, and explanation of the importance of a gluten free diet in relationship to Celiac's Disease, as well as short biographies of each of the authors included in Mennonite Girls Can Cook Cookbook.


If you are looking for a gift idea for the food lover in your life, particularly those of a Mennonite Heritage, I highly recommend the Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbook. 


BUY IT: You can purchase the Mennonite Girls Can Cook Cookbook online through Herald Press for $24.99 - It is also available at these locations.


WIN IT:
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copy
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Mennonite Girls Can Cook 
Cookbook

MANDATORY ENTRY: Head over to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog and tell me one recipe you would love to try or have tried


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GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S OR CANADA ONLY


GIVEAWAY ENDS MAY 30, 2011


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!


***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Herald Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


69 comments:

  1. Strawberry rubarb jam would be a delight to make. My mom used to make it, delicious.

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  6. I have tried their chicken noodle soup recipe.

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  11. This looks great! I love the fact that there are gluten free recipes as well. I would love to try the recipe, Lemon pie by the yard. Thanks for sharing this site.

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  12. I would like to bake more bread, particularly I would like to try the french bread recipe.

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  18. I've been using recipes from that blog for a long time and one of my favourites is the Chicken or Turkey Stock and Soup from January 5, 2009. They have the BEST recipes in that blog!!
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  51. I SO want to make the cream puff dessert! My Mom made it a while a go and said it was incredible :o) mmmmmmmm

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  52. I would pretty much love to make everything on that site...mmmmm.... the cheese and dill bread in particular looks delicious. Yum!

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  57. I would love to try the swiss steak

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  58. I would love to try the spaetzler (not sure if thats how to spell it, it's a home made noodle)

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  60. Today I was at a presentation by 2 of the co-authors of this fabulous cookbook at central community church. I was so impressed with the emphasis on being prepared for hospitality so I would like to try the "Berry crumble or apple crumble crisp" which you can have the topping mix made except the butter, and the fruit in the freezer. However I learned a huge lesson in hospitality today. A doorprize of a book was given to someone with a yellow dot under their chair. I would have been in that chair except some friends asked me to move and sit with them. I think God was telling me to be more hospital at this woman's group with those I do not know and I should have stayed in my original place. You never know their story.

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  61. Paska - most definitely :) My mom's friend made me some this Easter when we visited - but I really need to learn to make it myself :)

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  62. I would like to try Chicken Danielle
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