I was a tiny bit disappointed with this book. Not so much with the contents but the presentation. For some reason the lovely cover made me anticipateI was a tiny bit disappointed with this book. Not so much with the contents but the presentation. For some reason the lovely cover made me anticipate tons of color photos of Amish life, farms, kitchens and what not, but all it offered was a black and white photograph at the beginning of each chapter. Other than that the contents is exactly what it says on the cover, recipes and short stories or memories told by various people. Interesting but nothing Earth shattering either.
The recipes are organized in various chapters starting with breakfast recipes then going through the usual vegetables, meats, seafood, pies to a chapter called “this and that”, which consists of some rather “exotic” recipes like for example “Dark chocolate-covered caramels with sea salt” or “Hand-dipped chocolate-covered coconut patties”. This surprised me as I somehow thought that Amish meals would be a little more, um, frugal. Obviously I don’t know a lot about the Amish. Anyway, I quite liked the sound of most of them and will definitely try out a few in the future.
Some of my favourites that I want to try were:
Banana sour cream bread Grilled lime fish fillets Shrimp scampi Busy day cookies and probably every other cookie in the book Lemon sour cream pie
I got quite a lot of nice sounding recipes out of this book but all in all it did not quite meet my expectations....more
I was slightly disappointed with this book. The last vegetarian book in this series had plenty of slow cooker meals, but in this book a lot of the recI was slightly disappointed with this book. The last vegetarian book in this series had plenty of slow cooker meals, but in this book a lot of the recipes were non-crockpot meals and I am not sure how that ties in with the fix-it and forget-it idea.
Right the first recipe is for mushroom manicotti, and, frankly, I do not see the “forget-it” in a meal that calls for cooked manicotti, preparing the stuffing, stuffing the pasta, bake it and then prepare a tomato sauce on the side to serve it with.
So far to me this series represented easy recipes where I could throw the ingredients into the slow cooker and forget about them until the cooker had worked its magic. This concept seems to have been given up now for the sake of “roasting, stir-frying and steaming – all the methods that so highlight vegetables’ star qualities”. Admittedly those recipes sound mouth watering and lovely: Tasty lentil tacos, Polenta with spicy bean sauce, Quinoa with broccoli and hoisin sauce, but they are not what I came for.
I saved some of the slow cooker recipes and am definitely planning on making them soon. The non-crockpot dishes are definitely worth a go as well, just that are not the fix-it and forget-it kind. If you don’t mind that, go for this book....more
This is a no-nonsense book with recipes suitable for a busy life with real life pictures. The recipes are all fairly easy and mostly for the slow cookThis is a no-nonsense book with recipes suitable for a busy life with real life pictures. The recipes are all fairly easy and mostly for the slow cooker. With a few exceptions the instructions are limited to “mix all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 7-8 hours on low”. Can it be any easier? If you love beans and lentils especially, this is a book for you....more
This book is for the absolute beginners. If you have cooked for a family for some time and have something that looks somewhat like a family life thenThis book is for the absolute beginners. If you have cooked for a family for some time and have something that looks somewhat like a family life then you are probably already too advanced for it.
Let’s look at some of the things this book explains:
It describes the situation as it is in a majority of households It describes the advantages of family meals It gives tips on how to accomplish a family dinner It offers tips what kids of all ages can do to help in the kitchen It offers time saving tips It suggests how to organize the pantry It tells you how to construct a shopping list and how to shop It helps you to plan weekly meals It talks about must haves for the kitchen It tells you how to deal with likes and dislikes of kids of all ages It gives you sanity savers for yourself It offers a few recipes & web resources
In fact it tells you many things that the average reasonable person knows. I mean, come on, who doesn’t know that a home cooked meal around the dining table is healthier than having a TV-Dinner lounging on the couch while watching a cartoon? The manifold advantages of a freezer? Check. How to store seasoning? Check. Reading food labels before buying is recommended? Check. Cheaper stuff is in the lowest aisle? Check. Buying in bulk when on sale? Check. Using coupons? Check.
I am not saying that this book is useless. Not at all. If you are a woman who just had her first kid, who has never cooked for more people than two, who only ever defrosted her dinner in the microwave, go ahead and read this book! It is a useful resource for how to organize your kitchen and your family meals. If you are an experienced mother, but still feel you are wasting hours or a fortune in your kitchen, likewise. If those criteria don’t apply, then don’t bother!
The recipes are ok, but nothing too fantastic, the web resources might be useful now, but given the short lives of websites, the list might be outdated in six months. Both could have been left out without any regrets, I am sure....more