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Yes, yes we can!
I grew up in a Mennonite* church and potluck Sunday was always my favorite with good reason! We certainly aren’t taught how to cook in church, but it seems like Mennonites are some how blessed with this special skill.
I was instantly impressed when I received a copy of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook Cookbook. The cover is beautiful and the inside doesn’t disapoint either.
Here is what I like about the cookbook:
- Each recipe has a full color photograph!
- Many of the recipes have additional tips or commentary along with the instructions.
- The more “involved” recipes have step by step photos.
- There are several recipes that I remember from growing up, plus lots of new to me dishes also.
- The cookbook was born out of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. As a fellow blogger, I love the from-blog-to-book story. 🙂
Here is what I don’t like about the cookbook:
- The authors are from Russian Mennonite descent. This isn’t a problem, but it does mean that since I am of German Mennonite descent, I didn’t recognize several of the dishes. I wasn’t expecting that.
- As I was reading through the cookbook I could tell that these women don’t have little ones tugging at them while trying to make supper! Several dishes involve doing some things from scratch that I don’t feel like I have time for during this season of my life. For example: I’ll make the quesadillas, but will buy my tortillas instead of making them from stratch.
- This cookbook is going to make me fat!! Waffles with vanilla custard, berry-filled scones, cinnamon buns, coffee cake, and fresh raspberry pie! I want to eat it all right now.
This cookbook would be perfect for the type of person who enjoys flipping through cookbooks like novels. Each contributing lady has a page where she shares her story, there are devotions sprinkled throughout, and the whole thing is just beautiful.
Mennonite Girls Can Cook is like opening up your Grandma’s personal cookbook. It is over flowing with comfort food.
I was lucky enough to have my mother visiting when my copy of the cookbook arrived. Mom decided to put some recipes to the test while she was here. She made the meatloaf and cheesy scalloped potatoes pictured above. They were amazing. Comfort food, folks!
MennoMedia is giving away not one, but two of their books published by their imprint Herald Press! One reader will win their own copy of Mennonite Girls Can Cook Cookbook and Saving the Seasons, another extremely beautiful book with step by step instructions on how to preserve your summer harvest. Saving the Seasons includes recipes and directions on canning, freezing, and drying. It even has a section on making baby food!
UPDATE: Can’t wait to win? MennoMedia is offering Simply Rebekah readers 15% off Mennonite Girls Can Cook and/or Saving the Seasons by entering SIMPREB through October 31, 2011.
To enter to win both books leave me a comment telling me your favorite comfort food.
You may have up to two more entries in the random drawing if you:
- Like the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog or MennoMedia on Facebook and leave me a separate comment telling me which you’ve liked.
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Disclosure: One winner will be chosen by random & notified by email after this giveaway closes on October 23, 2011 at 11:59 PM. Giveaway is open to USA & Canada only. MennoMedia provided me with a copy of Mennonite Girls Can Cook to review and keep. All opinions are my own. If you enjoy reading silly fine print like this then be sure to check out my full disclosure policy.
*Mennonite is a Christian denomination that was started during the Anabaptist movement. That was when adults started to be baptized and “believer baptism” was born. If you have more questions about the Mennonite faith you can contact me.