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The Mennonite Community Cookbook

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The definitive Mennonite cookbook for decades, first published in 1950. Discover simple, wonderful country cookery from the kitchens of Dutch, German, Swiss and Russian Mennonites across the country. While many recipes cannot be called “low-fat,” this is honest-to-goodness, back-to-the-land cooking that uses none of the processed foods we rely on today.
  • Over 1,000 recipes rescued from old, handwritten cookbooks
  • Recipes have been updated with standard measures and directions
  • Chapters begin with nostalgic recollections and handsome drawings of days gone by
  • Showalter, 6" × 8-1/2", 494 pp.
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THE MENNONITE COMMUNITY COOKBOOK DESCRIPTION
Contents
Introduction
General Information
Definitions of Common Cooking Terms

Chapters
I. Breads
II. Soups
III. Meat and Meat Dishes
IV. Poultry and Fish
V. Cheese, Egg and Casserole Dishes
VI. Vegetables and Vegetable Dishes
VII. Salads and Salad Dressings
VIII. Cakes and Frostings
IX. Cookies
X. Desserts
XI. Pastry, Pies and Tarts
XII. Beverages
XIII. Pickles and Relishes
XIV. Jellies, Jams, Preserves
XV. Candies and Confections
XVI. Miscellaneous
Index

Excerpt from Introduction:

Among the cookbooks on the pantry shelf at home there has always been the little hand-written notebook of recipes. As a child I learned that this blue notebook, which contained a collection of my mother's favorite recipes, was her favorite cookbook.

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Since a cookbook of the favorite recipes of Mennonite families had never been published, I now began to sense that the handwritten recipe books were responsible. I asked to see them wherever I went and was astonished to learn how many of them had been destroyed in recent years. The daughters of today were guilty of pushing them aside in favor of the new, just as I had done one day.

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This collection is a compilation of over 1,100 recipes, chosen from more than 5,000 recipes sent in. They come to you from most of the Mennonite communities in the United States and Canada.

- Mary Emma Showalter, 1950


Customer Reviews of The Mennonite Community Cookbook
Product Rating: 4.7 out of 5.0(6 reviews)
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- 4/14/2013
said: Jim Mullen
"Excellent Quality & Dependability... :)"
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- 12/17/2012
said: Anonymous User
"I remember eating old-time food like this when I was a lad in the 1950's! I will refer to this cookbook again and again, you bet! And it will NOT be loaned to anyone."
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- 2/22/2012
said: Donna Costa
"A great recipe book for people who want to cook with basic staples and not have to buy a bunch of seasonings, etc that they are only going to use for one or two recipes. Its just plain 'ol wholesome food like we eat back home. It's working man's food."
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- 8/2/2011
said: Kathryn
"I love this cookbook! I read it front to back like a book and now I'm going through and marking the ones that I want to make first--which is hard in itself because I want to make them all. All of the recipes that you remember when you were young and some new ones, tool. Even has canning recipes."
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- 12/17/2012
said: Anonymous User
"Great old-time recipes like I remember in rural Pennsylvania in the 1950's. I will probably refer to this cookbook again and again.....and I will loan it to NOBODY!"
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- 3/14/2012
said: Bill Hunt
"Many of the recipes in this book remind me of many of my childhood meals, we were not Mennonite but a lot of our food was very similar. The beef stir fry was made by my mother on occasion and I found this version a lot like hers. Thank you for a well done cookbook."
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