Reading through cookbooks is kind of like a form of therapy for me. I love to browse through recipes and I really love when the author of the recipe comments about those recipes with her thoughts and ideas!
In the Farmer’s Daughter : Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen, I loved how Dawn Stoltzfus pours her heart across each page! She shares her upbringing in the introduction, giving you an idea of what her home looked like and especially her dinner table.
This is a typical cookbook in that it offers recipes in the usual categories : Appetizers, Breakfast & Breads, Dressing & Salads, Summer Sandwiches and Winter Soups, Veggies and Comfort Foods, Main Entrees, Desserts, Cookies, and then DIY items for your home.
What is different about this book is the personal touch you feel on every page, the reasons behind many of the recipes, and where most of them came from. I love that she mentions having a few short-cut types of recipes too, for those busy nights. She encourages the home chef to cook healthy meals filled with love, but she recognizes the need for simplifying at times too.
I love the country feel of this cookbook. We enjoyed sampling several recipes from this book, and are looking forward to several others that inspired us as we poured through the book! The Pizza Dip, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cheese Burger Quiche, and the Sante Fe Soup are just a few of the ones we are sure to have again!!
If you enjoy cooking and want to be inspired to try some new dishes (to you), check out this book, I know that it would be a blessing to you and to the eaters who you cook for!
NOTE : I was offered a copy of A Farmer’s Daughter by Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review.