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This superb collection of dessert recipes—from bestselling author of Amish fiction Wanda E. Brunstetter—will transport your taste buds to the slow lane, where life is meant to be savored and appreciated. You’ll be delighted with this wunderbaar gut (wonderful good) volume, as you open your heart (and kitchen) to the delicious desserts and simple ways of the Plain People.  


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This superb collection of dessert recipes—from bestselling author of Amish fiction Wanda E. Brunstetter—will transport your taste buds to the slow lane, where life is meant to be savored and appreciated. You’ll be delighted with this wunderbaar gut (wonderful good) volume, as you open your heart (and kitchen) to the delicious desserts and simple ways of the Plain People.  

30 review for Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ana Mardoll

    Amish Friends Cookbook Desserts / 978-1616262921 There's nothing really wrong with this book, but there's also nothing really right. There are almost no pictures for the recipes, and it's not clear whether these even *are* pictures of the recipes or just generic stock photos of "apple pie", "pumpkin pie", etc. The recipes are short and sweet--about the size of a recipe card, which is convenient for storage but not if you want any kind of in-depth instructions. But if you're an advanced chef, I fe Amish Friends Cookbook Desserts / 978-1616262921 There's nothing really wrong with this book, but there's also nothing really right. There are almost no pictures for the recipes, and it's not clear whether these even *are* pictures of the recipes or just generic stock photos of "apple pie", "pumpkin pie", etc. The recipes are short and sweet--about the size of a recipe card, which is convenient for storage but not if you want any kind of in-depth instructions. But if you're an advanced chef, I feel like you already know about these recipes; there's very little in the way of variety or invention. If you have even a single church cookbook from the past 30 years, you have most of these recipes already. If you don't, then I guess this is a decent collection? But don't expect instructions or pictures to help you out. NOTE: This review is based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through NetGalley. ~ Ana Mardoll

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    While this post will be published June 1, I actually wrote it the Saturday after Easter--the publisher doesn't like reviews coming out too long before the publication date. In any case, I went to Weight Watchers this morning, and, for the first time since January, had a weight gain. One reason I'm sure is that I made a version of one of the recipes in this book (though I did lighten it up with fat-free Cool Whip and fat-free cream cheese). The other reasons I'm sure had to do with jelly beans an While this post will be published June 1, I actually wrote it the Saturday after Easter--the publisher doesn't like reviews coming out too long before the publication date. In any case, I went to Weight Watchers this morning, and, for the first time since January, had a weight gain. One reason I'm sure is that I made a version of one of the recipes in this book (though I did lighten it up with fat-free Cool Whip and fat-free cream cheese). The other reasons I'm sure had to do with jelly beans and creame eggs. Oh, well, if I can't eat dessert, at least I can read about it, right? I read somewhere that the Amish have one of the highest calorie diets of any ethnic group. If these desserts are a normal part of life, I believe it. They sound wonderful--full of chocolate, butter, nuts, sugar, and "modern" inventions like Cool Whip and Jello. Actually, I've seen most of the recipes before in church and school cookbooks. They are generally easy to make and use ingredients most people who cook or bake regularly would have in the house.The No-Cook Fudge uses cream cheese, powdered sugar and unsweetened chocolate to make a sweet treat. Do you prefer cake to candy? The chocolate chip date nut cake my mom used to make is here. The book contains a few "Amish life" photos and some photos of the food, but it isn't a cookbook that illustrates most of the recipes with a photo of the food. Each recipe is followed by a "Food for Thought". One is "Many hands make work seem lighter, especially if they are proficiently skilled hands." Also, Wanda Brunstetter gives credit after each recipe to the person who gave it to her. While anyone who has a selection of church/school/community cookbooks will probably have most of these recipes already, a new cook, particularly one interested in the Amish, should enjoy preparing and serving these treats. Grade: B. I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Love cookbooks. What makes this one different from others are the personal antedotes included in each section. My goal with any cookbook is to find several recipes that I loved.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    fun. can't wait to try something. fun. can't wait to try something.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I've spent a little time in the San Luis Valley Amish neighborhood visiting their bakery and grocery store. Although Amish cooking does tend towards what they can produce themselves, they haven't managed to stay as pure as we outsiders like to think. They do use pop (soda pop), MSG, and other additives that natural & organic foodies would steer clear of. Basically, the Amish are a faction of American Puritans who never changed over the centuries. You don't look to the Amish for culinary genius o I've spent a little time in the San Luis Valley Amish neighborhood visiting their bakery and grocery store. Although Amish cooking does tend towards what they can produce themselves, they haven't managed to stay as pure as we outsiders like to think. They do use pop (soda pop), MSG, and other additives that natural & organic foodies would steer clear of. Basically, the Amish are a faction of American Puritans who never changed over the centuries. You don't look to the Amish for culinary genius or innovative design; you look to them for traditional and simple. They aren't activists for pure ingredients; they use what's in front of them. So, there aren't really any secret & special Amish recipes - they're the ones we already know and love and can find in any cookbook. You could replace "Amish" with "American." This book is fun and cute, but no recipes I couldn't already find in one of my many Junior League books or online for that matter. I'm letting this one go to charity for someone else to love. You may enjoy this book if you're looking to build your collection of dessert books and don't already have many, or if you love all things Amish, or if you need a token "hometown America" cookbook with simple potluck dessert recipes. If you're wondering whether or not to purchase it, I would go online and compare a few recipes. My guess is they're the same as what Allrecipes or Food Network offer. I do understand the lure of the cookbook, however, the more my cookbook shelves shrink, the more discerning I become. (Also good to note: many of the Amazon reviews give 5 star reviews while stating, "Can't wait to try these recipes." A couple reviewers disclosed that the book was given to them for free. Stay curious when looking solely at star ratings.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Carlson

    Wanda E Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook Desserts by WandaBrunstetter This book is a delicious collection of delectable, tastysounding, homemade desserts worth making. They are collected by Amish friends of Wanda Brunstetter's,the author. I wrote down several recipesto put in my recipe book as keepers! Iwant to try these out for myself. Thedesserts in this cookbook are an assortment of goodies you can make with ingredients/staplesyou probably already have in your cupboards. This is an excell Wanda E Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook Desserts by WandaBrunstetter This book is a delicious collection of delectable, tastysounding, homemade desserts worth making. They are collected by Amish friends of Wanda Brunstetter's,the author. I wrote down several recipesto put in my recipe book as keepers! Iwant to try these out for myself. Thedesserts in this cookbook are an assortment of goodies you can make with ingredients/staplesyou probably already have in your cupboards. This is an excellent cookbook to keep in your cookbook library. You will not want to lend this book out toyour friends or family because you may not get it back! This book was provided to me for review byNetGalley in exchange for a review, in my opinion, either negative orpositive. This is a positive 5 starbook! This book was provided to me by Barbour Publishing through Net Galley, through their Book Reviewer's Program in exchange to read and write a review of my opinion, either positive or negative. I was not reimbursed ANY monies in order to do so, only to get the pure enjoyment of reading this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa... Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Reading

    This is my first experience with the Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbooks. There are some great recipes here, even though some of them don't seem especially Amish. Take the Granny Smith Apple Dessert: it has Mountain Dew in it! This challenges my expectations of authentic Amish food! The recipe directions are clear (with the exception of whether the recipe calls for salted butter or unsalted butter) and user-friendly. There are no calorie listings, serving sizes, or anything like that This is my first experience with the Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbooks. There are some great recipes here, even though some of them don't seem especially Amish. Take the Granny Smith Apple Dessert: it has Mountain Dew in it! This challenges my expectations of authentic Amish food! The recipe directions are clear (with the exception of whether the recipe calls for salted butter or unsalted butter) and user-friendly. There are no calorie listings, serving sizes, or anything like that - these are plain Jane recipes like Grandma might have made (well, minus the Mountain Dew ingredients). There is no attempt at low-fat, but hey, it's a dessert cookbook. Overall, the book reminds me of The Pioneer Cookbook by Ree Drummond, but not quite as charming. One point that hopefully is fixed before this book goes to print: there are some full color photos of the Amish community as well as food items, but some of the photos have a big "istockphoto" label or are extremely pixelated. Even with the photo difficulties, this cookbook is a winner. I can't wait to hit the kitchen!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I'm not really sure what our complete curiosity that comes with anything Amish for those of us who aren't, but I was really looking forward to some great old timey desserts when I opened this book. Inside I found quite a few standard dessert recipes, several of them had margarine in them, which was surprising (don't the Amish churn their own butter?). The inclusion of margarine made me cringe, but I thought that perhaps there would be some really exceptional rarities found within the pages of thi I'm not really sure what our complete curiosity that comes with anything Amish for those of us who aren't, but I was really looking forward to some great old timey desserts when I opened this book. Inside I found quite a few standard dessert recipes, several of them had margarine in them, which was surprising (don't the Amish churn their own butter?). The inclusion of margarine made me cringe, but I thought that perhaps there would be some really exceptional rarities found within the pages of this cookbook. It's a perfectly nice cookbook, with some lovely photos of Amish life, but in the end there just aren't enough recipes that were interesting enough for me to make a place for this one on my shelves. This would be a good first dessert cookbook for someone. *** = glad I read it. ARC provided by NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I felt the best way to review a cookbook was to test the recipes. I made the Apple Dapple Cake and Key Lime Pie. Both recipes took very few ingredients and they were both easy to make. Very little time was needed in the preparation. We belong to a home church and each Sunday we have a potluck after the service. We made these desserts for that potluck. I was afraid the cake would not make it there. It is one of those foods that is easy to slice an inch off a time and eat. And the family was doing a goo I felt the best way to review a cookbook was to test the recipes. I made the Apple Dapple Cake and Key Lime Pie. Both recipes took very few ingredients and they were both easy to make. Very little time was needed in the preparation. We belong to a home church and each Sunday we have a potluck after the service. We made these desserts for that potluck. I was afraid the cake would not make it there. It is one of those foods that is easy to slice an inch off a time and eat. And the family was doing a good job at eating it. Both desserts were enjoyed. This cookbook is filled with many more delicious sounding desserts. There are also some beautiful color pictures of the country side and of the desserts.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    What a delightful accompaniment to Wanda Brunstetter's wonderful books about the Amish...Wunderbar Gut Desserts From The Heart of Amish Country! This cookbook is beautifully illustrated with photographs of the Amish life as well as mouthwatering pictures of the desserts. Mmmm...Shoofly Pie, Apple Pandowdy, Magic Cobbler, Strawberry Divinity...the list of delicious Amish desserts goes on and on. The book contains the following chapters: Cakes Candy Cookies and Bars Ice Cream, Toppings and Frozen D What a delightful accompaniment to Wanda Brunstetter's wonderful books about the Amish...Wunderbar Gut Desserts From The Heart of Amish Country! This cookbook is beautifully illustrated with photographs of the Amish life as well as mouthwatering pictures of the desserts. Mmmm...Shoofly Pie, Apple Pandowdy, Magic Cobbler, Strawberry Divinity...the list of delicious Amish desserts goes on and on. The book contains the following chapters: Cakes Candy Cookies and Bars Ice Cream, Toppings and Frozen Desserts Pies Puddings and Cobblers Other Desserts What a wonderful cookbook to add to your collection. The recipes are all very straightforward and sound absolutely delicious!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gail Welborn

    Wanda E, Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts, Daymaker, 2011, 160 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1616262921, $16.99 In the weeks before the holidays I look for and experiment with new recipes. Successful easy-to-make recipes (that everyone wants more of) are then added to my “keeper” file and become part of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Best-selling author, Wanda Brunstetter’s new Amish dessert cookbook, with lavish photographs of mouth-watering recipes, thoughts, quotes and colorf Wanda E, Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts, Daymaker, 2011, 160 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1616262921, $16.99 In the weeks before the holidays I look for and experiment with new recipes. Successful easy-to-make recipes (that everyone wants more of) are then added to my “keeper” file and become part of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Best-selling author, Wanda Brunstetter’s new Amish dessert cookbook, with lavish photographs of mouth-watering recipes, thoughts, quotes and colorful snapshots of Amish life, scattered throughout caught my attention…Full Review: http://tinyurl.com/7r8ljdh

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marathon County Public Library

    As I paged through this book, I found dozens of recipes that I want to try. Cake, cookies, candy, pudding, pies, cobblers, bars and ice cream recipes are featured with easy-to-read instructions and ingredients you have on your kitchen shelves. The color pictures are a perfect accompaniment. "Wunderbar Gut."Paula L. / Marathon County Public Library Find this book in our library catalog. As I paged through this book, I found dozens of recipes that I want to try. Cake, cookies, candy, pudding, pies, cobblers, bars and ice cream recipes are featured with easy-to-read instructions and ingredients you have on your kitchen shelves. The color pictures are a perfect accompaniment. "Wunderbar Gut."Paula L. / Marathon County Public Library Find this book in our library catalog.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I enjoy looking at this book over and over. The recipes are wonderful, and the enticing pictures are great...and mouth watering! Love the beginning of the book with the short story about the Amish and Mennonite History. As it says in the book "Wunderbaar Gut (Wonderful Good) Desserts from the Heart of Amish Country!" There are collections of Cakes, Candy, Cookies & Bars, Ice Cream, Toppings & Frozen Desserts, Pies, Puddings & Cobblers, and Other Desserts. There are so very many wonderful things you I enjoy looking at this book over and over. The recipes are wonderful, and the enticing pictures are great...and mouth watering! Love the beginning of the book with the short story about the Amish and Mennonite History. As it says in the book "Wunderbaar Gut (Wonderful Good) Desserts from the Heart of Amish Country!" There are collections of Cakes, Candy, Cookies & Bars, Ice Cream, Toppings & Frozen Desserts, Pies, Puddings & Cobblers, and Other Desserts. There are so very many wonderful things you can make from this book which have all been submitted by the Plain Community. I was provided with a copy of this book by the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I just reviewed Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts and enjoyed it very much. There are many recipes I am anxious to try and I loved the pictures of some of the food and also of the amish ways, traditions, etc. I probably would have liked a few more pictures but the ones that were there were very well done. Off to try to make the Oatmeal Cake now. I just reviewed Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts and enjoyed it very much. There are many recipes I am anxious to try and I loved the pictures of some of the food and also of the amish ways, traditions, etc. I probably would have liked a few more pictures but the ones that were there were very well done. Off to try to make the Oatmeal Cake now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sallee

    I enjoyed this cookbook as it was full of information on the different Amish communities and the recipes were simple and sounded delicious. I know I will enjoy making some of these and sharing them with my family.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Schillemore

    Great recipes for both classic and fun recipes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    This is a good book of recipes but many aren't as "Amish" as the ones in the The Amish Cook's books. But still, there are some good ones. This is a good book of recipes but many aren't as "Amish" as the ones in the The Amish Cook's books. But still, there are some good ones.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Lewis

    Great recipes to fix.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Some different recipes, but not as exciting as the review made me think.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle L. Stratford

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Myers

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jody

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Naugle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marian

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela Zdan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Bond

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hockman

  29. 4 out of 5

    ruth horenziak

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

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