Last week I received a review copy of Mennonite Girls Can Cook and could hardly wait to flip through the pages. But first I had to go to the post office to pick it up.
I should explain that picking things up at the post office is no simple matter. I have to bring photo ID, my marriage license, my updated address, plus the parcel tag all before the office closes. For whatever reason, this is always a process for me and I tend to forget at least one thing.
This time I only had to go home once for my marriage license and then no problem! And I opened the parcel in the car. I was that excited.
Mennonite Girls Can Cook
This is not the first time I’ve come across recipes from Mennonite Girls Can Cook. The recipes on their blog are wonderful (yes this is a blog-to-book success story). And once I made homemade bread using a Mennonite Girls Can Cook recipe. Although I’m not much to look at in the kitchen, I found I could easily understand and follow the recipe directions.
I appreciate the writers’ dedication to baking and cooking with local food largely from scratch. Sure it’s the vogue thing to do these days, but these cooks aren’t motivated by what’s cool. The 10 women who contribute to the cookbook and the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog are bonded by heritage, food, and friendship. Their stories and backgrounds are similar—Mennonite Russian family members who immigrated to North America. They’re dedicated to faith and traditional cooking, and all have a penchant for blogging about food.
But back to the review.
Upon first flipping through the glossy pages of this beautiful book my stomach growled in anticipation. These are good-looking recipes!
There are meal suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and (of course) dessert. And I’m very excited to attempt from-scratch items such as kielke (pasta noodles), tortilla shells, and wareneki (I think these are perogies!).
What sets this book apart from others is there are personal tips and insights from each of the 10 contributors. When you read through this book you feel almost like you’re in their kitchens, becoming a part of their precious traditions. It’s like they’re letting you into their special club, one filled with values like faith, hospitality, and friendship. It’s the kind of club you want to be in.
My one complaint is there is no recipe for slow cookers. But once my confidence is up for translating from stove top to slow cooker that shouldn’t be a problem. And there are plenty of slow cooker recipes to choose from on their blog. So I’m still a very satisfied cook.
Now you’ll have to excuse me, the picture of Blueberry Crumble Muffins is making my stomach growl again—off to the kitchen!