Book Review: An Amish Kitchen

by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, and Kelly Long

An Amish Kitchen is a collection of three stories of an Amish community. Each story tells of a different Amish woman in the community and much of the action centers around her work in the kitchen or the house. Admittedly, one of the best parts is the Amish recipe book at the end that includes all recipes made throughout the book.

I chose this book in a hope to learn a little bit more about Amish culture, since honestly I didn’t know much about it before. After reading the book, I researched a little more about Amish literature and then understood that it is actually written with an Amish audience in mind not a general Christian audience. Although, it is also popular among Christian audiences. However, I think my opinion of the book would have been altered had I had that information up front. I was honestly quite disappointed with an Amish Kitchen. It was a very easy ready but stories were slow and had abrupt endings. One of the devices of the book was to use German words such as “Danki” and “gut”. I found that quite distracting, because it was used in some instances and wasn’t used in others for the same word. It was also italicized throughout the book and distracted from the flow. Overall, I wasn’t very happy with the book, I didn’t learn much about Amish culture, and I likely wouldn’t read Amish literature again.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”