10 Best Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbooks To Feed Your Soul✨

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. I will guide you through the best Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbooks. Come join me on this journey of taste and discovery.

I love exploring new foods and recipes and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Same Food For Generations

The Pennsylvanian Dutch have a long history of being farmers, so it’s only logical that the majority of the ingredients in their delicious food comes fresh from their own farms. The fresh and hearty taste that comes with every bite is enough reason for you to want more. The Pennsylvania Dutch carefully maintained their culture and recipes from one generation to the next, including soups, beverages, meals, and desserts.

Pennsylvania Dutch food blends the old with the new, employing products from the “modern era” while adopting the traditional culinary techniques of its native area. The cuisine has been refined over many generations and is both nutritious and not overly expensive. Some of their most popular foods are Red Beet Eggs, Schnitz un Knepp, Scrapple or “Pannhaas”, Shoofly Pie, Spaetzle.

After trying some of this delicious food, you’ll want it to be a part of your regular diet. It will satisfy you to the fullest and also significantly improve your health and happiness. Here are the top 10 highly rated Pennsylvania Dutch cookbooks that have been selected for your exploration. They’ll help you learn about Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and introduce you to meals you can easily prepare and enjoy at home.

Here are the Top 10 best Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbooks!


1. Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

The Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook will come in handy if you are trying out Pennsylvania Dutch dishes for the first time. This cookbook contains 200 traditional Amish (Pennsylvania Dutch) delicious and healthy recipes, from main dishes and sides to desserts and snacks.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

I can’t recommend this enough! It has wonderful recipes that are just great home cooking! It was just what I e been looking for!” – pbwbbm (USA) 

Review 📖

This Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook also contains stories of what it looks like to grow up on Amish farmland, using the author’s experiences as a case study. You’ll also learn different kitchen tips from the fantastic cookbook. It also contains colorful pictures and clear texts, making the book interesting for all categories of readers.

About the Author ✍️

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written more than 100 books, translated into four languages.


2. Pennsylvania Dutch Cook Book

Why We Love It ❤️

The author, being a “Pennsylvania Dutchman” himself, grew up in many different kitchens and had access to many varieties of the Pennsylvania Dutch recipes passed down as family secrets from mother to daughter, and he has combined them in the cookbook for all to enjoy. It’s great for those looking for the history of easy and authentic mouthwatering delicacies from Pennsylvania Dutch country.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“II grew up in Pennsylvania and my family is Pennsylvania Dutch. I miss my Mother’s cooking. This cook book is great and shows how my Mom made different dishes.” – Sally welliver (USA)

Review 📖

The Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook contains 358 traditional mouth-watering recipes passed down from one generation to another. These traditional dishes include apple soup, baked bananas, Dutch liver dumplings, spaetzle and braten, walnut shad, Dutch spiced cucumbers, raspberry sago soup, pretzel soup, squab with dumplings Nazareth, shrimp wiggle, Dutch beer eel, sherry sauerkraut, cheese custard, currant cakes, and many fine dumplings, pancakes, soups, and oyster peppers.

About the Author ✍️

Mr. George Frederick, one-time president of the Gourmet Society of New York, was in an unmatched position to record the delights of Dutch cookery. He was also a native Pennsylvania Dutchman, with access to countless kitchens and family cooking secrets.


3. Amish Community Cookbook: Simply Delicious Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Homes

Why We Love It ❤️

This Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook contains 294 delectable, straightforward recipes compiled by genuine Amish chefs throughout the United States and Canada. It is explained with beautiful color pictures that show the Amish life.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Beautiful book with fun recipes. I enjoyed the pictures and side notes throughout the book. Well written with quality recipes. If you can only purchase one Amish cookbook it definitely should be this one.” – Monticellomomma (USA)

Review 📖

This collection of delicious dishes reflects the Pennsylvania Dutch’s deep ties to the homelands and their dependence on natural, fresh ingredients. You’ll learn to make different traditional appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, casseroles, bread, and desserts like a pro. Recipes contained in this cookbook include Apple Dumplings, Baked Corn, Barn Raising Dinner, Bread and Butter Pickles, Brown Butter Noodles, Chicken Pot Pie, Corn Soup With Rivels, Ham and Bean Soup, Pork and Sauerkraut, Red Beet Eggs, Red Velvet Cake, Wet Bottom ShooFly Pie (check out our guide on the Best Pie Cookbooks).

About the Author ✍️

Carole Roth Giagnocavo


4. Amish Baking: Traditional Recipes for Bread, Cookies, Cakes, and Pies

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“There are so many recipes in the book that I will actually make. They are made with ingredients most people commonly have in the house. A great book” – Retail elf (Canada)

Review 📖

This is one of the best Pennsylvania Dutch cookbooks. It includes 100 authentic Amish yeast breads, quick breads, cakes, cookies, bars, pies, and more! The proven recipes in this book are popular in Pennsylvania Dutch country. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll learn to make recipes like Potato Buns, Glazed Doughnuts, Schnitz Pie, Shoofly Pie, Hot Milk Sponge Cake, Molasses Cookies, Oatmeal Whoopie Pies, Whole Wheat Bread, Corn Bread, and more.

About the Author ✍️

Good Books is an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Good Books offers books that uplift, inspire, and instruct in the Christian faith, as well as family-focused cookbooks, country living titles, craft books, Amish fiction, and books that focus on justice and peace-building, among other topics.


5. Amish Christmas Cookbook: Authentic Favorites from Three Generations of Amish Cooks

Why We Love It ❤️

Christmas is a particularly important celebration observed by the Amish, since they are a people whose culture is largely impacted by their religion. There are 100 genuine Amish Christmas recipes in this handbook. Despite being old, these recipes are quite tasty and simple to prepare.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This is a wonderful cookbook. I probably have over 100 cookbooks and this is my favorite. I only need this one for the entire Thanksgiving and Christmas season…” – Anonymous (USA)

Review 📖

In some of the recipes in this Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook, you’ll learn to make in this cookbook are Molasses Cookies, Frosted Cinnamon Rolls, Church Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread, Breakfast Casserole, Baked French Toast, Red Beet Eggs, Christmas Salad, Christmas Cake, “Roasht” or Chicken Filling, Potpie Noodles, Oatmeal Whoopie Pies, and more. You should prepare these meals and serve them to your family throughout the holiday.

About the Authors ✍️

Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. She is the author of several bestselling fiction series and Christmas novels, all set in the Amish world. She lives near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Laura Anne Lapp is the author of Amish Butters, Salsas & Spreads, Amish Canning & Preserving, and An Amish Garden.


6. All Time Favorite Recipes from Pennsylvania Cooks

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

It is Gooseberry Patch. That should be enough to tell you the recipes are great and easy to follow.” – James E. Higgins (USA)

Review 📖

The majority of Pennsylvanians are farmers, hence the ingredients in Pennsylvania dishes are fresh and straight from the farm. This new Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook contains 154 mouth-watering recipes from the Pennsylvania region. The recipes are easy to make and in this cookbook, you’ll also learn time-saving tips to use when preparing your meal. There are varieties of recipes for every meal of the day, plus yummy party treats and delicious desserts. Recipes include burgers, casseroles, salads and more.

About the Author ✍️

Gooseberry Patch was founded in 1984 by Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin, two moms looking for a way to do what they loved and stay home with kids too. 35 years later, they’re best known for their collection of family-friendly, community-style cookbooks.


7. The New Amish Cookbook: A Simple and Tasty Collection of Amish Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

The New Amish Cookbook contains very simple, yet delicious, recipes. The book is printed in full color, and the techniques required to make the recipes are effortless. It’s the perfect introduction to Pennsylvania Dutch cookery.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This is a totally fabulous vegetarian cookbook! I do a lot of cooking, much of it vegetarian, and loved her recipes along with the sense of Italian country life which she gives. One of my favs is her Ricotta/jam almond crostata which I’ve made now 4 times. Huge hit. Everything is delicious.” – B Hobbs (USA)

Review 📖

The recipes in this cookbook include Crispy Chicken Biscuits, Molasses Tart Pudding, Cheese Roll, Sweet and Salty Dumplings Stew, Herbed Tomato Bites, Swiss Breakfast Bake, Crisco Pie Shell, Fruity Bread, Hamburger Casserole, Banana Bread, Sandwich Rolls, Applesauce Chocolate Chip Bread, Vanilla Bread, Classic Amish Bread, Honey Wheat Bread, Oatmeal Pudding, Cinnamon Monthly Bread, Marjoram Crispy Chicken, Classic Vanilla and Apple Tart, Amish Apple Crisp, Blanch Neige Pie, Traditional Amish Bread, Easy Amish Friendship Starter, Alternative 2-Ingredient Amish Starter, and much more. You will want to eat them all!

About the Author ✍️

BookSumo Press is a publisher of unique, easy, and healthy cookbooks. Available in paperback.


8. Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook of Fine Old Recipes

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“The potato salad which uses NO mayonnaise and is sooo good. That is just one of the recipes that I have wanted to make again. Thanks so much for keeping the past alive.!” – M, Lorrain (USA)

Review 📖

This Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook has been in circulation since 1936 and contains old Pennsylvania Dutch recipes that are both delectable and healthy. Not only is this a cookbook, it’s a piece of history. In this cookbook you’ll learn to make appetizers like bread, biscuits, and coffee. You’ll also learn to bake cakes and make icing the Dutch way. You’ll also learn how to make delicious cookies, candies, eggs, fritters, pancakes, meats and other miscellaneous dishes. This Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook has great reviews.

About the Author ✍️

There are many contributors to this cookbook, primarily natives to Pennsylvania Dutch country. Gregory F. Hartswick is listed as a contributor. Avaialble in hardcover.


9. Mennonite Community Cookbook: Favorite Family Recipes

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I am so happy this is finally available on the Kindle. When I was growing up, this cookbook was given to all brides in my extended family. It was a must. The recipes appeal to all who have grown up “dutchie” (Pennsylvania Dutch). I am delighted to have it in this format!” – PAgyrl (USA)

Review 📖

This cookbook contains more than 1,100 recipes that the author collected from Mennonite women across the United States and Canada, who are known for their superb cuisine. The Mennonite Community Cookbook, first published in 1950, has become a beloved fixture in many kitchens. When their own sons and daughters get married, parents who received the cookbook when they were first married make sure to get it for them as well.

About the Author ✍️

Mary Emma Showalter compiled recipes from hundreds of women to compile this extraordinary cookbook.


10. Dutch Oven Cookbook: The Most Versatile Pot For Your Outdoor Cooking

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I have made probably a dozen or more recipes so far and they have all turned out great. Simple and easy to follow directions.” – Paul Jojenvic (USA)

Review 📖

Everybody who enjoys outdoor meals should have this cookbook. It has 350 recipes that are simple to prepare. With this handbook, you have a plethora of mouthwatering dish alternatives to prepare while camping. The Dutch oven requires minimal effort from the user to do its job. In this wonderful cookbook, you’ll find clear instructions for making pizza, chocolate desserts, and a variety of other delectable dishes. Every recipe you try will in fact send you on an expedition where you’ll get to experience the Pennsylvanian Dutch outdoor meal.

About the Author ✍️

Steve Robert Kendall was born in Los Angeles, California in 1968. He is not a chef who wants to impress the public with extremely elaborate and sophisticated dishes. On the contrary, he is a simple person moved by his passion for traditional cuisine and genuine flavors. Steve has been involved in outdoor cooking for over 25 years and is an expert, in particular, in using the Dutch oven.


Final Thoughts

The selected cookbooks contain meals you should enjoy with your friends and loved ones. Apart from the recipes being extra delicious and healthy, the Pennsylvania Dutch are keen on their love for their parents and children’s (check out our guide on the Kids Cookbooks). This affection is palpable in the aroma of their great dishes. Although the majority of the recipes are antique, the pure motive behind each delicacy is always fresh.

I have made probably a dozen or more recipes so far and they have all turned out great. These Pennsylvania Dutch cookbooks will serve as the foundation for your research and culinary exploration. These cookbooks, which provide everything from appetizers to main dishes, have been meticulously chosen to suit everyone’s tastes.

The selected cookbooks offer a wide variety of nutritious, authentic, and delectable dishes made with fresh ingredients. Stop waiting for the chance to enjoy these scrumptious foods; instead, satisfy your cravings now by purchasing one of the recommended cookbooks and start trying out the recipes yourself.


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