Thursday, March 23, 2017

Amish Cooking Class: The Seekers Book Review

I put a book on reserve a long time ago at the library because I saw it in the new releases.  I didn't even know if it was part of another series that I read but I knew that I liked the author.  I was excited to find out that this was the first in the series of the cooking books that were running parallel to the quilting books that I had enjoyed. Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers by Wanda E. Brunstetter was the next book in my pile to read and I was excited to get started.

Will Heidi's cooking lessons turn into life lessons for five unlikely students?

Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement?

Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students.

Class members share details of their disappointing lives, work to solve a mystery, and stir some romance into the pot. Soon Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into life lessons as they each share their challenges. . .and their souls are healed one meal at a time. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?

This seems like the perfect book for me because I love cooking and I love Amish fiction so this mixed both together.  If you are looking for some recipes, there are a bunch in the back for all the items that they make in their class.  Most of the recipes weren't something that interested me but I can't say the same about the book.  It was a page turner and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.  Heidi is going through a hard time because she is unable to have a baby and she wants to make a family and home for her husband so she feels like she isn't living up to her potential as an Amish wife.  There is a lot of mixed emotion but she decided that she is going to start a cooking class since she is a great cook and she can teach others Amish cooking styles and recipes so that they can improve their lives and she will be able to do something to contribute to her family.  She meets lots of different people after getting a few people to sign up to take cooking lessons. She is eager to help everyone and make sure that everyone leaves happier then they came into her class.  It was a great story but you have to pick it up to find out what happens for yourself. I hope that you check out this book and others by this author because I think that you will enjoy it as much as I have!!

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