May 23, 2013

Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations

by Lovella Schellenberg along with Anneliese Friesen, Betty Reimer, Bev Klassen, Charlotte Penner, Ellen Bayles, Judy Wiebe, Julie Klassen, Kathy McLellan, and Marg Barte

Life is a gift from God, so why not celebrate? The bestselling authors of Mennonite Girls Can Cook return with a second course in their new Celebrations cookbook. From mouthwatering mini-muffins and succulent soufflĂ© to campers' stew and lattice-topped grilled apples, the Mennonite Girls share recipes to honor all of life. Filled from cover to cover with devotional reflections, personal stories, and beautiful photos, this book contains much more than recipes—it will soon become your kitchen companion for life's celebrations.

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This beautiful book has earned a permanent place on my coffee table.  I had it lying open for a few days while reviewing it, and when friends have dropped by for a visit, they have been instantly captivated by the incredible recipes, beautiful pictures and the personal stories that are tastefully scattered throughout the book.

It is always hard to pick a favourite, but one that grabbed my attention is on pages 88-89, an awesome recipe for Lemon Shortbread Tarts. I can't wait to try these! Simple ingredients, lots of photos depicting different stages of preparation, and the stunning end results.

As the title suggests, life is full of celebrations. The main sections include the following: Celebrating Birth, Marriage, Family, Outdoors, Community, Hospitality, Milestones, Holidays, and Life. No matter what stage of life ... there is always a reason to get together with friends and family. Any celebration is more memorable with fantastic food, and this book is a great place to find inspiration and some new favourites.

I loved reading the collection of stories and photos that each of the authors/contributors have included. I am excited to add this great recipe book to my personal collection, and am confident it  will be one of my favourites in the years to come.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of MennoMedia and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Herald Press, a publishing imprint of MennoMedia.

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