BAM! So exciting!
What? You have no idea why I would be excited about this? Well, let me give you many many reasons:
- I am a Mennonite girl who is supremely lacking in the cooking department.
- Not that I am incapable of cooking, I mean, all cooking is is following a recipe until you know it well enough that you can make stuff from your head instead of the recipe, so a more accurate statement might be that I am disinclined towards cooking.
- Mennonite food is the best.
- One of the recipes is for Butter Soup. I mean, come on. AWESOME.
- The picture of aprons on the cover makes me happy.
- Seeing the word "Mennonite" on the cover of a book, intended in a positive light, makes me happy.
- There is so much delicious food in here! Cheese Cauliflower Soup! Rolled-p Kielke (Noodles)! Tacos with mashed potato filling! More variations of bread and buns than any cookbook realistically needs! The easiest pie crust recipe in the world! Doughnuts!
- Not to mention all the Menno standards that you can tell are authentic with their German names: Blaetter Torte! Apfel Kuchen! Borscht! Bubbat! Holupschi! Kartoffelpuffer! Kielke! Paska! Perishky! Pfefffernuesse! Platz! Portelky! Rollkuchen!Wareneki! Zwieback!
- They specify the use of Rogers Golden Syrup when eating rollkuchen. This is very important. Recently I had my rollkuchen with syrup that was in a Rogers Golden Syrup bottle, but was regular, butter-flavoured syrup. It was the most disappointing rollkuchen experience of my life.
- The authors of this cookbook started off with a blog that got really popular (as so many authors these days - hel-lo, why do you think I'm doing this? Just kidding!) but they aren't capitalizing on their internet fame to get rich - all their profits are going straight to charity. Because Mennonite girls are awesome.
So there you go. Ten reasons why this is the best birthday gift ever.