Monday, May 2, 2011

Giveaway! - Mennonite Girls Can Cook

Usually on Mondays I've been sharing updates on our house addition. But busy schedules meant very little house progress this past week. Ed did work on more brick laying on the chimney and has it about high enough to need scaffolding.

And I have a new cookbook to talk about today instead!

What happens when ten great cooks get together to blog about food? If you are a reader of the blog Mennonite Girls Can Cook - you know it means lots of good recipes!

Mennonite Girls Can Cook

Today these ten women released a cookbook based on the great recipes from their blog - plus a few new ones. Like the blog, stories from their Russian Mennonite heritage and inspiration from God's Word are interspersed throughout the recipes.

The publisher sent me a review copy of Mennonite Girls Can Cook and I wasn't disappointed. My favorite part of the book is the photos. Every recipe includes a photo and recipes with numerous steps have detailed step-by-step photos.

I find it interesting that though I grew up with a Mennonite cooking heritage, these recipes are much different, coming from a Canadian Russian Mennonite background instead of the Pennsylvania Dutch cooking I'm accustomed to. Some of the recipes are for complicated "special occasion" meals but many are simple recipes with basic ingredients that the author's grandmothers made in the hard days when food was scarce.

One of the authors has Celiacs and numerous gluten free recipes are included. Though we enjoy gluten at my house, there is so many on a gluten free diet now that I appreciate having some recipe ideas.

I rate a cookbook by how many times I say "I have to make that" and this one won top honors! The publisher generously supplied a copy of Mennonite Girls Can Cook to give to one of you. If you like a chance of winning this cookbook, leave a comment with a way to contact you.

You can also purchase Mennonite Girls Can Cook through Amazon or  Herald Press. All author royalties are going to feed hungry children. For the first year the funds are going to Ukraine to the Good Shepherd Shelter.

If you are looking for more Mennonite cooking, I love the Mennonite Country Style Recipes, More With Less, and Kay's Country Cookin' though none of these three cookbooks are the visual treat of Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

Leave a comment to win your own copy of Mennonite Girls Can Cook. Giveaway will be open for one week and a winner will be chosen through Random.org.

97 comments :

  1. That sounds like a wonderful cookbook! More with Less got read until it just about fell apart when I was first married.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

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  2. I love to try cookbooks. I need all the inspiration I can get with daily meals! lindastoltzfus at gmail dot com

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  3. sounds awesome! i love to have a copy of this cook book. rebekahmartin1980@gmail.com
    a blessed Monday to you Gina!

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  4. Hello, I've been a reader of your blog and has enjoyed your Mennonite recipes immensely. I would love a copy of the cookbook! God bless,
    Carissa Rasouli

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  5. I love cookbooks like that. I'll finally appear on your blog for a chance to win this book :) Teresa E.

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  6. Your blog always is interesting. Trying different recipes is fun! lhilty1@comcast.net

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  7. I've been reading your blog since January and really enjoy all the recipes and good ideas. Would love to have a copy of this cookbook. Thanks!

    Kathie in SC
    cknappier@bellsouth.net

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  8. This sounds like a wonderful cookbook! I'm always on the lookout for great cookbooks that have 'real' recipes for my family. I've never heard of their blog before either, but I'm on my way over there to check it out.

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  9. Sounds good. I will have to check out their blog as well.

    andysarahf@gmail.com

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  10. I love cookbooks. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this cookbook.

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  11. I am always up for new recipes! sign me up for the give-away. Please? Also - what is the web address for thier blog?

    thank you
    sam

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  12. I absolutely love cookbooks and read them from cover to cover. :) My husband thinks its a bit strange but I don't care :) :) So I would love to have a new cookbook.....to read from cover to cover.

    Thanks so much for this lovely interesting blog. I love it. My friend Wendy told me about it. She talked highly of it and I was not disappointed.

    I have loved trying different recipes that you have posted !!!!

    Just wondering and maybe you do this and I just missed it somewhere. But do you bake with SOFT white wheat ???? I have been hearing its wonderful wheat flour that makes the best cookies.

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  13. I've read their blog before but somehow never added them to my google reader. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for a great giveaway, too!

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  14. Sam -
    I linked to their blog in the first link in the post!

    Karisa -
    I tried using soft white wheat for cookies and non-yeast recipes and really couldn't see much difference then hard white wheat. Since then I've just stayed with hard white wheat for everything. Maybe I should try it again since I too have heard of others who like it.
    Gina

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  15. Thanks for this great giveaway.
    jodilynn_taylor@yahoo.ca

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  16. Gina, I would love to try this wonderful cookbook....email me at smileyluv1@hotmail.com~

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds interesting!

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  18. Hi!
    I found your blog a few weeks ago and have enjoyed reading it. The cookbook sounds really nice and I would love to try the different recipes.

    Nicki in WV

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  19. love their blog! I'd be so happy to win a copy of the cookbook. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  20. would love to have a copy of that cookbook. i have had the "more with less" cookbook for years and read the pages off of it!

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  21. would love a chance to win this book!

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  22. I would love to enter! Thanks!

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  23. Sounds like a wonderful cookbook!

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  24. MGCC is a great website. I would love to win a cookbook!

    Lisa
    lmw@friendlycity.net

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  25. That sounds like a good cookbook to add to my collection!
    mansarg@gmail.com

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  26. I would love to win a copy of Mennonite Girls Can Cook!
    afjones611@triad.rr.com

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  27. Who couldn't use a new cookbook? And this one sounds fantastic! Thanks for hosting :)

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  28. Sounds like a great cookbook and of course if you recomend it I know it's good. :) I love love love your blog and recomend it to friends. Sherilyn gilnanne@agapemail.com

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  29. I would love to win a copy of this cookbook. I have very much enjoyed trying out some of your recipes, especially trying my hand at baking bread! Thanks so much for sharing; your blog is such a treat.

    blisahsmith@aol.com

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  30. Oh it sounds wonderful! I would love to win a copy.

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  31. You can never have too many cookbooks.

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  32. Sounds like another great cookbook that would be fun to read and use!

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  33. I'd love to add this cookbook to my collection!

    Carey
    carenmckinney@windstream.net

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  34. love your blog, when I came across this site I thought of you.

    http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

    It has much info about various plants next to each other in the garden.

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  35. Gina I have followed these ladies for years as well. I too am German Mennonite, although Canadian I find their recipes different then what I grew up on as well.I am glad you enjoyed this book, because I usually enjoy the same books you do. I am asking you to put my name into your hat as well. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Marlyn
    marlyndubay@gmail.com

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  36. I would love to have a copy of that cook book! Please enter me, thanks for a chance! They have great recipes on their blog.

    blessedcountrygirl@gmail.com

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  37. Wow, you already have a lot of comments! But I'll throw my name in the hat anyway =) My girls would love a new cookbook. Thank you, Gina.

    4ster fam 92 at gmail dot com

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  38. I keep forgetting to stay up on their blog! But, I would LOVE that cookbook (I may have to buy it myself if I don't win it! = ))

    elisarocks@juno.com

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  39. I would love to add this to my collection of 51 cookbooks! My email is gdiem@truevine.net. Thank you!

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  40. Looks great. I'm always looking for new cookbooks. Please enter me.

    erinb1@aol.com

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  41. I love collecting new cookbooks! A woman cannot have too many cookbooks, or any book for that matter! :)
    delgayman@embarqmail.com

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  42. I would love to have this cookbook. I loved checking their blog. It is one of my favorites.

    Wendy
    zookhobbies@gmail.com

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  43. Would love to have this!

    onlyatech at yahoo dot com

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  44. Would love to win it - thank you for the give-a-way!

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  45. I'm a reader of your blog and the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog! Thanks for this giveaway.

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  46. Would love to have this cookbook! even though I think I have enough, I just can't resist one more!

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  47. I often check their blog and have ALWAYS admired the photography, too, not to mention the recipes. I also think YOU, Gina, should write a cook book as well. I am so glad these ladies have put their talent "out there" for the rest of us.

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  48. I love their blog..........I'm sure this is a great cookbook.

    Thanks,
    Carlene

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  49. This books sounds great I love cookbooks and trying new recipies.

    I am hosting a giveaway as well

    www.ourjoyfulliving.com

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  50. Sounds like a good cookbook! I've just started trying to stay away from some "gluten" foods for my daughter, so it would be nice to have some recipes. Thanks for the chance to win!
    lonnyslynny@pa.net

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  51. I'd love to win a copy of the new cookbook; thanks for the chance!

    Carolyn

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  52. CinStraw...aka Cin(\0/)May 3, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    I am of Quaker Great-Grand Parents and they had passed on her Mennonite cookbook in the family...was passed from my Grandmother to my Mother.
    When my Mother passed away in 1989 at the young age of 65 the cookbook came-up 'missing' from my parents home sometime during the funeral. I never found out who removed it from the house and have looked for one like it ever since, never finding one like it.
    One of my favorite recipes was 'Finger Pie' and the 'Sour Dough Starter' recipes. We use it to make pancakes, waffles and all kinds of breads.
    Would love to have one of the MGCC cookbooks.
    Bless you and thanks to all of you for helping us cook.
    God Be With you, Cin(\0/)

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  53. Ooooh! I would love to mix up our weekly menu with some new tried and true recipes. Thanks for the chance!

    moneysavingmaineac at gmail dot com

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  54. Oh! Oh! Pick me, pick me (random.org)!! I'd LOVE this book. Is there a "mennonite girls can sew" too? that would be a good one :o)
    xxxxxx

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  55. I'm a Mennonite girl, but I don't really know how to cook--I think I need this book!

    ~Jan
    jazimri@gmail.com

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  56. I love cookbooks and I so enjoy Mennonite Girls Can Cook. This cookbook would be the best of both worlds!

    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Regina

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  57. This sounds like a great cookbook! Contact info:
    robjohersh@aol.com

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  58. O how i love cookbooks! Would love to win this one. I really enjoy your blog!
    dmp2010@windstream.net

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  59. What a great giveaway! I would love to win a copy of this. I have relied on the "More with Less" cookbook for years. It is missing the covers and most of the index -- easily the most useful and economical cookbook I own.

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  60. Move over, let me have a chance too! Man, do you think they could teach this Mennonite Girl to cook better? I'll betcha............they can.

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  61. I love their website. I bet their cookbook is great. ark2800 at gmail dot com

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  62. dear gina,
    i love cookbooks.....and that sounds
    wonderful.
    blessings regina

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  63. First I want to thank you for your wonderful Blog. I would love to have
    this wonderful Cookbook.

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  64. would love to have a new cookbook.
    Rachel
    lorae@embarqmail.com

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  65. Please enter me for a chance to win the cookbook! This sounds like fun! Emma, yourfarmer@verizon.net

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  66. Sounds like an interesting cookbook! I would love to add this to my stash! :)

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  67. Sounds great! would love to have a chance to try this cookbook!
    lorendak@centurylink.net

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  68. This sounds like a great cookbook!

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  69. oh and I forgot my email address.
    rosannawitmer@gmail.com

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  70. Oh, dear. Another blog to check out. I'm reading much too much these days and not getting any work done around here. However, I love Mennonite recipes. Two of my favourite cookbooks at home are "Food that Schmecks" and "More Food that Schmecks" by a Mennonite of the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. I am Dutch, not Mennonite, but I enjoy the simple recipes that often use whole grains, butter and lard. They are do-able and often very good. I haven't had a recipe fail yet. I'm sure this book is full of tried and true recipes as well.

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  71. would love to have a cookbook like this. kurtzhomestead@sbcglobal.net

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  72. We almost never eat out and we minister to family and friends through food so good cookbooks are a must. This one is sure to be a winner.
    --SueBE

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  73. This sounds a like a wonderful book, filled with recipes that are all winners. I am a fan of both blogs, keep up the good work. I'd love to win a copy of this book, if it is meant for me my email is dcwerschler@shaw.ca

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  74. Oh, I would love to have this cookbook! I have a recipe for crepes with cottage cheese, thickened fruit, and cream sauce from Russian Mennonite friends and it is one of our favorite meals.

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  75. I would love to have this! Sounds great!

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  76. I collect cookbooks and the Mennononite cookbooks are harder to find than any others. I love to "read" them, comparing the era it was written in versus how things are today. They are mini history lessons. I would love to have a copy of this cookbook.

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  77. Thank you for such a wonderful review. It is truly humbling to be a part of this book. The best thing about it is to see how God is going to use it to bless others. For truly we have been blessed so much already we just want to share what we can.
    Thank you again for encouraging us in this way.....Charlotte from Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

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  78. Thanks so much Gina. .I have your review posted on our blog. We so appreciate you helping us get the word out there. It will be fun to see who wins this one.

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  79. what a great recommendation - thanks for a chance to win!

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  80. I might not be Mennonite, but I am thoroughly enjoying the blog with all those wonderful recipes! Would love the cookbook but it is sure to be expensive to get it shipped over here to me in Australia. Wish someone would just send me a copy!!!
    Betsy
    sgw@bbtd.asn.au

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  81. Since I already looked at your cookbook, I know I'd love to have one of my own. I believe you have my email address and phone number, and also know where I live and attend church. Feel free to contact me how ever you choose IF I win. =) Nola

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  82. I would love to enter the giveaway, I was just looking at the Mennonite Girls can Cook website yesterday.

    Eva

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  83. I'd love to be added to the drawing for this cookbook. My two "go to" cookbooks are More with Less and Mennonite Country Style Recipes and Kitchen Secrets so I imagine my family would love to try some "new" recipes. Thanks for the chance.

    momsstorage@gmail.com

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  84. I would love to have a copy of this cookbook!

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  85. I can't wait to get a copy of this cookbook. I just recently found their website and have so enjoyed reading their blog. I love the cover, too. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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  86. I love reading their blog. It would be wonderful to have a cookbook with all the recipes. Enter me Please!
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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  87. Sounds like a great cookbook! Always looking for new recipes for the herd-I mean family!
    I enjoy your blog-
    Nancy smithfarm90@gmail.com

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  88. I really like MGCC blog...would love a chance at their cook book! They usually give me some sort of inspiration! Barb O. carbocker@greatcove.net

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  89. I enjoy cooking and consider it a treat to buy a new cookbook. One Christmas my sister and I bought the same cookbook for each other! Thanks for this chance.Marilyn
    conlyn96@gmail.com

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  90. Thanks for the chance to win this - looks great!

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  91. I love cookbooks....I can read a new one from cover to cover just like a story book.
    sweetrose177@hotmail.com

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  92. Looks like a wonderful and fascinating cookbook! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Courtney

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  93. Gina,
    This book is on my wish list - count me in for the drawing!!
    Blessings!

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  94. I love their blog and can't wait to get my hands on their cookbook :)

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  95. I've heard wonderful things about this book - I'd love to be entered if it's not too late (sorry just read it on your blog)
    My email is renataatsunnyside@gmail.com

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  96. I just found your blog today! I was looking for a few mennonite rec. to make for my father-in-law and husband and here you popped up. I'm so excited to have found your blog! Good luck to you and I look forward to following your tips, recipes, and life joys! Julia-julzmatjar@yahoo.com

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