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Hope's Table

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Simple, But Sometimes Unusual, Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen

What a lovely cookbook of simple, everyday recipes from a Mennonite woman who lives in the Shenandoah Valley. The cookbook is simply divided into recipe types, like breakfast or bread. The book’s recipes are super straightforward and easy, requiring just a few common ingredients. Every recipe has a photo, which is helpful because some recipes are unusual, like a sausage and egg breakfast casserole with eggs sunny-side up on the top. Interspersed throughout the book are small essays about how to live better, like the one about teaching children about food and another about having a tidy refrigerator. I love cookbooks like this that show a culture that is unfamiliar to me. If you have an interest in simple home cooking or the Mennonites, this cookbook could be right up your alley.
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I really enjoyed a great many things about this book. Characters were fleshed out and the plot was well spaced. Some of the secondary storylines could've used a bit more page space but all in all an enjoyable read!
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This looks like a really good book. I wasn't able to tell much about it by the ARC I was sent.  Enough though for me to look it up at a bookstore and see what it is like.
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This book is filled with beauty! It was lovingly curated and that is easy to see. Each picture is bright! The recipes are easy to understand and follow, and they are attainable. Many cookbooks are extremely pretentious and this is not the case for Hopes Table. I would buy this as a gift for sure!
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A lovely cookbook with pictures and directions to every yummy recipes. Brought back memories of sitting in a friends Grandmother’s kitchen in Indiana as I enjoyed her homemade goodies. Try them all but dont miss the Apple Dumplings…. Lisa
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Hope's Table by Hope Helmuth is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September.

Among the frequent references to Helmuth’s family and sourcing your own food, there are chapters for breakfasts, soups and salads, sauces, veg and sides, meats, desserts, then canning & preservation. It oozes a sense of Mennonite simplicity and straightforwardness, but has many ethnic and seafood options.
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With only two recipes included in this sample it is impossible to tell what the actual book will be like. The chocolate cake recipe looks good but the cinnamon roll recipe that makes 3-4 dozen is not something I would ever make.
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NetGalley:

If tradition has a taste, this is it.
Like your grandmother’s beloved recipe file, Hope’s Table brings enticing meals to your family’s table. From the kitchen of Mennonite cook, Hope Helmuth comes this mix of more than 150 delectable recipes, stunning food photographs, and stories of strawberry picking, corn day, and Christmas cookie bakes. Traditions of a hearth, home, and hospitality run deep, and those values flavor every recipe and story.
Hope’s Table offers simple step-by-step instructions that help you create wholesome dishes with artistic flair. Practical kitchen hints and memories from a Mennonite life garnish the pages. In Hope’s Table, you’ll find recipes sure to become family favorites:
• Mom’s Rolls
• Bacon and Corn Chowder
• Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
• Maple-Glazed Pork Chops
• Apple Dumplings
Step into the serene, natural beauty of a Mennonite home. Take a seat at Hope’s table, and you’ll find plenty of reasons to linger.

My Review:

The copy I received was a small sample of the work. What I read was intriguing enough to make me want the book. 

I learned that homemade cinnamon rolls are best frozen the same day even if you wish to eat the next day. 

I plan on fixing the broccoli salad recipe for my husband on his birthday.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Herald Press, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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Thank you Harald Press and Netgalley for a copy of Hope's Table by Hope Helmuth for review.

This cookbook was beautifully laid out and I loved the simplicity of the recipes.  Everything was easy to follow and great for a family meal!
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I received a limited excerpt through NetGalley so I don't feel I can thoroughly review the writing style or photography, but I attempted a recipe (Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Icing) and found it easy to follow with very good results.  I will definitely check out the complete version.
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Being a lover of cookbooks, I found this book charming.  I was disappointed that the book only contained a few recipes. However, all the recipes look very easy to recreate, with items you may have on hand. We have a sour cherry tree, it's just beginning to produce fruit. I was pleased to see a cherry pie recipe for sour cherries. I will definitely make this recipe next spring as our cherrys bloom out again. 

Overall, I think this is a beautiful little recipe book. Lots of stories and family recipes from Hope Helmuth.  Pretty artwork and helpful tips. This would be a lovely cookbook for your home , as well, as giving as a gift.  I am excited to purchase the complete book. 

I received an advanced excerpt of the book from NetGalley and HeraldPress for my review.
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If tradition has a taste, this is it.  This one line describes this cookbook so well.  Let it take you into the kitchen of Hope Helmuth where she gives us so many of her family's favorites that it was hard to pick which recipes to start with.  So my fellow adventurous cooks all took 10 recipes and tried them.  Each recipe was easy to follow using ingredients most of us already have in our pantries.  The directions were clear, we all produced excellent results on the first attempt.  The results were VERY tasty.  Many of these new recipes have now joined our own list of family favorites.  A great cookbook for new or seasoned cooks.
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As a professional reviewer, it is very disappointing when I sign up to read and review a book and then find that the publisher has only given me a few pages of the cookbook to look at.  In this case, it is impossible to gauge which recipes would appeal to cooks, and to try recipes to make sure they are well-written and good.  In the instance of Hope's Table: Everyday Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen, by Hope Helmuth, the publisher has given its reviewers a total of three recipes, and hasn’t even given lists of most of the 150 recipes in the book.  Mennonite Kitchens have the reputation of having mouthwatering recipes that appeal to everyone and have simple ingredients.  16 pages is not enough to let a cook know if this is a book that should belong on the cookbook shelf.   One of the recipes presented, is a Crunchy Broccoli Salad that has appeared in church cookbooks and on personal recipe cards for decades – nothing new here.  How about a recipe for another chocolate cake?  It’s doubtful that anyone who bakes will find that exciting.  There are some nice-looking cinnamon rolls, but nothing unusual in the recipe.

If you’re looking for a good Mennonite cookbook, there is no way to know if this is a good one.  None of the recipes from the sample were exciting enough for me to want to make them to see if they turn out.  I’m sure Hope Helmuth is a great cook, and that the full cookbook is packed with fun stories and recipes.  However, without really knowing what is in the book, I certainly wouldn’t purchase it, since I don’t know whether the other recipes are appealing; the ones given in the sample are boring, to say the least.
Since there are so many good cookbooks out there that can be reviewed by professionals, my suggestion is to skip this one and fine a good book that can be reviewed ahead of purchase.
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Upon reviewing this preview edition, I am very interested to see how the whole book comes together. The photography is absolutely stunning. The table of contents show that there are a lot of options available in the full length book, and I am very interested in the "Ten Tips toward a Tidy Refrigerator" Boy do I need help with that! I made the "Crunchy Broccoli Salad" and it was easy and tasted great. There was also a preview page of the recipes in the Chicken and Seafood section and recipes such as; Spring Roll Rice Bowls with Sweet Garlic and Lime Dressing, Honey Roasted Chicken and Cajun Chicken with Avocado which means that I will check out this cookbook when it is available on September 10, 2019.
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Although this book seems lovely, and the photos are stunning, the sample provided was really not enough to ensure a thorough and fair review. My suggestions to this publisher is that they send the entire book for review, as other publishers do. That would be most helpful.
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Hope's Table is a lovely recipe book with beautiful photos of great looking food.  I love heirloom recipes
  This is a lovely book filled with great food and charming stories
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Hope is a Mennonite, and the cookbook is based on her home cooked meals.  It's divided up into sections.  The first section is breakfast.  My favorite recipe is the sweet rolls.  Each recipe has beautiful color photographs.  It has sections for beef and pork dinners, a chicken and seafood dinners, and more.  The recipes have simple ingredients that are commonly found in kitchens.  I love the pictures.  It shows what your results should look like.
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This was just a 16 page sampler to the whole book.  From the recipes and stories that I did get to see it looks very promising.  It has really pretty pictures.  I can't wait to see the rest of the book.

I received this sample ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The sample of the book was not enough to give a thorough review. The photography was lovely, though. But the recipes were ones I've seen in many other cookbooks.
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Like your grandmother’s beloved recipe file, Hope’s Table brings enticing meals to your family’s table. From the kitchen of Mennonite cook, Hope Helmuth comes this mix of more than 150 delectable recipes, stunning food photographs, and stories of strawberry picking, corn day, and Christmas cookie bakes. Traditions of the hearth, home, and hospitality run deep, and those values flavor every recipe and story.
Hope’s Table offers simple step-by-step instructions that help you create wholesome dishes with artistic flair. Practical kitchen hints and memories from a Mennonite life garnish the pages. In Hope’s Table, you’ll find recipes sure to become family favorites:
Mom’s Rolls
Bacon and Corn Chowder
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Maple-Glazed Pork Chops
Apple Dumplings
Step into the serene, natural beauty of a Mennonite home. Take a seat at Hope’s table, and you’ll find plenty of reasons to linger

 Recipes look wonderfull, and the pictures where beutiful I wish it was longer so I could get a better view of the cook book, but it looks good so far.
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