The Cook and her Amish-Mennonite Cookbook

I’d like to introduce you to Sherry Gore, author of Taste of Pinecraft: Glimpses of Sarasota, Florida’s Amish Culture and Kitchens. I first came in contact with Sherry in 2006. Our friendship has grown over the years, and now I’d like to give you a chance to get to know her.

Sherry is a member of Sunnyside Mennonite Church—a Beachy Amish Mennonite church in Sarasota, Florida. For three years Sherry has been a scribe for the Amish newspaper known as The Budget. The Budget is a national publication serving the Amish and Mennonite communities since 1890. She is also a writer/food reviewer for The Pinecraft Pauper, Pinecraft’s village newspaper.

Sherry has written a 400-page cookbook. In addition to nearly 700 heirloom recipes from Amish and Mennonite women across the country, there are stories and tidbits about births, engagements, weddings, deaths, funerals, birthday celebrations, ordinations, anniversaries, wildlife encounters, and accidents.

Daniel Fisher, editor of the Pinecraft Pauper says that the cookbook is filled with, “…everyday comings and goings of life in Pinecraft, our Amish/Mennonite village situated in the heart of Sarasota, told through years of letters submitted to The Budget newspaper. Even if a recipe flops, the story with it won’t.”

You can read more about Sherry and about how to order her cookbook by click here. In my spring newsletter, I offer a chance to win an autographed copy of  Taste of Pinecraft: Glimpses of Sarasota, Florida’s Amish Culture and Kitchens. In this blog post, I’m offering a second cookbook. So if you entered the newsletter contest, here’s another chance to win a copy of Taste of Pinecraft.

For a chance to win, leave a comment below. Contest ends Monday, March 29. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, March 30. The winner will be announced as soon as she or he responds to my e-mail.


This contest is now closed. The winner of Taste of Pinecraft; Glimpses of Sarasota Florida’s Amish Culture and Kitchens is RaDonna Murner. Congrats, RaDonna! The newsletter contest offers another chance to win the cookbook as well as an Amish-made wall hanging, but to enter “newsletter contests” you need to be signed up for the newsletter. To sign up, go to


We have our “Amish Letters & Contest” blog winner! The winner is Tina Rice! Congrats, Tina. She won an Amish-made wall hanging. She’s already responded to my e-mail, and the wall hanging will go out with tomorrow’s mail. Like many of our past winners, Tina has entered several of my contests, so if you didn’t win this time, don’t give up!

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