Picks and Pans Review: The Amish Cook

updated 11/18/2002 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/18/2002 01:00AM

By Elizabeth Coblentz with Kevin Williams

On the subject of catsup, Amish homemaker Elizabeth Coblentz writes, "I prefer homemade because you know for certain what's in it." No wonder her syndicated column touched a nerve with the organic generation. Coblentz, who died on Sept. 17 at age 66, lived without electricity, cars or plumbing on her Indiana farm yet seems to have wanted for nothing. The book includes her thoughtful musings on horse-drawn buggies and homemade laundry soap, but mostly it's about comfort food like Company Chicken Casserole, Delicious Mashed Potatoes and Simple Seven Layer Salad. And catsup. (Ten Speed, $27.95)

Bottom Line: Soul food at its most elemental

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