Another Look At Friendship Bread

Last June I told you about my experience with Amish Friendship Bread. While I enjoyed the results, I wasn’t happy with the process of daily care that the bread required. I also thought people might start hiding when they saw me coming.

After that blog post I learned that Darien Gee wrote a book titled Amish Friendship Bread: A Novel. She saw my blog post, and I think she decided that I needed to witness the positive side of this combination friendship builder and yummy treat. She sent me a copy of her new novel. I’m glad she did.

Amish Friendship Bread is a heartwarming novel about how friendship bread can be the catalyst for new friendships and a good way to practice genuine gifting.

The characters in the story are well drawn and there were several I was very sympathetic to. This is Ms. Gee’s first novel but you’d never know it. It’s written very well.

The last section of the book is full of recipes. There is first of all the recipe for making the starter from scratch. There’s also the directions on how to handle it the first ten days. There’s a good variety of ways to bake the bread too. This means you don’t have to wait for someone to give you a gift of starter.

But wait, it gets even better. The author has developed a website devoted to the Amish Friendship Bread Kitchen. At the website there’s a wonderful community of the book and bread’s fans, loads of ways to make the bread and, my favorite, a variety of ways to make the starter. There’s a recipe for gluten-free starter. sugar-free starter, and so forth. There’s also a Frequently Asked Question section. To visit the website, click the picture above.

I’m giving Amish Friendship Bread another chance. I’m developing a list of people I think would enjoy a loaf of my bread. What about you? What’s your experience with friendship bread?

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17 Responses to Another Look At Friendship Bread

  1. I love books that include relevant recipes. And I woke up today wishing for homemade bread!

  2. It really sounds like this book is worth reading. I’ve had people give me friendship bread, but I’ve never had any experience with starter. I’m curious, though, so I’m going to look at the web site.

  3. Alex Baugh says:

    I am not a big bread baker, but the novel sounds great.

  4. This sounds like a really good book to look for! Thanks for your visit and yes, there was cherry tomatoes, peppers and mozzerella balls on the wooden skewers. Have a great day!

  5. TheBookGirl says:

    I love to bake bread, but I have not had experience with the friendship bread idea…I’m afraid that my non-baking friends would look at the starter as kind of a chain letter of baking, lol.

  6. Esme says:

    I am going to check out this book and the blog-I just made almond banana bread this week. It seems to be a week for bread.

  7. This sounds like a really nice book. I love the idea of a friendship bread, but I don’t really bake much.

  8. Annie says:

    I’ll read more about Friendship bread ! During our trip we traveled through Lancaster county and stayed in a B and B owned my an Amish Lady in Gap (PA)! She prepared a wonderful breakfast that all the people who where ther shared together ! it was a great experience ! thanks to rememer it to me !

  9. stacybuckeye says:

    So cool that the author saw that you needed her book!

  10. Uniflame says:

    I never did the friendship bread thing. But I will check out the book 🙂

  11. Beth F says:

    I love the idea of this book and I too think it’s very cool that the author found you. My problem with friendship bread is the constant tending to it. But I’m still going to check out the website.

  12. Belle Wong says:

    This sounds like such a nice, cozy read. I’ve never made friendship bread but the whole concept of it sounds wonderful!

  13. Ann says:

    My friends and I went through a phase of baking friendship bread and yes, I believe some of them hid from me. This sounds like a good read – thanks for posting.

  14. Staci says:

    I wish I was a genius in the kitchen but I’m not. I’m happy going to Shipshewana once a year and visiting the Amish Bakery and loading up on all of their great sweet breads and stuff!!

  15. I have never tried Friendship Bread I don’t think I have even tasted it!

  16. I read this book a while ago and really enjoyed it. It is very heart-warming and definitely made me crave friendship bread…and of course I went to the website and was amazed at all of the possibilities!

  17. This is one of the interesting post in which talked about the friendship and its important in our life.

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