Amish Reality

I recently came across a book cover—albeit a spoof—for Amish vampire kittens in outer space.

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While it may seem farfetched, there are an awful lot of crazy Amish tie-ins these days. It seems that everyone wants to tell the reality-TV, sci-fi, or romance-novel version of the Amish story.

But at MennoMedia we have been offered the opportunity to help Amish writers tell their own stories for a change. Through conversation prompted by one such published Amish writer, we were eager to begin syndicating a weekly newspaper column called Lovina’s Amish Kitchen.

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Lovina Eicher, author of a long-running and well-loved column about her Amish life, is working with us to start a new column syndicated by MennoMedia, Lovina’s Amish Kitchen.

Lovina is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Formerly writing as The Amish Cook, Lovina inherited that column from her mother, Elizabeth Coblentz, who wrote from 1991 to 2002.

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Through Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, Lovina will continue to connect weekly with her huge base of readers and fans. And she will continue the tradition of reaching readers with dispatches and recipes from her Amish home.

Lovina’s winning combination of tasty family recipes and writings about her daily life and faith as an Amish mother, wife, and cook have earned her a loyal audience with thousands of readers across the United States.

Each weekly column opens with about a 600-word reflection on the events of her household, community, and church district, and concludes with a favorite family recipe. She will follow this format weekly. Total column length is between 700-750 words. The rate for the column depends on a newspaper’s circulation, and we are open to hearing from any newspapers in your area who might be interested in such a column! This is not our first venture into syndicating a newspaper column. Perhaps you already read the long-running Another Way newspaper column by our staff member Melodie Davis, which has been syndicated since 1987.

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We at MennoMedia are honored to work with Lovina in bringing her authentic Amish voice to both her loyal readers, and also readers who have not yet discovered her work. We are confident that Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, with its homespun Amish wisdom and hearty recipes, will greatly appeal to readers and give people a glimpse into authentic Amish living.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen just launched July 1, and a new column will be posted online every Friday afternoon (after running earlier in the week in newspapers). Here is the recipe for sugar cookies in her first column:

Sugar Cookies

  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups lard (or use 1 cup margarine, softened, and 1 cup lard)
  • 3 cups buttermilk or sour milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 9–10 cups flour (just enough that you can handle dough)

Mix all ingredients except flour. Gradually add flour, mixing well. Chill dough for a few hours or overnight. Drop by teaspoon on a greased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes or until bottom is golden. When cool, frost if desired.

You can read more about Lovina and her new column at her website, or find her on Facebook or Twitter! You may be interested to know that she writes her columns with pen and paper and mails them to us. We then get them ready for electronic publishing. She is happy to correspond with readers who write to her at the Post Office box given at the website and elsewhere.

Amy Gingerich

Amy Gingerich, editorial director

9 thoughts on “Amish Reality

  1. I am so happy that Lovina has connected with MennoMedia. I enjoy reading her column in the Hammond Times, a newspaper in northwest Indiana. I look forward ro continuing reading her column.

  2. Thank you very much! I have been very turned off by some of the so called Amish Reality shows and books–this comes as a refreshing change and I’m sure to be a faithful reader!

  3. I’m curious why Lovina has left her former editor, Kevin Williams. He’s the one who “discovered” her mother and has poured his heart and soul into bringing the unique culture and values of the Amish to readers across America. Why did she change course?

    • Thanks for the query, Lisa. Because of MennoMedia’s position as a Mennonite publisher, with a long history of working with the Amish and other Anabaptist groups, the switch made sense when Lovina decided to part ways with Kevin.

    • You may want to check an article in the NW Times that ran on July 16. Sounds like she tired of years of being cheated and is watching our for her family. Wish this was publicized more… for those he is taking advantage of.

      • Thanks, Michelle. Yes, I saw the article in the NW Times, and I linked to that article on Lovina’s page as well. I just heard word this morning that Lovina is ordering stationary with her new logo to reply to her fan mail! This is really so wonderful in the way that we are moving forward and not looking back.

  4. Michelle, because a newspaper reports it, it must be true, right? I’ve followed the column for years and I also work at a newspaper. They don’t pay much. I highly doubt anyone was “cheated” as you said. They may have not been able to agree, but that happens in business and people part ways.

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