Secrets Of A Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling The Rituals Traditions And Food Of The Hutterite Cultu by Mary-Ann KirkbySecrets Of A Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling The Rituals Traditions And Food Of The Hutterite Cultu by Mary-Ann Kirkby

Secrets Of A Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling The Rituals Traditions And Food Of The Hutterite Cultu

byMary-Ann Kirkby

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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The highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning national bestseller, I Am Hutterite

In I Am Hutterite, Kirkby took her readers on a fascinating journey inside a Hutterite colony in Manitoba, where she grew up. Known as Canada’s forgotten people, Hutterites live in higher numbers in Canada than anywhere else in the world. Drawing back the curtains on this mysterious and extraordinary way of life, Kirkby enchanted the public with a vivid portrait of her people, rich in detail and memorable characters. Could you go back? was the enduring request from her readers, hungry for more.

Now in Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen, Kirkby returns to her roots and into the heart of the community and the life she was born into. She traveled from colony to colony for more than two years, working with the women in their kitchens: cooking, baking, plucking ducks, and gossiping. Kirkby reveals intimate details of the community and experiences what her life would have been like if her family hadn’t left the colony when she was a young girl.

Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen is a candid snapshot of present-day Hutterite life, unraveling the inner workings of this closed society and unveiling the rituals, traditions, and food of her culture through the lens of the community kitchen. Kirkby witnesses the rites of passage from cradle to grave: births, romantic entanglements, marriage ceremonies, sacred holidays, and other celebrations. Through it all, she rediscovers what she has always known—that it is the Hutterite women who are the soul of their community. 

MARY-ANN KIRKBY is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True  Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage. Her memoir chronicled her childhood experiences growing up on a Hutterite colony in western Canada and the difficult aftermath of leaving her community to forge a n...
Title:Secrets Of A Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling The Rituals Traditions And Food Of The Hutterite CultuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 0.72 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143184784

ISBN - 13:9780143184782


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this peek into a different culture Havig grown up near many Hutterite Colonies, it was fascinating to get an "inside" look into what goes into feeding 150 people 3 meals a day and the culture and traditions behind their food. I read this front to back in one day. Very engaging.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read Interesting to read the author's sometimes complex rediscovery of her Hutterite heritage, and how she comes to see the positive aspects of the culture (her family had left the colony). The recipes will make you hungry.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smiled at the similarities. i could almost smell the baking bread and see the rows of ladies in crisp polka dot Tiecheln (kerchiefs) kneading dough as i flipped the pages of Mary-Ann Kirkby’s Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen. as a Toronto gal, the word Hutterite wasn’t one i heard until i moved to Calgary. even then i would just nod my head when people spoke of them. “we got our chickens from the Hutterites,” a friend would say when talking about her family’s thanksgiving gathering. again i’d nod. thanks to a great aunt who lived in Bellwood, Ont. i spent many younger summers travelling to Elora and Fergus and St. Jacobs. Hutterites must just be the prairie version of Mennonites, i thought to myself. horse and carriage. bonnets and suits. no technology. then i also thought of my naivety understanding that culture. i was captivated as soon as Kirby’s stilettos clicked into the Sketchers-wearing colony for Lunche (a three o’clock break where families have coffee and pastries in their own home). it reminded me of the decadent treats my Nonna would serve when sister and i came to visit…and the way she would critique my footwear choices. while the book unveils the rituals and traditions of Hutterites – machinery and small doses of technology are a-ok, and no carriages – i noticed each section follows a very tight daily schedule surrounding meals: an early breakfast, a morning coffee break, noon supper, lunche, and dinner. three times a day (coffee and lunche are taken at home) everyone in the colony comes together at the community kitchen for meals, sitting at long tables, gathered by age, men on one side of the hall and women on the other. a sense of ‘same’ poured from the pages as Kirby explained how the women updated the kitchen with the best appliances, like a $55,000 Rational oven also used in the White House, but refused to put in a dishwasher since doing the dishes by hand gave the women time to gossip – also a favourite pastime while peeling potatoes. i smiled as i thought of the many coffee or yoga dates that let me and my girlfriends dish on the latest news. i felt connected to these women, though our outfit choices and hair styles may differ. the book ends with a small collection of recipes. this is a special addition as recipes are usually passed along by oral storytelling within the colony, and only written down in the one cookbook kept by the head cook. while the recipes are overwhelmingly large for this single, they are staples of a made-from-scratch kitchen that feeds up to 125 people daily, not to mention dripping in history. i cannot wait to alter the recipe – i don’t need six dozen – to make fresh buns this weekend.
Date published: 2014-05-07