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Doris Janzen Longacre
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Sept. 26 2003 083619263X 978-0836192636 Updated

While including no new recipes, this most recent printing is refreshed with a new introduction and detailed statistics including updated nutritional and pricing information for a new generation.

This is a new edition of Herald Press's all-time best-selling cookbook, helping thousands of families establish a climate of joy and concern for others at mealtime.

The late author's introductory chapters have been edited and revised for today's cooks. Statistics and nutritional information have been updated to reflect current American and Canadian eating habits, health issues, and diet guidelines. The new U.S. food chart My Plate was slipped in at the last minute and placed alongside Canada's Food Guide.

But the message has changed little from the one that Doris Janzen Longacre promoted in 1976, when the first edition of this cookbook was released. In many ways she was ahead of her time in advocating for people to eat more whole grains and more vegetables and fruits, with less meat, saturated fat, and sugars.

This book is part of the World Community Cookbook series that is published in cooperation with Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of relief, development, and peace.

"Mennonites are widely recognized as good cooks. But Mennonites are also a people who care about the world's hungry."
—Doris Janzen Longacre

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This is not only a fabulous cookbook that has helped thousands of families establish a climate of joy and concern for others at mealtime, it can help you improve your nutrition and save money, too. It outlines three ways to eat more-with-less and invites us to consider the global implications of our dietary choices. There are sidebars with stories, pictures, prayers and verses, making this truly a distinctively Christian cookbook, solid with great recipes, and wholesome, faithful ideas scattered through-out. We have some friends that have literally worn out several of these, as they are truly that useful---with simple, helpful stuff about complimentary proteins and ways to create meals that respect what is now called "sustainable agriculture." As it says on the back, these recipes are "kind to your wallet, your waistline, and the larger world." Three cheers for the Mennonite Central Committee and their good work bringing global concerns to the table in such a refreshing, pleasant way. 500 recipes!

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About the Author

Doris Janzen Longacre was associated with Mennonite Central Committee and its worldwide ministries in the name of Christ.
She grew up in Elbing, Kansas, and Tucson, Arizona. She attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, received her BA in home economics from Goshen (Ind.) College in 1961, and studied at Goshen Biblical Seminary.
Doris served as dietician of Hesston (Kan.) College (1961-63), as MCC hostess of the Language Study Center in Vietnam (1964-67), and in another MCC assignment in Indonesia (1971-72).
She was congregational chair at Akron (Pa.) Mennonite Church (1973-76), board member for Goshen Biblical Seminary (1976-79), and a frequent speaker and workshop leader at church conferences in Canada and the United States.
Doris lived in Akron, Pennsylvania, and was married to Paul Longacre. Their two daughters are Cara Longacre Hurst and Marta van Zanten.
In 1979, just prior to the completion of her second book Living More with Less Doris passed away at age 39 after a 31-month battle with cancer.
She once said, "I have always liked to cook, particularly experimenting, developing a recipe. I seldom make a recipe twice the same way. I also find satisfaction in cooking and serving foods from other countries."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple cooking, simply great March 15 2004
By Sioneva
The two bad reviews of this cookbook that I've seen focus on it being too simple and "reducing" the subtlety of recipes. After growing up as a missionary kid in West Africa with a mom who relied on this cookbook and after learning how to cook out of it, I disagree. The recipes are simple so that you can modify them to suit your own tastes and what's locally available. If you're looking for a gourmet cookbook, this isn't it...but if you're looking for a superb basic cookbook that will teach you not only how to cook but also how to be more aware of the world around you, this is it. I have other cookbooks that I use frequently, but if I could only have two, I've have Joy of Cooking and this. The Oatmeal Bread, Spaghetti Sauce, Scrambled Eggs & Noodles and Chow Mein recipes are amongst my all-time favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just recipes Oct. 31 2011
I love the philosophy of this cookbook! It's focus is on getting more food and nutrition with less money, meat, and fuss. The recipes use whole foods and lots of nutrious whole grains. It is a must buy for anyone seeking to eat in a way which is conscious of the earth, health (one's own and that of others), and social justice. On a formatting note, the way these recipes are written out is great! They don't list all the ingredients and then give the instructions. Rather, they list some ingredients, tell you what to do with them and then list more and tell you what to do with those... and so on. Makes the whole cooking process very simple. Oh, and it's filled with lots of great information and notes throughout.
My only "complaints" about this book and why I didn't give it all five stars is that most recipes call for too much salt (my advice is to use less than they call for and then add more if needed) and some of the recipes are fairly bland. Having said that, some of the simplest recipes are the tastiest. In the end, these recipes come from a wonderful and much needed philosophy of food and eating and though many stand well on their own, there are also many that are really good starting places for you to build on.
Definitely buy this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Feb. 9 2013
By Jackie
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I recently purchased the updated version of this book. I was one of those who got the original book in the `70's and it changed the way I thought about food. I raised my family using the recipes and advice in the original version. I was disappointed when I replaced my worn out copy with the new one because the section that had the most impact on my cooking was missing. In the original preface, there was a section listing complementary foods that produce complete protiens - for eg 1 c skim milk + 3/4 c rice; 3/4 c grated cheese + 1 c macaroni; 1 c beans + 2 2/3 c rice; 1/4 c beans + 6 tortillas. To me, that was what changed my thinking and my way of cooking. The new version removed those examples and in my opinion became just another frugal cookbook. Without that section explaining why a meal of rice and beans is just as protien rich as that of meatloaf and potatoes, the book loses a lot of its relevence. I will keep the book I bought because mine was falling apart, but I will not be giving it as gifts because I do not believe the book in its current version will be the instrument of change it was in the 1970's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple food can sure taste good! May 11 2004
By A Customer
The pages of my 22 year old edition are stained and torn. Notes are handwritten by various recipes. Yes, I've used this cookbook a lot and will continue to do so. Just tonight we had a casserole with the simplest ingredients -- a chicken breast I had in the refrigerator, bread, cheese, milk, vegetables, butter. My whole family loved it. For simple wholesome fare, I recommend this book. I'm planning on buying a copy of the book as a wedding gift for my niece, just like someone once bought this as a wedding gift for my husband and I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Receipes! Jan. 7 2013
By Amy
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This cook book is awesome. I literally wore out my last one that is why I had to get another one. That is how good it is too! The receipes are great because they start most things from scratch instead of using pre made items from the store!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life saver Sept. 13 2005
By Joanna
I got this book as a wedding present, and it has been used ever since. We had no money when we got married and very litte in the first few years, when our first child was born. This book helped us through some tough times, it provided us with healthy meals we could afford. Even though money is not as tight now I find we keep going back to this book for good food and inspiring words.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Our family has used the first edition of More With Less for years. Our original edition is smudged and tattered from years of use. We now have a new edition.

From the Banana Bread or Cornbread to Soups or Stew recipes, Salads or Desserts, or even spaghetti and sauces, all of the recipes for any meal are kept to a minimum of ingredients, in keeping with the Mennonite Tradition.

If you have ever set about to prepare a family meal, and found that the recipe called for all kinds of spices, vegetables, meats, cheeses, etcetera, to the point where the cost of the meal was out of all proportion with your intentions, you will come to appreciate this humble cookbook. It only uses very elemental and basic ingredients, rather than the sort of things found in cookbooks by or for wannabe chefs.

Yet the recipes will not dissapoint. The book contains nutritional information and Substitution Tables.

Permit me to give a simple example from page 201.


1 1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
2 chicken bouillion cubes
1 thin slice of onion
2 Tablespoons flour
3 cups of milk
dash of Pepper
dash of Mace

"Whirl until smooth. Pour into saucepan and heat slowly, stirring constantly. Additional
Milk may be added."

This is essentially what all the old Mennonite Community recipes were like. There are certainly more ingredients in many recipes, but the Mennonite Tradition is purposely simple, because the poor and humble can afford such meals and have nutritious food at the same time.

The Mennonites emerged in Switzerland in the 1520s as radical Protestants. Owing to the persecution of Protestant sects, many Mennonites immigrated to other countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you are on an alternate diet this is the book for you. Some of the foods I have to eat are bland to say the least, but this book gives great ideas and uses only basic materials.
Published 11 months ago by RJH
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book that had you going green before green was in style
Over the course of many moves, I somehow lost this cookbook. I was unable to replace it until they came out with this anniversary edition. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shirley Gunby
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This is a great cookbook. I had this book for years and just ordered one for my daughter who is getting married.
Published on Feb. 4 2011 by Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Every kitchen and friend should have one
I first used this book in a friend's kitchen in the late 1980's and was then given it as a gift by another friend. I have been using it ever since. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2010 by ec
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Simply
This is a book for people who want to live simply on the earth. I have worn out two copies since my parents gave me my first copy in 1976. Read more
Published on June 9 2010 by Jofacilitator
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift
It is a gift for my daughter-law. She invited us for supper for Father's Day and bemoaned the fact that her cookbook was falling apart from having been used so much. Read more
Published on July 24 2009 by Agnes Wurfel
5.0 out of 5 stars Use it everyday!
I use this cookbook literally everyday. I am not a gourmet chef, but I have always wanted to cook healthy foods for my family. Read more
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