Throwback Thursday Review: More-with-Less Cookbook 40th Anniversary Edition by Doris Janzen Longacre with Rachel Marie Stone


More-with-Less Cookbook 40th Anniversary Edition by Doris Janzen Longacre with Rachel Marie Stone
Re-release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Herald Press
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



How we cook can change the world.

With one small idea, a movement was born. More-with-Less has given generations of cooks easy, healthy recipes that are gentle on the budget and mindful of those who are hungry. This 40th anniversary edition preserves hundreds of timeless recipes and tips from Doris Janzen Longacre’s bestselling cookbook, with updates by award-winning food writer Rachel Marie Stone.

Simple. Wholesome. Generous. Faithful.

The World Community Cookbook series is commissioned by and benefits the work of Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of relief, development, and peacebuilding.


Review:  Rachel Marie Stone has revised Doris Janzen Longacre’s More-with-Less Cookbook for it’s 40th anniversary edition. Doris Janzen Longacre believed that if everyone lived simpler and consumed less then there would be more for those who are in need. Doris Janzen Longacre wrote the first edition of More-with-Less Cookbook in 1976. I feel it was ahead of its time then and it is still relevant today. In this 40th anniversary edition, Rachel Marie Stone adds the feel of a modern cookbook but keeps Doris Janzen Longacre’s vision. “Simple. Wholesome. Generous. Faithful” are part of the product description that sum up this cookbook perfectly.

fullsizerenderMore-with-Less Cookbook is filled with recipes that have items you already probably have in your pantry or can find easily at your local store. Each chapter has an introduction to the recipes and includes “Gather up the fragments” with ways to use leftovers. I have made and enjoyed recipes over the years from my 25th edition. I tried out the Veggies Burgers and Navajo Fry Bread while reading this edition. I give them both 5 stars, they were delicious.

It was surprising to learn that Americans consume 90% of the world’s food while reading this cookbook. Since I own the 25th anniversary edition of More-with-Less Cookbook I was looking forward to reading this new edition. I noticed the adding of Vegan and Gluten-Free tags to recipes but it’s still very much like my older edition, which is a good thing. This cookbook proves that great meals can be made with items that are readily available and inexpensive. I would recommend this cookbook for those looking for simple, economical recipes.

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