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Make more delicious meals with the More-with-Less Cookbook
September 27, 2016
40th Anniversary Edition
by Doris Janzen Longacre with Rachel Marie Stone
Religion & Spirituality, Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 27 Sep 2016
The idea behind the More-with-Less cookbook is conservation and elimination of food waste. In America particularly, many go hungry while vast amounts of food are thrown away. At the same time, many of the so called "convenience" items from the grocery save little time and eat away at food budgets. There is also a satisfaction to be gained from making a simple meal and sharing it with friends and family. Food need not be expensive or exotic to be a delicious repast physically and socially.
Going through the cookbook, I was struck by a number of items. First there is a wonderful array of simple salad dressing recipes. Who hasn't spent $3 or $4 for a salad dressing of questionable flavor. Doris Longacre makes it easy. I went straight for a lemon poppyseed variation that was delicious. The soup recipes also appear quite easy to prepare even if you are short on time. You will find such favourites as French onion soup and corn chowder (yummy).
The meat recipes weren't as appealing because they involved so much stretching of ingredients, but there are some nice veggie and bean burger recipes that look good.
I was very impressed by the breads & breakfast area and the dessert area. First there are some nice recipes for making your own granola (cheap, easy, and delicious) as well as adaptations for making your own granola bars. Longacre's directions are easy to follow and the results are spectacular. I also liked the muffin and quick bread recipes - creative versions of old favorites. There is even a carrot raisin bread that carrot cake lovers will adore. The desserts are simple and delicious without a lot of added sugar. My first effort was the oven baked rice pudding which was delicious and creamy despite my use of skim milk. The applesauce bread pudding is also excellent.
I never expect one cookbook to do it all. My rule of thumb is that if there are more than four recipes that have good results - I like the book. The more useful the cookbook is, the better I like it. The More-with-Less cookbook is as close to a "do it all" book as you can get. The recipes are detailed enough for novices to follow and do not require a large variety of expensive ingredients. There are also wonderful suggestions for leftovers.
Whether you are socially conscious, on a limited budget, or love to cook the More-with-Less Cookbook deserves a place on your shelf.
I received a copy of the More-with-Less Cookbook from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
How we cook can change the world.
With one simple 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.
The World Community Cookbook series is commissioned by and benefits the work of Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of relief, development, and peacebuilding.
Simple. Wholesome. Generous. Faithful.
What's new in the 40th Anniversary Edition:
- Colorful photographs of dishes throughout
- New recipes featuring fresh, healthy ingredients
- Updated nutritional information and cooking techniques
- Inspiring stories of living joyfully and simply
- Recipe labels on vegetarian and gluten-free dishes