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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,333 ratings  ·  87 reviews
When first published in 1976, More-with-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre struck a nerve with its call for every household to help solve the world food crisis. Now with more than 850,000 copies around the globe, it has become the favorite cookbook of many families. Full of recipes from hundreds of contributors, More-with-Less Cookbook offers suggestions "on how to eat ...more
Spiral-bound, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Herald Press (first published April 15th 1976)
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I have been really fed-up with cookbooks lately - they have these beautiful, lavish recipes... but they all call for half a million fancy ingredients that cost a LOT and are hard to find in a small town with no easy access to gourmet grocery stores. So when I saw this book and read a little about it, I wanted it. "More-with-Less" sounds like code for "Simple" to me.

So I went into this prepared for the simple ingredients and back-to-basics cooking... and that's what I got! I love that most (all?)
Princess Kristin
Longacre was clearly a woman ahead of her time. Her philosophy is reminiscent of Bittman and Pollan, but this book was published decades before theirs. Some of the nutritional information is now known to be incorrect, but overall it is pretty sound.

The first part of the book goes into great detail about her whole foods philosophy and includes nutritional and environmental reasons for her choices. While the recipes do contain some cringe-worthy ingredients like margarine, shortening, and sugar t
While I won't be slaughtering my own chickens or converting to powdered milk anytime soon, there are quite a few recipes in this book that I am excited to try. Not only does it serve as a gentle reminder about which foods and shopping methods are easiest on the environment, it is a wonderful celebration of fellowship and community through shared cooking and meals. Even the margins are crammed with lovely quotes, many of them from 'ordinary' people who contributed to the book.
Not too much to say, the first few chapters were really interesting, the rest is recipes. I liked what the author had to say about what we eat, why, and also just thinking about the whole picture of food. I liked the scriptures mentioned, and I appreciate that the author believes stewardship extends to the food system.
Aug 23, 2008 feathers rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: katie !
Recommended to feathers by: ashley
Shelves: kitchen-table
i will probably never be on board with the powdered milk gospel (um) advocated here, but the politics and perspective framing this cookbook are right on. encouraging experimentation, substitution, community, and an ecologically-light-footed (right?) culinary aesthetics, these recipes are great for dumpstered deliciousness !
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
One of my favorite cookbooks of all time. I kept the library copy until I thought they were going to come to my house and take it back. I finally have my own copy :)
1) A cookbook that embraces fresh vegetables! Lentils! Beans! And they're not side dishes!
2) I would consider becoming a Mennonite for this book alone.
The message is similar to other books I've read--eat lower down on the food chain more often, grow and prepare as much of your food as you can instead of relying on highly processed foods, etc.--but this is the first book I've read in which these practices are an expression of faith. I hadn't considered that eating more simply is also good stewardship of God's creation and good care of your neighbor, whether it's your local farmer or someone on the other side of the world making a small cut of m ...more
Based on quite a number of testimonials - folks saying like "this is the most used cookbook in our kitchen," "the pages are stained and its falling apart," and "I was so glad to get this as a wedding gift after using it as a kid" - I checked this out from the local library and kept it about 6 weeks.
It was worth the read if for no other reason than it taught me to cook rice on the stove-top, allowing me to discard my impossible-to-clean dedicated rice-maker. (Hint: add rice to pot. Add water to
Daniel Pool
This is a good book that hasn't aged super well, but still has some great recipes. Longacre was very ahead of her time with the first half of the book, urging her readers to eat less meat, eat less in general, and to always eat consciously. That being said, nothing she says will be news to anyone who has read anything by Pollan, Bittman, or anyone from that crowd. (It also includes some very good prayers and scriptures, if you are into that sort of thing)

The recipes as well are in a style that s
Dixie Diamond
Is that a dove on the cover? I keep thinking it's the state of Texas and wondering why it's sideways . . .

Not so much a bad cookbook as an outdated one. The ideas covered here are covered in greater depth in Diet for a Small Planet, and there are more modern meatless/reduced-meat cookbooks that are more inventive. (This is not vegetarian, although it does advocate eating less meat.) This seems to involve too many repetitive casseroles, dismal-sounding bean bakes, slightly-misguided attempts at m
Mandy Brown
Love this cookbook. My husband got it for me when we moved to Alaska. That was 9 years ago and still use recipes out of it at least 4 times a week. The recipes are easy to follow, good to eat, and good for you. If you enjoy meatless meals or are just looking for a way to save some money there are quite a few meatless meals in this book.
Louise Allana
Some of the recipes in this book are non-starters for me (anything with tomato sauce as an ingredient I despise), but plenty of the others are good, basic, filling staples (from many countries). This is the book I pull out when money is tight and I need to feed growing kids hearty food.
I adore this book! I checked it out once and renewed it for as long as I could. I'm on hold for it again, but it's taking forever. This is the way to go for people who want to cook with common, basic ingredients and skip the convenience items like canned mushroop soup, etc.

Update: This book was recommended in another book I have called The Tightwad Gazette. The best part about this cookbook is learning how to make your own basics and just knowing how these proselyting missionaries cook is pr
Lynn Spencer
This is one of my go-to cookbooks! I've had it for years, and it has delicious recipes. I also appreciate that the opening chapters of the book have helpful information on meal planning, nutrition, etc...

The foods in this book are simple but good (and this is where I finally learned how to cook rice without making a sticky mess of it!) In addition to emphasizing good nutrition, there are also lots of tips on how to cook well and still be frugal with your food budget. And while I'm not a vegetari
Liz De Coster
May 16, 2011 Liz De Coster rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Farmer's market/CSA enthusiasts
Shelves: food, hobbies
Borrowed from my sister, who purchased it on the recommendation of good family friends, and read after my mother, this collection of recipes in the "World Cookbook Collection" series really feels like a *community* cookbook. Similar in style to Junior League or other contribution-based cookbooks, More-With-Less has something for every taste - provided you're interested in what they're selling: simple food as part of a balanced diet within a responsible, sustainable agricultural system. The cookb ...more
Jul 02, 2007 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Likes Food, and is Concerned about Poverty
I read the older edition of this book, but believe the editions are identical. I love this cookbook. It is all about eating frugally, and more simply, and has a focus on how our eating choices effect others. There are some meat recipes in the book (the author is Pennsylvania Dutch and all!), but there is a heavy emphasis on eating less meat, and eating more vegetarian dishes, so I think the meat eaters and vegetarians alike will appreciate the book. The author is a conservative Christian (Mennon ...more
Carolyn Johnson
I haven't used as many recipes out of this but it does have a lot of simple, basic recipes. I've marked a bunch that I want to try.
Ann Reid
An unexepectedly great cookbook! Not only is the sentiment behind the book admirable, many of the recipes are really, really good. The recipe for Pilgrim Bread (a lovely multi-grain bread made with corn meal, rye and whole wheat flours) has become a staple in our small family. We make 2 loaves at a time and always keep an extra loaf or two in the freezer so we don't run out. I used to give brides-to-be "The Joy of Cooking," to get the inexperienced cooks off on the right foot-- but we live in a ...more
Jennifer Olson
Good cookbook with yummy recipes that require simple staple ingredients that won't break your budget.
Mazzou B
I grew up using this cookbook; it has some very useful healthy recipes in it! Try their granola!
Great tips on buying in bulk, cooking healthily but affordably, in an effort to simply your lifestyle.
My mother--who's since gone gourmet--raised us eating out of this Mennonite cookbook. Having become a gardener, and now learning to can, I was glad to receive the 25th anniversary edition as a gift. The introductory essays are as valuable as the recipes (which emphasize eating and living simply, as the saying goes, so that others might simply live). I like the "gather up the scraps" coda to every chapter; reminding the reader of ways to not waste any leftover food. Having twice visited my sister ...more
Sep 12, 2007 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: activists who want to live what they preach
Shelves: alltimefavorites
Is it weird to love a cookbook? I love this one. Technically it's a Mennonite book, but it really resonates with me as a Quaker and someone who wants to live closer to their beliefs. I haven't really adopted this lifestyle fully, but it definitely made me more conscience of where my food comes from and the impact it makes on the earth, and on my health. Trying a simpler, healthier, and kinder lifestyle doesn't have to be a huge, difficult undertaking. There is also a second book, called Extendin ...more
Great, basic cookbook. What I like most, though, is the author's philosophy on trying to live (eat) simply, make less with more, stay away from the myriad processed food products we consume, etc. etc. etc. This cookbook is from the Mennonites, was first published in the 70's, and was ahead of its time. It has lots of meatless or small-amounts-of-meat recipes. The downside: most of the recipes for veggies and salads are still higher in sugar/calories than what I tend to cook. However, it's very f ...more
Although this book is outdated in some ways, there are some great recipes in here. It is too preachy in spots, but there are a lot of good, basic recipes here that are useful for somebody who is trying to avoid processed foods or is interested in reducing their meat intake. When I find a recipe I like I copy it into my personal cookbook, because I know that eventually this thing will be so food-encrusted that the pages won't turn anymore. If you do decide to buy it, I would recommend looking for ...more
This cookbook is incredibly relevant today, given the extent of resources we still dedicate to meat production. A must read for those interested in cutting their carbon footprint who still want to eat delicious food.
This may sound funny, but this is my favorite book. I have read it and re-read it at least once a year since I got it. It has information that everyone, no matter their religion, can take to heart in today's world and global economy. It was my food guide while I was a Peace Corps volunteer and had to make do with what was available and taught me how to make subsstitutions, which I still do though grocery stores could supply me whatever I want whenever I want. It is a life guide if you read betwe ...more
Sarah Whitmore willis
Indispensable in Africa?
The recipes look great; I have at least 10 marked.

What makes this book very interesting is the "goal" the author has in writing it. There is a section devoted to facts regarding worldwide hunger, how North Americans complain about high food prices, yet pay the smallest percentage of their income for food, etc. Very eye-opening.

I also love the format of this book. It's a hardcover, but the pages are perforated to simulate a binder, making it easier to use while cooking.
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