More-with-Less Cookbook, Fortieth Anniversary Edition A World Community Cookbook

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A World Community Cookbook
More-with-Less Cookbook, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

How we cook can change the world.

With one small idea, a movement was born. The essential cookbook of simple eating and Christian compassion, More-with-Less has given generations of cooks basic, 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 and offers updates by award-winning food writer Rachel Marie Stone.

If you own just one cookbook, More-with-Less is the one. Serve your household nourishing meals and inspiring stories about sharing resources and living with less. Join a community that is cooking with a conscience.

The World Community Cookbook series benefits the work of Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of relief, development, and peace. Nearly one million copies sold.

Simple. Wholesome. Generous. Faithful.

Key features of the 40th Anniversary edition include:

  • Classic recipes with tips for contemporary cooks
  • Colorful photographs throughout
  • Lay-flat binding
  • 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

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Part I: More with Less
    • 1. Less with More
    • 2. Change: An Act of Faith
    • 3. Building a Simpler Diet
    • 4. Eat with Joy
  • Part II: Sharing the Recipes
    • 1. Starters and Snacks
    • 2. Salads
    • 3. Soups
    • 4. Legumes
    • 5. Main Dishes
    • 6. Vegetables
    • 7. Breads and Breakfasts
    • 8. Desserts
    • 9. Beverages
    • 10. Preserving and Gardening
Format: Paperback book
Product code: MM9964
Dimensions: 7" x 9"
Length: 384 pages
MennoMedia / Herald Press
ISBN: 978-0-8361-9964-2
Written by Doris Janzen Longacre and Rachel Marie Stone


It’s easy to assume eating ethically, with a clean conscience, means spending more than we can afford on the dinner table. This cookbook gratefully and cheerfully proves that assumption wrong, with its simple, hearty, and conscious-driven recipes. I’m grateful for this tool as our family pursues eating well—both in our bellies and in our compassion for others.
Tsh Oxenreider, author of At Home in the World and Notes from a Blue Bike
This beautiful anniversary edition of More-with-Less honors Doris Longacre’s vision to help people eat more compassionately, more mindfully, and better. Conscientious eaters will appreciate the wise resourcefulness found within.
Lisa Graham McMinn, author of To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community
More-with-Less has possibly educated more people around the world about Mennonite values and beliefs than any book of history or theology. Longacre’s culinary politics were at the forefront of a food sustainability revolution that is even more relevant today.
Marlene Epp, professor of history and peace and conflict studies, Conrad Grebel University
More-with-Less is a gentle, delicious, communal reminder that all our food choices—in ways seen and unseen—are tied to people’s lives, sometimes on the other side of the world and sometimes to our neighbors. Eating simply is good for all of us, and we are all in this together.
Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activist Handbook
Besides being a book to cook with, More-with-Less is a book to live with. Not only will you find recipes to savor food, but you will discover new ways to savor community and celebrate the world’s diversity of peoples and places. This book is an invitation to receive and share God’s gift of life.
Norman Wirzba, author of Food and Faith
My well-worn copy of More-with-Less has not only been my go-to cookbook, but also a call to care for the earth and seek fair food for all. This beautiful edition continues to inspire and invite us all to take action, in our kitchens and around the world.
Stefan Epp-Koop, acting executive director, Food Matters Manitoba
We are connected to our food—cultivating it, preserving it, and preparing it. We are nurturers instead of consumers. This shift affects our relationship to the Giver of our daily bread. We become co-creators with God and stewards of God’s garden. More-with-Less Cookbook invites us to recognize and remember this connection.
Mary Beth Lind, coauthor of Simply in Season
More-with-Less Cookbook is more than a collection of recipes. When I was a young adult, it helped shape my worldview. The tips and suggestions taught me how to buy food and cook responsibly. It helped me realize that for Christians even the simple act of cooking a meal can be a testimony of faithfulness.
Marlene Harder Bogard, executive director, Mennonite Women USA
More-with-Less still speaks the truth today. It’s comforting to know that the same simple advice can hold true in an ever more complex food environment. Food tastes best when shared with others and better still when you know you aren’t taking it away from someone who needs it more. (From the foreword to the 40th Anniversary Edition)
Leanne Brown, author of Good and Cheap
More-with-Less reminds us that what we eat and how we eat impacts those for whom food may not be readily available. These delicious, healthy recipes are designed to simplify what can be a stressful and often wasteful process. This book recaptures our imagination and empowers us to enjoy the fullness of God’s wonderful creation through food and community.
Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy, World Relief
In a world in which more than 750 million people don’t have enough to eat, it is important to reflect on what and how we eat. This edition of More-with-Less continues the fine tradition of helping readers eat and live in ways that show concern for those who are poor and hungry.
Jim Cornelius, executive director, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
This is a fine and important book, one that heralds with good spirit significant and necessary changes that clearly are on their way. The author has…produced a book that is an act of faith, a reservoir of information and a practical manual. (on the 1976 edition)
Review: Publishers Weekly
More-With-Less has been a go-to resource for forty years because it’s classic—reliable ingredients, timeless recipes, and practical advice for practical cooks. Like a favorite pair of jeans, you’ll find yourself returning to this cookbook over and over again. The best text for being a good steward of God’s creation while making memories around the table!
Nancy Sleeth, author of Almost Amish and director of Blessed Earth