More with Less Cookbook Review

More with Less Cookbook Review

Title: More with Less
Author: Doris Janzen Longacre and Rachael Marie Stone
Published: September 27, 2016, Herald Press
No. of Pages: 384
Cover Price: $22.99 Paperback

Nowadays, “Simplify” seems to be the key word. While none of us really like change, More with Less is an excellent cookbook to help us make gradual changes in areas where we want to simplify our lives. Although this book has been popular over a 40-year span, this new edition includes some welcome changes that will be helpful to most of us who are unfortunately to busy to get everything done.

The authors, who are Mennonites, have added not only recipes and instructions for simplifying our diets and the foods we serve, but hints for finding joy in eating, cooking, and sharing. The cookbook has some religious articles which may or may not be a plus, depending on your personal beliefs, but there are dozens of excellent suggestions on taking the unhealthy food from our lives which is generally a must for most of us – we like to keep our families and ourselves healthy, and what the big food companies have done with our foods with GMOs, additives, preservatives, etc., should be considered criminal.

The book includes excellent recipes that most cooks will want to make, and many are quick and easy. It includes lists for basic equipment needed in the kitchen, as well as lists for a well-stocked pantry. There is a list of meal themes with variations that is good for ideas when wondering just what to cook for dinner.

The book includes excellent salad dressings, such as homemade mayonnaise made in the blender in less than 10 minutes, and a yummy Thousand Island dressing made with that mayonnaise. Other favorites that turned out picture perfect are a Fresh Fruit Salad Dressing that is great over any fruit from apples to watermelon and a yummy sweet and sour Refrigerator Coleslaw. Cauliflower is popular at our house, and we loved the simple and quick Cauliflower Salad in the book. The Monterey Beans and Cheese is now a favorite with Mexican food (I substitute Pinto beans because my husband prefers them), and the Caribbean Beans and Rice makes a perfect and delicious side dish with our favorite Jerk Chicken.

There are dozens of great soup recipes, and one that is quite unique, but delicious is a savory Peanut Soup that thrilled my peanut butter lovers. There are noodle dishes, rice dishes, casseroles, and curries. The easy Yakisoba may become a quick and easy go-to favorite in your home as it is in mine. The book features recipes from every corner of the globe, and every one I have tried so far has been good. There are recipes for vegetarians, meat lovers, vegetable lovers, and dessert lovers. Mennonites are famous for their baked goods, so you’ll not want to miss the dozens of fabulous bread recipes and desserts which include puddings, fruit crumbles, cakes, pies, and cookies.

My personal recipe queue from this cookbook is a mile long. I plan to purchase copies for my children, since they often get in ruts and can’t think of anything exciting to cook. I recommend this book for anyone who runs out of ideas for easy meals and likes simple good food.

Special Thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this cookbook.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
More-With-Less: A World Community Cookbook

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