My absolute favorite cookbook is “More with Less” by Doris Janzen Longacre.
This cookbook emphasizes the importance of simplifying. Getting back to the basic ingredients. To therefore get more food with less ingredients.
In the US, we waste so much food. While much of the world goes starving. I lived for 6 years in a third world country. Although the starvation was not evident in the mountain town where we resided, it was evident in the poorer regions of the island. Most of the people went into debt just to have rice and beans to cook. And maybe a vegetable and some meat/chicken.
While living overseas, I was forced to learn how to “cook from scratch” and make well rounded meals. Meals with color and texture varieties. Meals that were balanced and nutritious. Meals that made more with less.
The “sister” cookbook to “More with Less” is titled “Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook.” From the foreward (pg 7), “Food is a medium of comunication, but it is more; in a mysterious way, it is part of the message, as Jesus so vividly portrayed in the breaking of bread and distribution of the cup. Extending the Table presents recipes and stories of people from around the world. Many of them live with few material resources, yet they share gifts which point us toward a different and freer way of life.”
There is great simplicity to be found in basic cooking. Simplicity in this chaotic life is hard to come by, but I long for it. One way I can help simplify my life is through my cooking!
I highly recommend these cookbooks. One meal a week, then two meals a week, and so on…little by little you too can cook “more with less”!