More-with-Less: A Cookbook Recommendation


We recently attended a Ten thousand Villages sale. Ten Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit, self-supporting Fair Trade Organization (FTO). FTOs are non-governmental organizations designed to benefit artisans, not to maximize profits. They market products from handicraft and agricultural organizations based in low-income countries, providing consumers with products that have been fairly purchased from sustainable sources.

One of the items that we purchased was a cookbook. Now I have quite a few cookbooks and usually pick them up at book sales where they cost be a buck or two, but, this one caught my attention and I had to buy it.

Last night’s supper was inspired by the stir fry recipe on page 222.

Stir fried bean sprouts;

Heat in wok or skill until very hot

2 Tbsp. oil

Add and stir fry

1 lb fresh bean sprouts

2 green onions, cut in 1 ½ inch lengths

1 1/2 tsp. salt- I use sea salt

And a dash of soy sauce.

Now I was inspired having just finished reading the first 30 pages of the book so I added, sliced sweet potato, snow peas 9 1 cup) and ½ cup diced beef.

It was delicious.

What, besides, the title. More-with-Less caught my attention and left me no option but to purchase this book was the following:

You are what you eat.

“You are what you eat cautions the old adage. We tend to think of it in a physical sense, but Doris Longacre is More-with-Less Cookbook raise the question on a different level. Does what you eat affect who you are spiritually?”

I have been using the adage, you re what you eat for some years now when I talked with people about their food choices. Most often it was about health and physical well-being but now and then the talks turned to the spiritual side of our menu selection.

Finding this cookbook that was exploring and discussing food from a spiritual perspective was one good reason to bring it home.

The many and diverse recipes are another; soups, stir fries and stews plus much more. More-with-Less has useful tips and suggestions that can help you simplify your grocery shopping and meal planning.

This recipe is great when you want somethign fast and fun.

Ten-Minute all-In-One Meal:

Preheat broiler.

For each person to be served, place side by side ona cookie sheet:

2 slices whole wheat bread

Layer on each slice of bread

1 slice from a large tomato

1 this slice from a large onion

1 slice favourite hard cheese.

Broil until cheese melts and edges of bread are crusty. Eat with fork or fingers.

The back cover of this cookbook offers ome sage advice:

3 ways to eat more-with-less

1- eat more whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

2- Use meat and dairy products in moderation

3- Avoid processed and convenience foods.

If you are looking for a gift for your favourite cook or simply want to treat yourself, this cookbook will reward you many times over. I gave More-with-Less 10 out of 10.

snow pea and beef
snow pea and beef

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Michele Engholm 9 years ago from Hutchinson

Bob, I happen to have this cookbook. Sadly Doris Longacre is no longer with us. She passed away while writing her last book, "Living More with Less" also a great book.

Thanks for this hub.

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Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I almost bought that one as well. I ahd a chat with Bonnie Zook at the sale, she coordinated the recipe tasting for Doris.

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Michele Engholm 9 years ago from Hutchinson

Cool...That must have been a fun day! I wish I was there!!

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Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick Author

we had a great chat. I emailed her the link to the hub.

Melissa Garrett 9 years ago

I'll have to look for this cookbook the next time I am downtown. Ten Thousand Villages is one of my favorite shops.

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bluewaitress 9 years ago

Thank you!

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