Published Wednesday, March 05, 2008 by Susan Och | E-mail this post
Every winter, when the money gets tight, I reach for this cookbook. Every summer, when I'm trying to figure out how to use way too many zucchini
and tomatoes, I reach for this cookbook. In the spring, when I need another recipe for rhubarb, or in the fall, when baked squash is getting boring, I reach for the More with Less Cookbook
First published in 1976, this book deserves a new look. The last decade's flurry of TV cooking shows and celebrity chefs have left us with the impression that good cooking starts with scouring the world for exotic ingredients. As the carbon crisis challenges us to eat food produced closer to home, as food prices rise along with oil prices, this book shows us how to cook and eat in a cosmopolitan fashion while using the plain ingredients that we find at hand.
Some of it is dated. We no longer think that margarine is automatically more healthy than butter. Eggs are no longer 59 cents a dozen. But the basics are sound in this collection of proven recipes. The ideas are gathered from Mennonite communities worldwide, including farm families and missionaries. The introductions, anecdotes about food and hunger from around the globe, brings perspective and helps us appreciate the bounty that we still enjoy, even with rising food prices. Each chapter ends with advice to "Gather up the fragments", how to use leftovers that might otherwise go to waste.
Preheat oven to 350
- 12 slices bread (can be stale)
Arrange six slices in the bottom of a 9x13 pan Cover with:
- 6 slices cheese or 2 cup shredded cheese
Top with remaining bread. Beat together and pour over:
- 2 2/3 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
Bake 45 minutes or until puffed and golden.