Living More-with-Less

"Like a cookbook for life."

That's how author and activist Shane Claiborne describes Living More-with-Less: 30th Anniversary Edition.

[Living More-with-Less Cover]

It's an apt description. If Doris Janzen Longacre's first book, the More-with-Less Cookbook was just that—a cookbook to help people who wanted to cook more responsibly in light of world food needs—Living More with Less was a cookbook for simple, sustainable, sane and healthy living in a world where too many people lacked basic necessities for life.

Written in 1980, before living simply and "green" became trendy and popular, Living More with Less was a practical guide for living in simple, sustainable, and healthy ways—ways that keep the future of the planet, and the plight of poor people, in mind.

Thirty years later, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition is being released as a way to celebrate and honor Longacre, who died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 39, before she could complete the original manuscript.

In addition to Doris' original reflections on themes such as doing justice, learning from the world community, cherishing the natural order, and experiments in nonconformity, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition contains new and updated essays, reflections, inspiration and practical tips in areas such as money, homekeeping, gardening, cooking, clothing, transportation and technology. Click here for sample tips and ideas from the book.

Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition collects the wisdom and experience of those who live with less than a consumer culture says we need. With stories, reflections, and advice from people around the world who are making changes to their daily habits in response to climate change and global poverty, Living More with Less 30th Anniversary Edition is a vibrant collection of testimonies, old and new, of those who are discovering the joy of living with enough.

Or, to put it another way, it's a cookbook for life.

About Doris Janzen Longacre


Doris Janzen Longacre compiled the enormously popular More-with-Less Cookbook in 1976. Her next book, Living More with Less, was published in 1980, after her death, from cancer, in 1979. She was 39 years old. Click here for more information about Doris, including her sermon about dealing with cancer, some journal entries and poems, and the sermon and tribute given at her funeral.

Living More with Less Facebook Group

Click here to share your thoughts about living more with less on the Living More with Less Facebook page!


"This book was decades ahead of its time, and is just as relevant today as it was thirty years ago . . . It is like a cookbook for life."
—Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, speaker, and activist

"This message is even more important than it was thirty years ago . . . Herein lies sound advice for living sensibly."
—Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"Living More with Less . . . is a book filled with hope and encouragement."
—Nancy Sleeth, co-director of Blessed Earth and author of Go Green, Save Green: A Simple Guide to Saving Time, Money.

"Exceptionally wise, urgently necessary for the sake of saving our planet, pertinently and personally practical . . . who could not but rave about this book!"
—Marva Dawn, author of Unfettered Hope; Being Well When We're Ill; and Keeping the Sabbath Wholly

Click here to read all the endorsements.

Royalties from the sale of Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition go to Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development arm of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches of North America.

Valerie Weaver-Zercher, editor, Paul Schrock, editor of the first edition of Living More with Less, and Paul Longacre, husband of Doris Janzen Longacre, at the Dec. 11, 2010 launch of Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition in Harrisonburg, Va. Photo credit: Lindsey Kolb.
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