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[Martha Stewart]'s Living Omnimedia wouldn't be the vast empire it is today if everyone heeded [Doris Janzen Longacre]'s timeless advice of 35 years ago: "Hold in clear perspective the reason for celebrating. Don't expect food to be the total experience. More with less means affirming faith and relationships as the basis for celebrating, and letting food play a complementary role."
36 Canadian Mennonite June 28, 2010 Social Commentary induced anxiety in Doris Janzen Longacre’s gracious and lucid introduction to the On reading More-with-Less Cookbook. Could Janzen Longacre have foreseen how Stewart Martha and Doris would influence us when she wrote, “[T]he fact that in North America we tend to feast non-stop can dull our festive joy. . . . We require more and more trimming to turn By Pa m Peter s-Pries any celebration into a meal distinguishable MC Canada/MPN Joint Rele ase from our daily diet.” Or when she wrote, “Serving guests be- O n a recent vacation I browsed through sever- al copies of Martha Stewart’s thoughts: What if the layered spring omelette didn’t stack up as prettily as in the pic- comes an ego trip, rather than a relaxed meeting of friends around that most com- mon everyday experience of sharing food. Living magazine from the li- ture? Would people notice Gathering around the table in fellowship brary. Each issue was a feast if I used plain old table salt turns into entertaining.” of gorgeous photographs and instead of the coarse sea salt Stewart’s Living Omnimedia wouldn’t spectacular ideas. listed in the recipe? be the vast empire it is today if everyone S t e w a r t ’s m a g a z i n e s Reading Stewart’s maga- heeded Janzen Longacre’s timeless advice are seductive. As I flipped zine, you start to think it’s not of 35 years ago: “Hold in clear perspective through them, I dreamed simply welcoming friends the reason for celebrating. Don’t expect of my friends’ accolades as I into your home that matters. food to be the total experience. More with placed perfectly plated and It’s the effort and expense you less means affirming faith and relationships garn
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