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On reading Martha and Doris

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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."

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									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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