Food, faith, community

Eating together is one of the simple, basic structures of life. Sharing food, passing it, serving each other, talking about what happened at school or work helps us enter into community around the table.

Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the iconic More with Less Cookbook (Herald Press, 1976), writes “Eating with joy is eating together. Jesus hallowed the common meal when he broke bread, shared wine . . . It was at mealtime that he revealed himself as risen Lord to the two disciples from Emmaus.”

Mennonites have long married food and faith, as evidenced by Mennonite Community Cookbook and More with Less Cookbook. And why not?

Another bestselling Mennonite cookbook author, Phyllis Pellman Good, writes, “Preparing food, and eating it, is tactile. It is experiential. It insists that technology, with its utter immediacy, yet barren distances from the presence of others, will not ultimately determine the quality of our lives and relationships. Food can help to pace us . . . We can invite others to bring dishes they’ve made and join us in eating while we all unwind and renew ourselves together.” (From Center for Mennonite Writing, July 15, 2013)

So if you resonate with any or all of this, like and share this site to spread the love!

There are so many ways to get in on the fun. Throughout 2015 one winner will be chosen each week to receive one of the following cookbooks for FREE.

Click through the site to see all the different ways we are inviting you to share your creativity and experiences cooking from Mennonite Community Cookbook.

8 thoughts on “Food, faith, community”

  1. Have read the More With Less cookbook, have long wanted Emma Showalter’s cookbook. Hoping that I will win a copy this year.

    1. Most of the giveaway contests are offering five other cookbooks as prizes. I need to add that information! We will have to think about your idea for offering Mary Emma Showalter’s book as a prize. 🙂 But it is on a great prepub sale price right now at $18.75 which you may want to take advantage of, but that is up to you!

    1. Love your blanket recommendation! Awesome! Ok if we quote you? And come back often as we get this blog and year of contests going. Thanks for your early comment.

  2. Wish there were good tasting recipes that contain smaller amounts of fat & sodium! Would love to win a free cookbook…… Blessings to you all!

    1. C.J., we agree, and if Mary Emma were collecting her book today, she would probably include different recipes! I’m sure you are aware of More with Less Cookbook (for which she wrote a foreword) and Simply in Season, both good cookbooks with smaller amounts of fat, sodium, and using local foods in season. We will enter your name in the drawing!

  3. My grandma Broich who lived in Lancaster, PA made a peach desert that was amazing. It wasn’t a pie or a cobbler; don’t think it was a cake either. Maybe someone can think of an unique peach creation that will help me recreate the mystery dish.

  4. I looked at my copy, which mentions several previous printings, but I wondered which printings actually contained edits… recipes omitted, new recipes added, etc. I assume that some prints were simply copies of the previous editions, with no changes.


    Gayle Ann

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