If you're looking for tips on nutrition, meal planning, economical ways to stock a pantry, or fantastic suggestions to reduce waste, you will find them all in the book. This book was originally commissioned by the Mennonite Central Committee, and it is explained in the foreword that this church believed strongly that our beliefs should show through in how we are stewards of our resources. Though I am not Mennonite myself, I still think this book is full of many great ideas.
The cookbook opens with lots of fabulous bread and grain recipes. My most reliable bread recipes come from this book and I also absolutely love the Koinonia granola. You can find one blogger's tasty adaptation of the recipe here if you're interested. I make this stuff and put it in jars as gifts for faraway friends. I have several friends who love it!
Not surprisingly for a cookbook that deals with being good stewards of resources, one can find plenty of recipe using beans and lentils of all sorts as these are ingredients which stretch a meal rather easily. Monterey Beans and Cheese is a favorite of mine from More-With-Less and Junglewife, a missionary wife in Indonesia, seems to agree.
Pakistani Kima is my husband's favorite dish from the book, and Whole New Mom posted her delicious-sounding adaptation of the recipe earlier this week. I'd highly recommend giving it a whirl!
Now, if all of this has whetted your appetite and you want to explore the cookbook for yourself, you can find it HERE. You can also usually purchase it at Ten Thousand Villages stores.