Doris Janzen Longacre grew up in Elbing, Kan., and Tucson, Ariz. She attended Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and received her BA in home economics from Goshen (Indiana) College, Goshen in 1961. She also studied at Goshen Biblical Seminary and Kansas State University.
She taught home economics at Hesston Academy and College from 1961�63 and served along with her family in Mennonite Central Committee ssignments in Vietnam from 1964�67 and in Indonesia from 1971�72.
Doris was chairperson of the Akron Mennonite Church from 1973�76, member of the Board of Overseers of Goshen Biblical Seminary from 1976�79, and a frequent speaker and worship leader at church conferences in Canada and the United States.
In 1976 she compiled the More-with-Less Cookbook, which has become a household item for persons wanting to cook more responsibly in light of world food needs. Her next book, Living More with Less, was published in 1980, after her death, from cancer, in 1979. She was 39 years old.
Valerie Weaver-Zercher is a writer and editor in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orion, Sojourners, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Publishers Weekly, and The Mennonite, among others. She is a contributing editor at Sojourners and a book reviewer for The Christian Century.
Weaver-Zercher�s writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and receives special mention in the 33rd Pushcart anthology, and she received a 2009 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Weaver-Zercher does copyediting and editorial development for a variety of publishers. She has a master�s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University.
Weaver-Zercher was born in Shirati, Tanzania, where her parents worked with Eastern Mennonite Missions. She and her husband David and three children attend Slate Hill Mennonite Church. The Weaver-Zerchers spent a year working with Mennonite Central Committee in Hindman, Kentucky.