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Beating the lunch box blues : fresh ideas for lunches on the go!
Hirsch, J. M.
Personal Author:
First Atria paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atria Books, 2013.
Physical Description:
x, 198 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
"Nobody wants a lunch cookbook. Especially not a lunch box cookbook. Because in the morning rush most of us aren't going to break out a recipe to bang out a brown bag special. What busy people need are ideas. And lots of them. If they're healthy, fun, easy and fall on the hipper end of the foodie spectrum, even better. That's what Beating the Lunch Box Blues is - an idea book to inspire anyone daunted by the daily ordeal of packing lunch. This is an un-cookbook, a collection of 180 delicious ideas for thinking outside the (lunch) box. The format is user friendly -- photos with tips and ideas, not recipes. Because you don't need a recipe to know that a grilled cheese with manchego and fig jam with a side of fruit salad splashed with balsamic is a delicious lunch. Or that kids and adults will go nuts for a DIY taco kit made from leftover chicken or steak, whole-wheat tortillas, shredded cheese, sour cream and veggies. The result is a cookbook-meets-flipbook approach to thinking about lunch, allowing parents and kids to page through fresh, healthy ideas for awesome meals. Hirsch also slipped in 30 recipes for fast and flavorful dinners. Because great lunches often are built from the leftovers of killer suppers"--
General Note:
Includes index.
Introduction. The tips ; The gear ; The book -- The cheat sheets. Feel-good convenience ; Leftover by design ; Mix it up ; Too cute to eat? ; The greatest thing since sliced bread ; In a jam? ; Feeling nutty? -- Feeling fowl : 18 lunches inspired by our favorite birds -- Fast & easy : 13 lunches that will have you packed in minutes -- Catch of the day : 10 lunches inspired by the sea -- Breakfast for lunch : 15 lunches that start at the breakfast table -- Sandwiches & things bready : 30 lunches for when you're feeling carby -- Linked : sausages : 8 lunches for when sausage is screaming out your name -- Little bites : 6 lunches for when you want to nibble -- Use your noodle : 13 lunches packed with pasta -- Salads : 18 lunches to lift you out of your iceberg doldrums -- Beefy : 14 lunches built big and beefy -- Vegetarian : 7 lunches that pack the produce -- Soups & such : 10 lunches that are slurpy good.

Introduction : The tips -- The gear -- The book ---- The Cheat Sheets : Feel-good convenience -- Leftover by design -- Mix it up -- Too cute to eat? -- The greatest thing since sliced bread -- In a jam? -- Feeling nutty? --- Feeling Fowl (18 Lunches Inspired By Our Favorite Birds) -- Dinner: Sweet-And-Sour Chicken -- Dinner: Thai Curry Barbecue Chicken Thighs -- Dinner: Turkey Sloppy Joes -- Dinner: Chicken Piccata With Red Pepper-Caper Sauce -- Dinner: Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Chicken And Dripping Good New Potatoes -- Dinner: Roasted Chicken Thighs With Garlicky White Beans And Tomatoes ---- Fast & Easy (13 Lunches That Will Have You Packed In Minutes) -- Catch Of The Day (10 Lunches Inspired By The Sea) -- Dinner: Lemon-Paprika Roasted Salmon -- Dinner: Baked Breaded Haddock -- Breakfast For Lunch (15 Lunches That Start At The Breakfast Table) -- Dinner: Whole-Wheat Pancakes -- Dinner: Roasted Ham Steaks With Savory Hash Browns -- Sandwiches & Things Bready (30 Lunches For When You're Feeling Carby) -- Dinner: Breaded And Baked Chicken Tenders With Sweet-And-Sour Sauce -- Dinner: Hoisin-Raspberry Pork Tenderloin -- Dinner: Maple Prosciutto And Egg Pizza -- Linked: Sausages (8 Lunches For When Sausage Is Screaming Out Your Name) -- Dinner: Roasted Winter Veggies With Chorizo -- Dinner: Red Beans And Rice With Sausage -- Dinner: Tomato-Pepper Braised Sausages -- Little Bites (6 Lunches For When You Want To Nibble) -- Use Your Noodle (13 Lunches Packed With Pasta) -- Dinner: American Chop Suey -- Dinner: Bacon-Cauliflower Mac And Cheese -- Dinner: Fettuccine With Bacon-Basil Pesto And Chicken -- Dinner: Pasta Puttanesca -- Dinner: Penne With Sausage And Broccolini -- Salads (18 Lunches To Lift You Out Of Your Iceberg Doldrums) -- Beefy (14 Lunches Built Big And Beefy) -- Dinner: Flank Steak With Chimichurri Sauce -- Dinner: Chili-Garlic Beef With Roasted Broccoli -- Dinner: Barbecue Marinated Beef Tips With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes -- Dinner: Slow Cooker Five-Spice Pot Roast -- Dinner: Hoisin-Glazed Meatloaf -- Dinner: Rosemary-Port Braised Beef Short Ribs -- Vegetarian (7 Lunches That Pack The Produce) -- Soups & Such (10 Lunches That Are Slurpy Good) -- Dinner: Speedy Sweet Heat Chili -- Dinner: Speedy Beef Stew -- Dinner: Cashew Curry Chicken With Squash.


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Longing for more than yet another limp salad? Tired of tussling with the kids over junk food lunch kits? Sounds like you've got the lunch box blues. J. M. Hirsch has the fix.

But it isn't a cookbook. Because when it comes to lunch, nobody has time to break out a recipe to bang out a brown bag special. Busy people need lunch ideas. Lots of them. And those ideas need to be healthy, fast, easy, affordable, and delicious.

That's what Beating the Lunch Box Blues is--an idea book to inspire anyone daunted by the daily ordeal of packing lunch. Jammed with nearly 200 photos and more than 500 tips and meals, this book is designed to save families time, money, and their sanity.

Whether you want to jazz up a grilled cheese, turn leftover steak into a DIY taco kit, or make pizza "sushi," Hirsch has it covered. And because the best lunches often are built from the leftovers of great suppers, he has also included 30 fast and flavorful dinner recipes designed to make enough for tomorrow, too. Crazy good stuff like short ribs braised in a Rosemary-Port Sauce, Hoisin-Glazed Meatloaf, and kid-friendly classics such as Turkey Sloppy Joes and American Chop Suey.

With ideas this easy and this delicious, there's no reason to let the lunch box blues get you down.

Author Notes

J. M. Hirsch is the national food editor for The Associated Press. He blogs about the trials and tribulations of his son's lunches at and tweets as @JM_Hirsch. His previous books include High Flavor, Low Labor: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking and Venturesome Vegan Cooking . He lives in New Hampshire with his son, wife, and too many cats.

Foreword by Rachael Ray

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Library Journal Review

Busy workers and parents tired of making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will appreciate this collection of ideas for fast, easy, and more interesting lunches. Refreshingly, Hirsch (food editor, Associated Pr.; High Flavor, Low Labor), a working dad himself, offers an alternative to unhealthy convenience food without preaching or shunning convenience itself. The author, whose blog, Lunch Box Blues (, appears on celebrity chef Rachael Ray's website, generally eschews recipes in favor of simple guidelines, and his conversational tone shines through. These lunches can be prepared in five to ten minutes, don't require reheating, and will appeal to both children and adults. Hirsch often pairs his lunches with a dinner or breakfast idea to make the best use of leftovers; for example, rosemary-port braised beef short ribs can become DIY beef sliders or short ribs and pasta. Vegetarian options are included as well. VERDICT This strong resource on a topic that few have written about in the past year will appeal to brown-baggers on the go as well as to fans of Hirsch and Ray, who penned the book's introduction.--Audrey -Barbakoff, Kitsap Regional Lib., Bainbridge Island, WA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.