Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go!

Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go!

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by J. M. Hirsch
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Bobby Deen
"You'll wish your mama had packed you these lunches. Fast, easy, healthy and delicious!"
Melissa d'Arabian
"This is not your average “been there, done that” lunch-packing idea book. This is revolutionary. This will change lives of many a parent (starting with me)."
Sara Moulton
“J.M. Hirsch gets you thinking out of the (lunch) box by inventing alternative ways to prepare and package the usual suspects, introducing completely new ideas (pizza sushi anyone?) and offering terrific strategies that makes it seem so do-able. Heck, he makes lunch box cuisine fun!!”
Jamie Oliver
"Balanced, clever lunch-time fodder – just the recipe for happy kids, every day of the week."
Library Journal
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 (www.lunchboxblues.com), 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476726724
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Rachael Ray Books Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
295,353
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 7.22(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

J.M. Hirsch is the national food editor for The Associated Press. He is on Instagram and Twitter as @JM_Hirsch. His previous books include Beating the Lunch Box Blues, High Flavor, Low Labor: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking and Venturesome Vegan Cooking. He lives in New Hampshire.

Rachael Ray is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty cookbooks. She is the host of the Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, as well as the Cooking Channel’s and the Food Network’s Week in a Day. She is also the star of the syndicated talk show Rachael Ray; founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray; and founder of the Yum-o! organization.

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Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go! 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected this book would contain recipes to pack for lunch. It doesn't. It has recipies for dinners and that's it. It does show you how you could pack the dinner as leftovers for lunch...but there are no instructions on how to actually do it. I might want to look at a picture of a Reuben salad, but I'd like it more if it actually told me how to make it. There was no sample available, so I took a chance. I highly regret it. What an absolute waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cook book is perfect for creative lunch ideas. Its packed with great recipes and tricks to turn one dinner into two different lunches with the leftovers.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Beating The Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas For Lunches On The Go Author: J M Hirsch Publisher: Atria Books Published: 9-3-2013 ISBN: 9781476726724 E-Book ASIN: Pages: 204 Genre: Food And Wine Tags: Cooking Tire of the same old brown bag lunch? Then pick up your copy of Beating the Lunch Box Blues and throw that old brown bag away and upgrade to something more interesting. Starting with the knowledge that J M Hirch is a working mother and knows that you do not have hours to prepare your daily lunch so she gives your ways to prepare delicious lunches quickly and easily. An example would be that when making your dinner prepare extra so that you have more than enough for lunch the next day. She also gives you some cues as to what type of lunch box to buy. The recipes for adult are on the assumption that adults have access to a microwave. The recipes for the children are with the thought that they will be eaten either cold or heated and placed in a thermos for eating later. Ms. Hirch provides a few cheat sheets for simple additions to take your lunch box meal up a notch with just a few additions or changes to a simple meal. Then we get to the recipes themselves. They are written in such a way that anyone form the youngest to the oldest cook can follow them easily. The first up is one of my favorites, sweet and sour chicken. I have to tell you the flavor that comes out on this dish will have you drooling. and Then we have popovers to one of my family's favorite Left over thanksgiving sandwiches. Don't laugh these are to die for. So many simple ideas to make your lunch so much more than just a lunch meat sandwich. This is definitely a keeper for my kitchen's top shelf. The shelf where I keep the cookbooks I use the most.